Hagar, an Egyptian, was the servant of Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Because Sarah was childless, she appointed Hagar to have a child with Abraham. Hagar gave birth to Abraham's first son, Ishmael. (Genesis 16:1-4). Sarah, however, later had a son with Abraham, named Isaac. After that, Sarah had Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away.

Hagar and her boy hiked into the wilderness of Beer-sheba, and with God's help they survived. An Angel of God called to Hagar and told her not to be afraid, that God would make a great nation of Ishmael's descendents. Hagar and her son lived in the wilderness of Paran, and God blessed the boy who later became an expert archer. Hagar arranged a marriage for Ishmael with a girl from Egypt and later has twelve grandsons.

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