Genesis 22:1–18

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God testeda Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,”b he replied.

Then God said, “Take your sonc, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah.d Sacrifice him there as a burnt offeringe on a mountain I will show you.f

Early the next morningg Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.h

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac,i and he himself carried the fire and the knife.j As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lambk for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will providel the lambm for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about,n Abraham built an altaro there and arranged the woodp on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar,q on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knifer to slay his son.s 11 But the angel of the Lordt called out to him from heaven,u “Abraham! Abraham!”v

“Here I am,”w he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God,x because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.y

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a rama caught by its horns.z He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.a 14 So Abraham calledb that place The Lordc Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.d

15 The angel of the Lorde called to Abraham from heavenf a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself,g declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,h 17 I will surely bless youi and make your descendantsj as numerous as the stars in the skyk and as the sand on the seashore.l Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,m 18 and through your offspringb all nations on earth will be blessed,c n because you have obeyed me.”o

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