Chapter 16

Sarai and Hagar

16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife/sister had borne him no children[nothing new here, when she was introduced in an earlier chapter, we were told she was barren], and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children[We can’t blame here here, knowledge of reproduction was not understood at this point in time. She could safely blame one of the gods for stopping her from getting pregnant].Please go in[i hope you know what this means] to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.

He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.[Why change of heart? she has just told Abe to get himself children with Hagar]

And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done me be upon you[where is the wrong? she authorized the relationship]. I gave my maid into your arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the Lord judge between you and me.” But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her what is good in your sight[why is Abram shirking responsibility, does he expect Sarai to be merciful to Hagar?].” So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence.

Lets just say, Hagar being shown the door by Sarai

Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai [Sarai must be a vile woman, whence did she expect a pregnant Hagar to go?].” Then the angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself  to her authority.” 10 Moreover, the angel of the Lord said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count[so the angels could also make this prmise, or it just the reserve of the gods? I need help here].”11 The angel of the Lord said to her further,

“Behold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son[in future this same message will be told to some other maiden];
And you shall call his name Ishmael[ now you know where the Muslims get their descendants from through Abram, just in case you were not in the know],
Because the Lord has given heed to your affliction.

12 “He will be a wild donkey of a man[ what does this mean?],
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyone’s hand will be against him;
And he will live to the east[how far is this east from the initial east? Have they not started going west yet?] of all his brothers.”

13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him[later on we will be told no one can see the lord and live. So either the scribe was not aware of these times when people saw God or he will change his mind about being seen]?” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore[why the repetition], Ishmael[I thought he was given this name by the gods or is it Abram, am confused here].16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him[this guy has vitality, seriously at 86!].

Genesis 12

Abram Journeys to Egypt

It is perhaps better to start this chapter with an apology. In looking at the previous chapter, I left out a very important part, and that is Abram’s plot. Since I don’t intend to revise the whole chapter here, I will just mention what for my purposes I find as important. Abram is married to Sarai who is his father’s daughter, did I confuse you? No, I meant to say he is married to his sister and there migration from Ur, the land of the Chaldeans. Here you will find a more historical analysis of the passages and place names than I can be able to do. Now that we have that information behind us, we will move straight to chapter 12, if you allow me. Thank you very much.

12 Now the Lord said to Abram,

“Go forth from your country,

Abram’s departure

And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so  you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse[Is it only me, but i think this god has a propensity to cursing people or things].
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons[so here we have the first slave owner and driver] which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan.

Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “ To your descendants I will give this land[this land belongs to someone else, why give it to Abram? can’t he just relocate him somewhere else? This has been the reason for the loss of so many Palestinian lives and a few Israelis. Can’t we just find a way to coexist in peace?].” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel[ for those who are not conversant with god-talk, el here is a reference to god, Bethel means house of el.], and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev.

10 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife/sister, “See now, I know that you are a  beautiful woman;12  and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live[Why would they want to kill him? Something fishy is in the works, I will not spoil the fun for you though].

13 Please say that you are my sister[which is not far from the truth] so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you[what does she gain from his being alive].”

14 It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and  gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels[ the father of faith is also the first pimp or should i say the great pimp? Pimps his wife/sister for slaves, donkeys and camels].

17 But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues[why not punish the real culprit here, Abram, for deceiving the Pharaoh? What type of justice does this God give?] because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “ What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” 20 Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.[Enough said]