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ISHMAEL -- legendary source of Arabs and religious tradition for Mohamed

GENESIS, 16, Hagar gave birth to Ishmael
16:1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had given him no children; and she had a servant, a woman of Egypt whose name was Hagar. 16:2 And Sarai said to Abram, See, the Lord has not let me have children; go in to my servant, for I may get a family through her. And Abram did as Sarai said. 16:3 So after Abram had been living for ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai took Hagar, her Egyptian servant, and gave her to Abram for his wife. 16:4 And he went in to Hagar and she became with child, and when she saw that she was with child, she no longer had any respect for her master's wife. 16:5 And Sarai said to Abram, May my wrong be on you: I gave you my servant for your wife and when she saw that she was with child, she no longer had any respect for me: may the Lord be judge between you and me. 16:6 And Abram said, The woman is in your power; do with her whatever seems good to you. And Sarai was cruel to her, so that she went running away from her. 16:7 And an angel of the Lord came to her by a fountain of water in the waste land, by the fountain on the way to Shur. 16:8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's servant, where have you come from and where are you going? And she said, I am running away from Sarai, my master's wife. 16:9 And the angel said to her, Go back, and put yourself under her authority. 16:10 And the angel of the Lord said, Your seed will be greatly increased so that it may not be numbered. 16:11 And the angel of the Lord said, See, you are with child and will give birth to a son, to whom you will give the name Ishmael, because the ears of the Lord were open to your sorrow. 16:12 And he will be like a mountain ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man's hand against him, and he will keep his place against all his brothers. 16:13 And to the Lord who was talking with her she gave this name, You are a God who is seen; for she said, Have I not even here in the waste land had a vision of God and am still living? 16:14 So that fountain was named, Fountain of Life and Vision: it is between Kadesh and Bered. 16:15 And Hagar gave birth to a child, the son of Abram, to whom Abram gave the name of Ishmael. 16:16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael.

GENESIS, 17, Circumcision
17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord came to him, and said, I am God, Ruler of all; go in my ways and be upright in all things, 17:2 And I will make an agreement between you and me, and your offspring will be greatly increased. 17:3 And Abram went down on his face on the earth, and the Lord God went on talking with him, and said, 17:4 As for me, my agreement is made with you, and you will be the father of nations without end. 17:5 No longer will your name be Abram, but Abraham, for I have made you the father of a number of nations. 17:6 I will make you very fertile, so that nations will come from you and kings will be your offspring. 17:7 And I will make between me and you and your seed after you through all generations, an eternal agreement to be a God to you and to your seed after you. 17:8 And to you and to your seed after you, I will give the land in which you are living, all the land of Canaan for an eternal heritage; and I will be their God. 17:9 And God said to Abraham, On your side, you are to keep the agreement, you and your seed after you through all generations. 17:10 And this is the agreement which you are to keep with me, you and your seed after you: every male among you is to undergo circumcision. 17:11 In the flesh of your private parts you are to undergo it, as a mark of the agreement between me and you. 17:12 Every male among you, from one generation to another, is to undergo circumcision when he is eight days old, with every servant whose birth takes place in your house, or for whom you gave money to someone of another country, and not of your seed. 17:13 He who comes to birth in your house and he who is made yours for a price, all are to undergo circumcision; so that my agreement may be marked in your flesh, an agreement for all time. 17:14 And any male who does not undergo circumcision will be cut off from his people: my agreement has been broken by him. 17:15 And God said, As for Sarai, your wife, from now her name will be not Sarai, but Sarah. 17:16 And I will give her a blessing so that you will have a son by her: truly my blessing will be on her, and she will be the mother of nations: kings of peoples will be her offspring. 17:17 Then Abraham went down on his face, and laughing, said in his heart, May a man a hundred years old have a child? will Sarah, at ninety years old, give birth? 17:18 And Abraham said to God, If only Ishmael's life might be your care! 17:19 And God said, Not so; but Sarah, your wife, will have a son, and you will give him the name Isaac, and I will make my agreement with him for ever and with his seed after him. 17:20 As for Ishmael, I have given ear to your prayer: truly I have given him my blessing and I will make him fertile and give him great increase; he will be the father of twelve chiefs, and I will make him a great nation. 17:21 But my agreement will be with Isaac, to whom Sarah will give birth a year from this time. 17:22 And having said these words, God went up from Abraham. 17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael, his son, and all whose birth had taken place in his house, and all his servants whom he had made his for a price, every male of his house, and on that very day he gave them circumcision in the flesh of their private parts as God had said to him. 17:24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he underwent circumcision. 17:25 And Ishmael, his son, was thirteen years old when he underwent circumcision. 17:26 Abraham and Ishmael, his son, underwent circumcision on that very day. 17:27 And all the men of his house, those whose birth had taken place in the house and those whom he had got for money from men of other lands, underwent circumcision with him.

GENESIS, 21, Birth of Issac
21:1 And the Lord came to Sarah as he had said and did to her as he had undertaken. 2 And Sarah became with child, and gave Abraham a son when he was old, at the time named by God. 3 And Abraham gave to his son, to whom Sarah had given birth, the name Isaac. 4 And when his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham made him undergo circumcision, as God had said to him. 5 Now Abraham was a hundred years old when the birth of Isaac took place. 6 And Sarah said, God has given me cause for laughing, and everyone who has news of it will be laughing with me. 7 And she said, Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would have a child at her breast ? for see, I have given him a son now when he is old. 21:8 And when the child was old enough to be taken from the breast, Abraham made a great feast. 9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian playing with Isaac. 10 So she said to Abraham, Send away that woman and her son : for the son of that woman is not to have a part in the heritage with my son Isaac. 11 And this was a great grief to Abraham because of his son. 12 But God said, Let it not be a grief to you because of the boy and Hagar his mother ; give ear to whatever Sarah says to you, because it is from Isaac that your seed will take its name. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of your servant-woman, because he is your seed. 14 And early in the morning Abraham got up, and gave Hagar some bread and a water-skin, and put the boy on her back, and sent her away : and she went, wandering in the waste land of Beer-sheba. 21:15 And when all the water in the skin was used up, she put the child down under a tree. 16 And she went some distance away, about an arrow flight, and seating herself on the earth, she gave way to bitter weeping, saying, Let me not see the death of my child. 17 And the boy's cry came to the ears of God ; and the angel of God said to Hagar from heaven, Hagar, why are you weeping ? have no fear, for the child's cry has come to the ears of God. 18 Come, take your child in your arms, for I will make of him a great nation. 19 Then God made her eyes open, and she saw a water-spring, and she got water in the skin and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy, and he became tall and strong, and he became a bowman, living in the waste land. 21 And while he was in the waste land of Paran, his mother got him a wife from the land of Egypt. . . .

GENESIS, 25, Death of Abraham
25:8 And Abraham came to his death, an old man, full of years; and he was put to rest with his people. 25:9 And Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, put him to rest in the hollow rock of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron, the son of Zohar the Hittite, near Mamre; 25:10 The same field which Abraham got from the children of Heth: there Abraham was put to rest with Sarah, his wife. 25:11 Now after the death of Abraham, the blessing of God was with Isaac, his son. 25:12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, the son of Abraham, whose mother was Hagar the Egyptian, the servant of Sarah: 25:13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael by their generations: Ishmael's first son was Nebaioth; then Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam 25:14 And Mishma and Dumah and Massa, 25:15 Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: 25:16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names in their towns and their tent-circles; twelve chiefs with their peoples. 25:17 And the years of Ishmael's life were a hundred and thirty-seven: and he came to his end, and was put to rest with his people. 25:18 And their country was from Havilah to Shur which is east of Egypt: they took their place to the east of all their brothers.

GENESIS, 28, Jacob's dream at Bethel
28:9 So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath, the daughter of Abraham's son Ishmael, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.

GENESIS, 36 These are the generations of Esau
36:1 Now these are the generations of Esau, that is to say, Edom. 36:2 Esau's wives were women of Canaan: Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite, 36:3 And Basemath, Ishmael's daughter, the sister of Nebaioth. 36:4 Adah had a son Eliphaz; and Basemath was the mother of Reuel; 36:5 Oholibamah was the mother of Jeush, Jalam, and Korah ; these are the sons of Esau, whose birth took place in the land of Canaan. 36:6 Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters, and all the people of his house, and his beasts and his cattle and all his goods which he had got together in the land of Canaan, and went into the land of Seir, away from his brother Jacob. 7 For their wealth was so great that the land was not wide enough for the two of them and all their cattle. 8 So Esau made his living-place in the hill-country of Seir (Esau is Edom).

GENESIS, 37, Joseph's dreams
37:23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they took off his long coat which he had on; 37:24 And they took him and put him in the hole: now the hole had no water in it. 37:25 Then seating themselves, they took their meal: and looking up, they saw a travelling band of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead on their way to Egypt, with spices and perfumes on their camels. 37:26 And Judah said to his brothers, What profit is there in putting our brother to death and covering up his blood? 37:27 Let us give him to these Ishmaelites for a price, and let us not put violent hands on him, for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brothers gave ear to him. 37:28 And some traders from Midian went by; so pulling Joseph up out of the hole, they gave him to the Ishmaelites for twenty bits of silver, and they took him to Egypt.

GENESIS, 39, Joseph and Potiphar's wife
39:1 Now Joseph was taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar the Egyptian, a captain of high position in Pharaoh's house, got him for a price from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 39:2 And the Lord was with Joseph, and he did well; and he was living in the house of his master the Egyptian. 39:3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him, making everything he did go well.

1st Chronicals, Genealogy of Israel
1:23 . . . All these were the sons of Joktan.
1:24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah,
1:25 Eber, Peleg, Reu,
1:26 Serug, Nahor, Terah,
1:27 Abram (that is Abraham).
1:28 The sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael.
1:29 These are their generations: the oldest son of Ishmael, Nebaioth; then Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam,
1:30 Mishma and Dumah, Massa, Hadad and Tema,
1:31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael.
1:32 And the sons of Keturah, Abraham's servant-wife : she was the mother of Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan.
1:33 And the sons of Midian : Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.
1:34   And Abraham was the father of Isaac. The sons of Isaac : Esau and Israel. . . .

PSALMS , 83. Of Asaph.
83:1 God, do not keep quiet : let your lips be open and take no rest, O God. 2 For see! those who make war on you are out of control ; your haters are lifting up their heads. 3 They have made wise designs against your people, talking together against those whom you keep in a secret place. 4 They have said, Come, let us put an end to them as a nation; so that the name of Israel may go out of man's memory. 5 For they have all come to an agreement ; they are all joined together against you : 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites ; Moab and the Hagarites ; 7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek ; the Philistines and the people of Tyre; 8 Assur is joined with them; they have become the support of the children of Lot.

GALATIANS 4, Christain Freedoms
4:21 Say, you whose desire it is to be under the law, do you not give ear to the law ? 4:22 Because it is in the Writings, that Abraham had two sons, one by the servant-woman, and one by the free woman. 4:23 Now the son by the servant-woman has his birth after the flesh ; but the son by the free woman has his birth through the undertaking of God. 4:24 Which things have a secret sense; because these women are the two agreements ; one from the mountain of Sinai, giving birth to servants, which is Hagar. 4:25 Now this Hagar is the mountain Sinai in Arabia, and is the image of the Jerusalem which now is : which is a servant with her children. 4:26 But the Jerusalem on high is free, which is our mother. 4:27 For it is in the Writings, You who have never given birth, be glad; give cries of joy, you who have had no birth-pains ; for the children of her who has been given up by her husband are more than those of the woman who has a husband. 4:28 Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are the children of the undertaking of God. 4:29 But as in those days he who had birth after the flesh was cruel to him who had birth after the Spirit, even so it is now. 4:30 What then do the Writings say ? Send away the servant-woman and her son ; for the son of the servant-woman will not have a part in the heritage with the son of the free woman. 4:31 So, brothers, we are not children of the servant-woman, but of the free woman.