Abram's wife Sarai had borne him no children. She had however an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar.
Sarai said to Abram: "The Lord has kept me from bearing children. Have intercourse, then, with my maid; perhaps I shall have sons through her." Abram heeded Sarai's request.
They then had intercourse, and Hargar became pregnant.
"You are responsible for this outrage against me. I myself give my maid to your embrace, but ever she became aware of her pregnancy she looked on her mistress with disdain."
"May the Lord decide between you and me! Your maid is in your power. Do to her whatever you please."
When Sarai was aware of Hagar's pregnancy she went to speak with Abram
Sarai then abused Hagar so much that she ran away.
The Lord's messenger found her by a spring in the wilderness, the spring on the road to Shur, and he asked, Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?
But the Lord's messenger told her. "Go back to your mistress and submit to her abusive treatment. I will make your descendants so numerous, " added the Lord's messenger "Besides you are now pregnant and shall bear a son; you shall name him Ishmael, For the Lord has heard you, God has answered you.
She answered, " I am running away from my mistress, Sarai.