Hagar, an Egyptian, was the servant of Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Because Sarah was childless, she appointed Hagar to have a child with Abraham. Hagar gave birth to Abraham's first son, Ishmael. Sarah, however, later had a son with Abraham, named Isaac. After that, Sarah had Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away.
Hagar and her boy hiked into the wilderness of Beersheba, and with God's help they survived. An angel of God called to Hagar and told her not to be afraid, for God would make a great nation of Ishmael's descendents. Hagar and her son lived in the wilderness of Paran, and God blessed the boy who later became an expert archer. Hagar arranged a marriage for Ishmael with a girl from Egypt and later has twelve grandsons.