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HAGAR (Heb. haghar, emigration, flight). An Egyptian handmaid who, following the marital customs of the times, was given by Sarai to Abram (Gen 16:1-16). When Hagar saw that she had conceived, she despised her mistress, causing trouble in the household. Hagar was driven out, but the angel of the Lord appeared and sent her back to her mistress (16:7-14). At a great feast held in connection with Isaac's weaning, Ishmael scoffed at the proceedings (21:9), so Sarah insisted that Hagar and her son be cast out, and Abraham unwillingly complied. God told Abraham that Ishmael's descendants would become a nation. Hagar is last seen taking a wife for her son out of Egypt, her own land (21:1-21). Paul made Hagar's experience an allegory of the difference between law and grace (Gal 4:21-5:1).

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
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Examples: Psalm 27; John 15
love one another; Psalm 23

HAGAR (emigration, flight).
  • A servant of Abraham and handmaid of Sarah. Given by Sarah to Abraham to be his wife (Ge 16).
  • Descendants of (Ge 25:12-15; 1Ch 5:10,19-22; Ps 83:6, ftn).
  • Allegorically identified with slavery to the law (Gal 4:24-25).

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
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