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17 By faith Abraham, awhen he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 6of whom it was said, b“In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God cwas able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20 By faith dIsaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, eblessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
22 By faith fJoseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
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