The Sacrifice of Isaac1After these things aGod tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to bthe land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy ▼
▼Or young man; also verse 12will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and dlaid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, e“God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and flaid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12He said, g“Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for hnow I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called the name of that place, i“The Lord will provide”; ▼
▼Or will seeas it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” ▼
▼Or he will be seen
15And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16and said, l“By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring mas the stars of heaven and nas the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess othe gate of his ▼
▼Or theirenemies, 18and qin your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, rbecause you have obeyed my voice.” 19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to sBeersheba. And Abraham lived at tBeersheba.
20Now after these things it was told to Abraham, “Behold, uMilcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 vUz his firstborn, wBuz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, 22Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 23( xBethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
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