The Sacrifice of Isaac

Genesis 22

1 Now it came to pass after these things that a God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." 2 Then He said, "Take now your son, b your only son Isaac, whom you c love, and go d to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a e burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the 1 lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will f come back to you." 6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and g laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the 2 lamb for a burnt offering?" 8 And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the h lamb for a i burnt offering." So the two of them went together.

9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and j laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the k Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." 12 And He said, l "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for m now I know that you fear God, since you have not n withheld your son, your only son, from Me." 13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, 3 The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided."

15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: o "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son - 17 "blessing I will p bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants q as the stars of the heaven r and as the sand which is on the seashore; and s your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 t "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, u because you have obeyed My voice." 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to v Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

20 Now it came to pass after these things that it was told Abraham, saying, "Indeed w Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 x "Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father y of Aram, 22 "Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel." 23 And z Bethuel begot 4 Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother. 24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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