Bible: Acts 9:26-30; 11:27-30; 12:25; 15:1-30; 18:22; 21:15-23:35
Saul Returns to Jerusalem
9:26 When he arrived in Jerusalem, 1 he attempted to associate 2 with the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe 3 that he was a disciple. 9:27 But Barnabas took 4 Saul, 5 brought 6 him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, that 7 the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly 8 in the name of Jesus. 9:28 So he was staying with them, associating openly with them 9 in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. 9:29 He was speaking and debating 10 with the Greek-speaking Jews, 11 but they were trying to kill him. 9:30 When the brothers found out about this, they brought him down to Caesarea 12 and sent him away to Tarsus.
The Record of Terah
11:27 This is the account of Terah.
Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 11:28 Haran died in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans, 1 while his father Terah was still alive. 2 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, 3 and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah; 4 she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no children.
The Obedience of Abram
“Go out 3 from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household
to the land that I will show you. 4
The Cutting of the Covenant
21:17 But God heard the boy’s voice. 6 The angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and asked her, “What is the matter, 7 Hagar? Don’t be afraid, for God has heard 8 the boy’s voice right where he is crying. 21:18 Get up! Help the boy up and hold him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 21:19 Then God enabled Hagar to see a well of water. 9 She went over and filled the skin with water, and then gave the boy a drink.
21:22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, said to Abraham, “God is with you 12 in all that you do. 21:23 Now swear to me right here in God’s name 13 that you will not deceive me, my children, or my descendants. 14 Show me, and the land 15 where you are staying, 16 the same loyalty 17 that I have shown you.” 18
21:24 Abraham said, “I swear to do this.” 19 21:25 But Abraham lodged a complaint 20 against Abimelech concerning a well 21 that Abimelech’s servants had seized. 22 21:26 “I do not know who has done this thing,” Abimelech replied. “Moreover, 23 you did not tell me. I did not hear about it until today.”
21:27 Abraham took some sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech. The two of them made a treaty. 24 21:28 Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs apart from the flock by themselves. 21:29 Abimelech asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these 25 seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?” 21:30 He replied, “You must take these seven ewe lambs from my hand as legal proof 26 that I dug this well.” 27 21:31 That is why he named that place 28 Beer Sheba, 29 because the two of them swore 30 an oath there.
21:32 So they made a treaty 31 at Beer Sheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, returned 32 to the land of the Philistines. 33 21:33 Abraham 34 planted a tamarisk tree 35 in Beer Sheba. There he worshiped the
The Sacrifice of Isaac
22:1 Some time after these things God tested 38 Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am!” Abraham 39 replied. 22:2 God 40 said, “Take your son – your only son, whom you love, Isaac 41 – and go to the land of Moriah! 42 Offer him up there as a burnt offering 43 on one of the mountains which I will indicate to 44 you.”
22:3 Early in the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. 45 He took two of his young servants with him, along with his son Isaac. When he had cut the wood for the burnt offering, he started out 46 for the place God had spoken to him about.
22:4 On the third day Abraham caught sight of 47 the place in the distance. 22:5 So he 48 said to his servants, “You two stay 49 here with the donkey while 50 the boy and I go up there. We will worship 51 and then return to you.” 52
22:6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and put it on his son Isaac. Then he took the fire and the knife in his hand, 53 and the two of them walked on together. 22:7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, 54 “My father?” “What is it, 55 my son?” he replied. “Here is the fire and the wood,” Isaac said, 56 “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 22:8 “God will provide 57 for himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham replied. The two of them continued on together.
22:9 When they came to the place God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there 58 and arranged the wood on it. Next he tied up 59 his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. 22:10 Then Abraham reached out his hand, took the knife, and prepared to slaughter 60 his son. 22:11 But the
22:13 Abraham looked up 66 and saw 67 behind him 68 a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he 69 went over and got the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place “The
22:20 After these things Abraham was told, “Milcah 84 also has borne children to your brother Nahor – 22:21 Uz the firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 85 22:22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 22:23 (Now 86 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah.) These were the eight sons Milcah bore to Abraham’s brother Nahor. 22:24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore him children – Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
The Death of Sarah
23:1 Sarah lived 127 years. 87