Genesis 16:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 16:13, NIV: "She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: 'You are the God who sees me,' for she said, 'I have now seen the One who sees me.'"

Genesis 16:13, ESV: "So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”"

Genesis 16:13, KJV: "And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?"

Genesis 16:13, NASB: "Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, 'You are a God who sees me'; for she said, 'Have I even seen Him here and lived after He saw me?'"

Genesis 16:13, NLT: "Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, 'You are the God who sees me.' She also said, 'Have I truly seen the One who sees me?'"

Genesis 16:13, CSB: "So she named the LORD who spoke to her: "You are El-roi," for she said, "In this place, have I actually seen the one who sees me?""

What does Genesis 16:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After the angel of the Lord found Hagar in the desert and told her to go back to Sarai and submit to her, he also told her that her descendants would become so numerous as to be uncountable. Then he gave to her a prophecy about the child she carried, a boy she was to name Ishmael. This boy would not be the promised heir for Abram, since his birth was not part of God's plan for fulfilling that vow. Despite being successful, Ishmael's descendants would be characterized by their conflict with others, especially their "kinsmen," meaning Abram's other children. Historically, we see that this proves true: the (Arabic) children of Ishmael have been at odds with the (Jewish) children of Abram's son Isaac for millennia.

In spite of the negative conclusion to the prophecy, Hagar speaks of the Lord in glowing terms. She names Him "a God of seeing." He saw and looked after her, and she was allowed to see Him. She appears to be rightly astonished by the whole experience.