Bible: Genesis 22:1-20

The Sacrifice of Isaac

22:1 Some time after these things God tested 1  Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am!” Abraham 2  replied. 22:2 God 3  said, “Take your son – your only son, whom you love, Isaac 4 and go to the land of Moriah! 5  Offer him up there as a burnt offering 6  on one of the mountains which I will indicate to 7  you.”

22:3 Early in the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. 8  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 9  for the place God had spoken to him about.

22:4 On the third day Abraham caught sight of 10  the place in the distance. 22:5 So he 11  said to his servants, “You two stay 12  here with the donkey while 13  the boy and I go up there. We will worship 14  and then return to you.” 15 

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, 16  and the two of them walked on together. 22:7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, 17 My father?” “What is it, 18  my son?” he replied. “Here is the fire and the wood,” Isaac said, 19 but where is the lamb for the burnt offering? 22:8 God will provide 20  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 21  and arranged the wood on it. Next he tied up 22  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 23  his son. 22:11 But the Lord’s angel 24  called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am!” he answered. 22:12 Do not harm the boy!” 25  the angel said. 26 Do not do anything to him, for now I know 27  that you fear 28  God because you did not withhold your son, your only son, from me.”

22:13 Abraham looked up 29  and saw 30  behind him 31  a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he 32  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 Lord provides.” 33  It is said to this day, 34 In the mountain of the Lord provision will be made.” 35 

22:15 The Lord’s angel called to Abraham a second time from heaven 22:16 and said, “‘I solemnly swear by my own name,’ 36  decrees the Lord, 37  ‘that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 22:17 I will indeed bless you, 38  and I will greatly multiply 39  your descendants 40  so that they will be as countless as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession 41  of the strongholds 42  of their enemies. 22:18 Because you have obeyed me, 43  all the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another 44  using the name of your descendants.’

22:19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set out together 45  for Beer Sheba where Abraham stayed. 46 

22:20 After these things Abraham was told, “Milcah 47  also has borne children to your brother Nahor

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