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Comparison Between Merchant Of Venice And The Bible

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SHYLOCK: What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha?

The Biblical Story
Genesis 16: 1-16
1 Now Sarai Abram�s wife bare him no children, and she had a maid an Egyptian, Hagar by name.
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from child bearing. I pray thee go in unto my maid: it may be that I shall receive a child by her. And Abram obeyed the voice of Sarai.
3 Then Sarai Abram�s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelled ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram for his wife.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived. and when she saw that she had conceived, her dame was despised in her eyes.
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, Thou doest me wrong. I have given my maid into thy bosom, and she seeth that she hath conceived, and I am despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.
6 Then Abram said to Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand: do with her as it pleaseth thee. Then Sarai dealt roughly with her: wherefore she fled from her.
7 But the Angel of the Lord found her beside a fountain of water in the wilderness by the fountain in the way to Shur,
8 And he said, Hagar Sarai�s maid, whence comest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from my dame Sarai.
9 Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, Return to thy dame, and humble thyself under her hands.
10 Again the Angel of the Lord said unto her, I will so greatly increase thy seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11 Also the Angel of the Lord said unto her, See, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael: for the Lord hath heard thy tribulation.
12 And he shall be a wild man: his hand shall be against every man, and every man�s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
13 Then she called the name of the Lord, that spake unto her, Thou God lookest on me: for she said, Have I not also here looked after him that seeth me?
14 Wherefore the well was called, Beer-lahai-roi; lo, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bare Abram a son, and Abram called his son�s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
16 And Abram was four score and six years old, when Hagar bare him Ishmael.

Genesis 21: 8-21
8 Then the child grew and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian (which she had born unto Abraham) mocking.
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bond woman and her son: for ye son of this bond woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.
11 And this thing was very grievous in Abraham�s sight, because of his son.
12 But God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight for the child, and for thy bond woman: in all that Sarah shall say unto thee, hear her voice: for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
13 As for the son of the bond woman, I will make him a nation also, because he is thy seed.
14 So Abraham arose up...

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