Gensis 16: Abraham Marries Hagar

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 25


In Genesis 15 we read about Abraham’s doubts and concerns. In Genesis 16 we learn a little of how Sarah might have felt. The Lord commanded Sarah to give Hagar to Abraham for his wife and commanded Abraham to take Hagar as his wife (see D&C 132:34–35). Although it might have been difficult, when Sarah did this for Abraham, it showed how desirous she was to obey the Lord and fulfill His covenants. As you read this chapter, think about how Hagar might have felt throughout this brief story.

Understanding the Scriptures

Genesis 16

Handmaid (v. 1)Servant 
Restrained me from bearing (v. 2)Kept me from having children 
Conceived (vv. 4–5)Became pregnant 
Mistress (v. 4, 8)Woman who owns a servant 
Into thy bosom (v. 5)To you 
Despised (v. 5)Look down upon, hated 
Fountain (v. 7)Spring 
Whither (v. 8)Where 
Submit thyself under her hands (v. 9)Humble yourself and do whatever she says 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Genesis 16.

Activity A iconRecognizing God’s Love

In the midst of a difficult trial, Hagar learned things that can help all of us endure trials. Write about what most impressed you in Genesis 16 that shows God’s love for Hagar and how Hagar accepted His love. Footnotes 11a and 14b should be helpful as you respond.