16:1 Now a Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she
had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name [was] Hagar.
(a) It seems that she had respect for God's promise, which
could not be accomplished without issue.
16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath b
restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my
maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And
Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
(b) She fails by limiting God's power to the common order
of nature, as though God could not give her children in
her old age.
16:4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she
saw that she had conceived, her mistress was c despised
in her eyes.
(c) This punishment declares what they gain if they attempt
any thing against the word of God.
16:7 And the d angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of
water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to