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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter XVII

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1And in the first year of the fifth 1 Probably ‘fourth’ should be read. Cp. xvi. 15. week in this jubilee Isaac was weaned; and Abraham gave a great feast in the third month, on the day his son Isaac was weaned. 2And Ishmael, the son of Hagar, the Egyptian, was present in his place opposite 2 Lit. ‘before the face of’. his father Abraham; and Abraham rejoiced and blessed God because he had seen his sons and had not died childless. 3And he remembered the words he had spoken to him on the day Lot parted from him; and he rejoiced because the Lord had given him offspring on the earth to possess it, and he blessed and praised 3 Eth. ‘blessed with all his heart’: Lat. ‘blessed with all his mouth’. the creator of all things. 4And Sarah saw Ishmael playing and dancing, 4 So Eth.: Lat. ‘playing with Isaac’ (i.e. playfully teasing him? – as in the Midrash). and Abraham rejoicing with great joy; and a fit of jealousy came over her, and she said to Abraham, Drive out this slave-girl and her son, for this slave-girl's son shall not be heir with my son Isaac. 5And Abraham was distressed by her demand that he should drive them out, both on his slave-girl's account and on his son's. 6And God said to Abraham, Do not distress yourself, either on the child's account,or on the slave-girl's: do everything Sarah has told you to do; for through Isaac shall your true descent be traced. 5 Lit. ‘shall your name and seed be called’. 7As for this slave-girl's son, I will make of him a great nation, because he is a child of your's.

8And Abraham got up early in the morning and took bread and a bottle of water, and he put them and the child on Hagar's shoulders, and he sent her away. 9And she went and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba; and the water in the bottle was finished, and the child was thirsty and not able to go on, and he fell to the ground. 10And his mother carried him and went and laid him under an olive tree; and she herself went and sat down some way off, about a bowshot's distance away, for she said, How can I watch my child die? 6 Lit. ‘Let me not see the death of my child’. 11And she sat and wept. And an angel of God (one of the holy ones) said to her, Why are you weeping, Hagar? Get up, take the child, and hold him in your arms; for God has heard your cry and has seen the child. 12And she opened her eyes and saw a well of water, and she went and filled her bottle with water and gave her child a drink; and she rose and went in the direction of the wilderness of Paran. 13And the child grew up and became an archer, and God was with him; and his mother found him a wife from among the women of Egypt. 14And she bore him a son, and he called him Nebaioth, for she said, The Lord was near me when I invoked him.

15And it came to pass in the seventh week, in the first year of it, in the first month in this jubilee, on the twelfth of this month, it was said 7 Lit. ‘there were voices’. in heaven about Abraham, that he had been faithful in doing everything the Lord 8 Text ‘he’. had told him to do, and that he loved the Lord, and that in every affliction he had been faithful. 16And the prince Mastema came and said in God's presence, Behold, Abraham loves his son Isaac dearly and dotes on him more than on anything else: tell him to offer him as a whole-offering on the altar, and see if he will carry out this order; and then you will know if he is really faithful in every test you subject him to. 17But the Lord knew that Abraham was faithful in all his afflictions; for he had tested him through the command to leave his country and with famine, and he had tested him with the wealth of kings, and he had tested him again through his wife (when she was torn away from him) and with circumcision, and he had tested him through Ishmael and Hagar, his slave-girl (when he sent them away). 18And in every test to which the Lord subjected him, he had been found faithful, and he was not impatient, nor was he slow to act; for he was faithful and loved the Lord.

Notes:

1 Probably ‘fourth’ should be read. Cp. xvi. 15.

2 Lit. ‘before the face of’.

3 Eth. ‘blessed with all his heart’: Lat. ‘blessed with all his mouth’.

4 So Eth.: Lat. ‘playing with Isaac’ (i.e. playfully teasing him? – as in the Midrash).

5 Lit. ‘shall your name and seed be called’.

6 Lit. ‘Let me not see the death of my child’.

7 Lit. ‘there were voices’.

8 Text ‘he’.

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