Bible: Genesis 11-22
The Dispersion of the Nations at Babel
11:1 The whole earth 1 had a common language and a common vocabulary. 2 11:2 When the people 3 moved eastward, 4 they found a plain in Shinar 5 and settled there. 11:3 Then they said to one another, 6 “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” 7 (They had brick instead of stone and tar 8 instead of mortar.) 9 11:4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens 10 so that 11 we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise 12 we will be scattered 13 across the face of the entire earth.”
11:5 But the
11:8 So the
The Genealogy of Shem
11:10 This is the account of Shem.
Shem was 100 old when he became the father of Arphaxad, two years after the flood. 11:11 And after becoming the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other 24 sons and daughters.
11:14 When Shelah had lived 30 years, he became the father of Eber. 11:15 And after he became the father of Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other 27 sons and daughters.
11:16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 11:17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 11:19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 11:21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 11:23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 11:25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
11:26 When Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
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, 28 while his father Terah was still alive. 29 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, 30 and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah; 31 she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah. 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no children.
11:31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (the son of Haran), and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and with them he set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. When they came to Haran, they settled there. 11:32 The lifetime 32 of Terah was 205 years, and he 33 died in Haran.
The Obedience of Abram
“Go out 36 from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household
to the land that I will show you. 37
and I will make your name great, 40
so that you will exemplify divine blessing. 41
12:3 I will bless those who bless you, 42
but the one who treats you lightly 43 I must curse,
and all the families of the earth will bless one another 44 by your name.”
12:4 So Abram left, 45 just as the
12:6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree 52 of Moreh 53 at Shechem. 54 (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.) 55 12:7 The
12:8 Then he moved from there to the hill country east of Bethel 58 and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the
The Promised Blessing Jeopardized
12:10 There was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt 62 to stay for a while 63 because the famine was severe. 64 12:11 As he approached 65 Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, 66 I know that you are a beautiful woman. 67 12:12 When the Egyptians see you they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will keep you alive. 68 12:13 So tell them 69 you are my sister 70 so that it may go well 71 for me because of you and my life will be spared 72 on account of you.”
12:14 When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 12:15 When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abram’s wife 73 was taken 74 into the household of Pharaoh, 75 12:16 and he did treat Abram well 76 on account of her. Abram received 77 sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
12:17 But the
Abram’s Solution to the Strife
13:3 And he journeyed from place to place 89 from the Negev as far as Bethel. 90 He returned 91 to the place where he had pitched his tent 92 at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai. 13:4 This was the place where he had first built the altar, 93 and there Abram worshiped the
13:5 Now Lot, who was traveling 95 with Abram, also had 96 flocks, herds, and tents. 13:6 But the land could 97 not support them while they were living side by side. 98 Because their possessions were so great, they were not able to live 99 alongside one another. 13:7 So there were quarrels 100 between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. 101 (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.) 102
13:8 Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no quarreling between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are close relatives. 103 13:9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself now from me. If you go 104 to the left, then I’ll go to the right, but if you go to the right, then I’ll go to the left.”
13:10 Lot looked up and saw 105 the whole region 106 of the Jordan. He noticed 107 that all of it was well-watered (before the
So the relatives separated from each other. 112 13:12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain 113 and pitched his tents next to Sodom. 13:13 (Now 114 the people 115 of Sodom were extremely wicked rebels against the
13:14 After Lot had departed, the
The Blessing of Victory for God’s People
14:1 At that time 126 Amraphel king of Shinar, 127 Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations 128 14:2 went to war 129 against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 130 14:3 These last five kings 131 joined forces 132 in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 133 14:4 For twelve years 134 they had served Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year 135 they rebelled. 136 14:5 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings who were his allies came and defeated 137 the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 14:6 and the Horites in their hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is near the desert. 138 14:7 Then they attacked En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh) again, 139 and they conquered all the territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.
14:8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and prepared for battle. In the Valley of Siddim they met 140 14:9 Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, 141 Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar. Four kings fought against 142 five. 14:10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. 143 When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into them, 144 but some survivors 145 fled to the hills. 146 14:11 The four victorious kings 147 took all the possessions and food of Sodom and Gomorrah and left. 14:12 They also took Abram’s nephew 148 Lot and his possessions when 149 they left, for Lot 150 was living in Sodom. 151
14:13 A fugitive 152 came and told Abram the Hebrew. 153 Now Abram was living by the oaks 154 of Mamre the Amorite, the brother 155 of Eshcol and Aner. (All these were allied by treaty 156 with Abram.) 157 14:14 When Abram heard that his nephew 158 had been taken captive, he mobilized 159 his 318 trained men who had been born in his household, and he pursued the invaders 160 as far as Dan. 161 14:15 Then, during the night, 162 Abram 163 divided his forces 164 against them and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, which is north 165 of Damascus. 14:16 He retrieved all the stolen property. 166 He also brought back his nephew Lot and his possessions, as well as the women and the rest of 167 the people.
14:17 After Abram 168 returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram 169 in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). 170 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem 171 brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 172 14:19 He blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by 173 the Most High God,
14:20 Worthy of praise is 176 the Most High God,
who delivered 177 your enemies into your hand.”
Abram gave Melchizedek 178 a tenth of everything.
14:21 Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and take the possessions for yourself.” 14:22 But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand 179 to the
The Cutting of the Covenant
15:2 But Abram said, “O sovereign
15:4 But look, 196 the word of the
15:12 When the sun went down, Abram fell sound asleep, 219 and great terror overwhelmed him. 220 15:13 Then the
15:17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking firepot with a flaming torch 232 passed between the animal parts. 233 15:18 That day the
The Birth of Ishmael
16:1 Now Sarai, 239 Abram’s wife, had not given birth to any children, 240 but she had an Egyptian servant 241 named Hagar. 242 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, “Since 243 the
16:3 So after Abram had lived 247 in Canaan for ten years, Sarai, Abram’s wife, gave Hagar, her Egyptian servant, 248 to her husband to be his wife. 249 16:4 He had sexual relations with 250 Hagar, and she became pregnant. 251 Once Hagar realized she was pregnant, she despised Sarai. 252 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You have brought this wrong on me! 253 I allowed my servant to have sexual relations with you, 254 but when she realized 255 that she was pregnant, she despised me. 256 May the
16:9 Then the
“You are now 270 pregnant
and are about to give birth 271 to a son.
You are to name him Ishmael, 272
16:12 He will be a wild donkey 274 of a man.
He will be hostile to everyone, 275
and everyone will be hostile to him. 276
He will live away from 277 his brothers.”
16:13 So Hagar named the
The Sign of the Covenant
17:1 When Abram was 99 years old, 287 the
17:3 Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, 295 and God said to him, 296 17:4 “As for me, 297 this 298 is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations. 17:5 No longer will your name be 299 Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham 300 because I will make you 301 the father of a multitude of nations. 17:6 I will make you 302 extremely 303 fruitful. I will make nations of you, and kings will descend from you. 304 17:7 I will confirm 305 my covenant as a perpetual 306 covenant between me and you. It will extend to your descendants after you throughout their generations. I will be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 307 17:8 I will give the whole land of Canaan – the land where you are now residing 308 – to you and your descendants after you as a permanent 309 possession. I will be their God.”
17:9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep 310 the covenantal requirement 311 I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 17:10 This is my requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: 312 Every male among you must be circumcised. 313 17:11 You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder 314 of the covenant between me and you. 17:12 Throughout your generations every male among you who is eight days old 315 must be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not one of your descendants. 17:13 They must indeed be circumcised, 316 whether born in your house or bought with money. The sign of my covenant 317 will be visible in your flesh as a permanent 318 reminder. 17:14 Any uncircumcised male 319 who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off 320 from his people – he has failed to carry out my requirement.” 321
17:15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, you must no longer call her Sarai; 322 Sarah 323 will be her name. 17:16 I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her and she will become a mother of nations. 324 Kings of countries 325 will come from her!”
17:17 Then Abraham bowed down with his face to the ground and laughed 326 as he said to himself, 327 “Can 328 a son be born to a man who is a hundred years old? 329 Can Sarah 330 bear a child at the age of ninety?” 331 17:18 Abraham said to God, “O that 332 Ishmael might live before you!” 333
17:19 God said, “No, Sarah your wife is going to bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac. 334 I will confirm my covenant with him as a perpetual 335 covenant for his descendants after him. 17:20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you. 336 I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. 337 He will become the father of twelve princes; 338 I will make him into a great nation. 17:21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.” 17:22 When he finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. 339
17:23 Abraham took his son Ishmael and every male in his household (whether born in his house or bought with money) 340 and circumcised them 341 on that very same day, just as God had told him to do. 17:24 Now Abraham was 99 years old 342 when he was circumcised; 343 17:25 his son Ishmael was thirteen years old 344 when he was circumcised. 17:26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised on the very same day. 17:27 All the men of his household, whether born in his household or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.
Three Special Visitors
18:3 He said, “My lord, 356 if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by and leave your servant. 357 18:4 Let a little water be brought so that 358 you may all 359 wash your feet and rest under the tree. 18:5 And let me get 360 a bit of food 361 so that you may refresh yourselves 362 since you have passed by your servant’s home. After that you may be on your way.” 363 “All right,” they replied, “you may do as you say.”
18:6 So Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick! Take 364 three measures 365 of fine flour, knead it, and make bread.” 366 18:7 Then Abraham ran to the herd and chose a fine, tender calf, and gave it to a servant, 367 who quickly prepared it. 368 18:8 Abraham 369 then took some curds and milk, along with the calf that had been prepared, and placed the food 370 before them. They ate while 371 he was standing near them under a tree.
18:9 Then they asked him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” He replied, “There, 372 in the tent.” 18:10 One of them 373 said, “I will surely return 374 to you when the season comes round again, 375 and your wife Sarah will have a son!” 376 (Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, not far behind him. 377 18:11 Abraham and Sarah were old and advancing in years; 378 Sarah had long since passed menopause.) 379 18:12 So Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, 380 “After I am worn out will I have pleasure, 381 especially when my husband is old too?” 382
Abraham Pleads for Sodom
18:16 When the men got up to leave, 388 they looked out over 389 Sodom. (Now 390 Abraham was walking with them to see them on their way.) 391 18:17 Then the
18:20 So the
18:22 The two men turned 406 and headed 407 toward Sodom, but Abraham was still standing before the
18:26 So the
18:27 Then Abraham asked, “Since I have undertaken to speak to the Lord 412 (although I am but dust and ashes), 413 18:28 what if there are five less than the fifty godly people? Will you destroy 414 the whole city because five are lacking?” 415 He replied, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
18:31 Abraham 421 said, “Since I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
18:32 Finally Abraham 422 said, “May the Lord not be angry so that I may speak just once more. What if ten are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”
The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
19:2 He said, “Here, my lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house. Stay the night 428 and wash your feet. Then you can be on your way early in the morning.” 429 “No,” they replied, “we’ll spend the night in the town square.” 430
19:3 But he urged 431 them persistently, so they turned aside with him and entered his house. He prepared a feast for them, including bread baked without yeast, and they ate. 19:4 Before they could lie down to sleep, 432 all the men – both young and old, from every part of the city of Sodom – surrounded the house. 433 19:5 They shouted to Lot, 434 “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so we can have sex 435 with them!”
19:6 Lot went outside to them, shutting the door behind him. 19:7 He said, “No, my brothers! Don’t act so wickedly! 436 19:8 Look, I have two daughters who have never had sexual relations with 437 a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do to them whatever you please. 438 Only don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection 439 of my roof.” 440
19:9 “Out of our way!” 441 they cried, and “This man came to live here as a foreigner, 442 and now he dares to judge us! 443 We’ll do more harm 444 to you than to them!” They kept 445 pressing in on Lot until they were close enough 446 to break down the door.
19:10 So the men inside 447 reached out 448 and pulled Lot back into the house 449 as they shut the door. 19:11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, from the youngest to the oldest, 450 with blindness. The men outside 451 wore themselves out trying to find the door. 19:12 Then the two visitors 452 said to Lot, “Who else do you have here? 453 Do you have 454 any sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or other relatives in the city? 455 Get them out of this 456 place 19:13 because we are about to destroy 457 it. The outcry against this place 458 is so great before the
19:14 Then Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law who were going to marry his daughters. 460 He said, “Quick, get out of this place because the
19:15 At dawn 463 the angels hurried Lot along, saying, “Get going! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, 464 or else you will be destroyed when the city is judged!” 465 19:16 When Lot 466 hesitated, the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters because the
19:18 But Lot said to them, “No, please, Lord! 473 19:19 Your 474 servant has found favor with you, 475 and you have shown me great 476 kindness 477 by sparing 478 my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because 479 this disaster will overtake 480 me and I’ll die. 481 19:20 Look, this town 482 over here is close enough to escape to, and it’s just a little one. 483 Let me go there. 484 It’s just a little place, isn’t it? 485 Then I’ll survive.” 486
19:21 “Very well,” he replied, 487 “I will grant this request too 488 and will not overthrow 489 the town you mentioned. 19:22 Run there quickly, 490 for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar.) 491
19:23 The sun had just risen 492 over the land as Lot reached Zoar. 493 19:24 Then the
19:27 Abraham got up early in the morning and went 501 to the place where he had stood before the
19:29 So when God destroyed 505 the cities of the region, 506 God honored 507 Abraham’s request. He removed Lot 508 from the midst of the destruction when he destroyed 509 the cities Lot had lived in.
19:30 Lot went up from Zoar with his two daughters and settled in the mountains because he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 19:31 Later the older daughter said 510 to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man anywhere nearby 511 to have sexual relations with us, 512 according to the way of all the world. 19:32 Come, let’s make our father drunk with wine 513 so we can have sexual relations 514 with him and preserve 515 our family line through our father.” 516
19:33 So that night they made their father drunk with wine, 517 and the older daughter 518 came and had sexual relations with her father. 519 But he was not aware that she had sexual relations with him and then got up. 520 19:34 So in the morning the older daughter 521 said to the younger, “Since I had sexual relations with my father last night, let’s make him drunk again tonight. 522 Then you go and have sexual relations with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 523 19:35 So they made their father drunk 524 that night as well, and the younger one came and had sexual relations with him. 525 But he was not aware that she had sexual relations with him and then got up. 526
19:36 In this way both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 19:37 The older daughter 527 gave birth to a son and named him Moab. 528 He is the ancestor of the Moabites of today. 19:38 The younger daughter also gave birth to a son and named him Ben-Ammi. 529 He is the ancestor of the Ammonites of today.
Abraham and Abimelech
20:1 Abraham journeyed from there to the Negev 530 region and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he lived as a temporary resident 531 in Gerar, 20:2 Abraham said about his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent for Sarah and took her.
20:4 Now Abimelech had not gone near her. He said, “Lord, 535 would you really slaughter an innocent nation? 536 20:5 Did Abraham 537 not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, 538 ‘He is my brother.’ I have done this with a clear conscience 539 and with innocent hands!”
20:6 Then in the dream God replied to him, “Yes, I know that you have done this with a clear conscience. 540 That is why I have kept you 541 from sinning against me and why 542 I did not allow you to touch her. 20:7 But now give back the man’s wife. Indeed 543 he is a prophet 544 and he will pray for you; thus you will live. 545 But if you don’t give her back, 546 know that you will surely die 547 along with all who belong to you.”
20:8 Early in the morning 548 Abimelech summoned 549 all his servants. When he told them about all these things, 550 they 551 were terrified. 20:9 Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that would cause you to bring such great guilt on me and my kingdom? 552 You have done things to me that should not be done!” 553 20:10 Then Abimelech asked 554 Abraham, “What prompted you to do this thing?” 555
20:11 Abraham replied, “Because I thought, 556 ‘Surely no one fears God in this place. They will kill me because of 557 my wife.’ 20:12 What’s more, 558 she is indeed my sister, my father’s daughter, but not my mother’s daughter. She became my wife. 20:13 When God made me wander 559 from my father’s house, I told her, ‘This is what you can do to show your loyalty to me: 560 Every place we go, say about me, “He is my brother.”’”
20:14 So Abimelech gave 561 sheep, cattle, and male and female servants to Abraham. He also gave his wife Sarah back to him. 20:15 Then Abimelech said, “Look, my land is before you; live wherever you please.” 562
20:17 Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, as well as his wife and female slaves so that they were able to have children. 20:18 For the
The Birth of Isaac
21:6 Sarah said, “God has made me laugh. 577 Everyone who hears about this 578 will laugh 579 with me.” 21:7 She went on to say, 580 “Who would 581 have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have given birth to a son for him in his old age!”
21:8 The child grew and was weaned. Abraham prepared 582 a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 583 21:9 But Sarah noticed 584 the son of Hagar the Egyptian – the son whom Hagar had borne to Abraham – mocking. 585 21:10 So she said to Abraham, “Banish 586 that slave woman and her son, for the son of that slave woman will not be an heir along with my son Isaac!”
21:11 Sarah’s demand displeased Abraham greatly because Ishmael was his son. 587 21:12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be upset 588 about the boy or your slave wife. Do 589 all that Sarah is telling 590 you because through Isaac your descendants will be counted. 591 21:13 But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too.”
21:14 Early in the morning Abraham took 592 some food 593 and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He put them on her shoulders, gave her the child, 594 and sent her away. So she went wandering 595 aimlessly through the wilderness 596 of Beer Sheba. 21:15 When the water in the skin was gone, she shoved 597 the child under one of the shrubs. 21:16 Then she went and sat down by herself across from him at quite a distance, about a bowshot 598 away; for she thought, 599 “I refuse to watch the child die.” 600 So she sat across from him and wept uncontrollably. 601
21:17 But God heard the boy’s voice. 602 The angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and asked her, “What is the matter, 603 Hagar? Don’t be afraid, for God has heard 604 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. 605 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 608 in all that you do. 21:23 Now swear to me right here in God’s name 609 that you will not deceive me, my children, or my descendants. 610 Show me, and the land 611 where you are staying, 612 the same loyalty 613 that I have shown you.” 614
21:24 Abraham said, “I swear to do this.” 615 21:25 But Abraham lodged a complaint 616 against Abimelech concerning a well 617 that Abimelech’s servants had seized. 618 21:26 “I do not know who has done this thing,” Abimelech replied. “Moreover, 619 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. 620 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 621 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 622 that I dug this well.” 623 21:31 That is why he named that place 624 Beer Sheba, 625 because the two of them swore 626 an oath there.
21:32 So they made a treaty 627 at Beer Sheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, returned 628 to the land of the Philistines. 629 21:33 Abraham 630 planted a tamarisk tree 631 in Beer Sheba. There he worshiped the
The Sacrifice of Isaac
22:1 Some time after these things God tested 634 Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am!” Abraham 635 replied. 22:2 God 636 said, “Take your son – your only son, whom you love, Isaac 637 – and go to the land of Moriah! 638 Offer him up there as a burnt offering 639 on one of the mountains which I will indicate to 640 you.”
22:3 Early in the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. 641 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 642 for the place God had spoken to him about.
22:4 On the third day Abraham caught sight of 643 the place in the distance. 22:5 So he 644 said to his servants, “You two stay 645 here with the donkey while 646 the boy and I go up there. We will worship 647 and then return to you.” 648
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, 649 and the two of them walked on together. 22:7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, 650 “My father?” “What is it, 651 my son?” he replied. “Here is the fire and the wood,” Isaac said, 652 “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 22:8 “God will provide 653 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 654 and arranged the wood on it. Next he tied up 655 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 656 his son. 22:11 But the
22:13 Abraham looked up 662 and saw 663 behind him 664 a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he 665 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 680 also has borne children to your brother Nahor – 22:21 Uz the firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 681 22:22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 22:23 (Now 682 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.