Genesis 16:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 16:14, NIV: "That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered."

Genesis 16:14, ESV: "Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered."

Genesis 16:14, KJV: "Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered."

Genesis 16:14, NASB: "Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered."

Genesis 16:14, NLT: "So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means 'well of the Living One who sees me'). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered."

Genesis 16:14, CSB: "That is why the well is called Beer-lahai-roi. It is between Kadesh and Bered."

What does Genesis 16:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In her astonishment and gratitude that the Lord has seen and heard her in her distress, Hagar gives a commemorative name to the well where the Lord found her in the desert. She calls it Beer-lahai-roi, which means "well of the living who sees me." Putting the name of the well together with the meaning of God's name for Hagar's son, Ishmael, the troubling events of Hagar's life include the powerful declaration that God hears ("Ishmael") and God sees ("Beer-lahai-roi"). God is not silent or absent. He is paying attention. He cares and provides.

We're told the location of the well is between Kadesh and Bered, but the precise spot is currently unknown. Abram's son Isaac later settled there for a time (Genesis 25:11).

History bears out the angel's prophecy for Ishmael: his descendants will become the Arabic peoples. This culture will become numerous and powerful, but will also be renowned for conflict, especially against the Jewish people.