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Genesis 22

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God Tests Abraham
1After these things God tested Abraham’s faith. God said to him, “Abraham!”
And he answered, “Here I am.”
2Then God said, “Take your only son, Isaac, the son you love. Go to the land of Moriah. There kill him and offer him as a whole burnt offering. Do this on one of the mountains there. I will tell you which one.”
3Early in the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took Isaac and two servants with him. He cut the wood for the sacrifice. Then they went to the place God had told them to go. 4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey. My son and I will go over there and worship. Then we will come back to you.”
6Abraham took the wood for the sacrifice and gave it to his son to carry. Abraham took the knife and the fire. So Abraham and his son went on together.
7Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!”
Abraham answered, “Yes, my son.”
Isaac said, “We have the fire and the wood. But where is the lamb we will burn as a sacrifice?”
8Abraham answered, “God will give us the lamb for the sacrifice, my son.”
So Abraham and his son went on together. 9They came to the place God had told him about. There, Abraham built an altar. He laid the wood on it. Then he tied up his son Isaac. And he laid Isaac on the wood on the altar. 10Then Abraham took his knife and was about to kill his son.
11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven. The angel said, “Abraham! Abraham!”
Abraham answered, “Yes.”
12The angel said, “Don’t kill your son or hurt him in any way. Now I can see that you respect God. I see that you have not kept your son, your only son, from me.”
13Then Abraham looked up and saw a male sheep. Its horns were caught in a bush. So Abraham went and took the sheep and killed it. He offered it as a whole burnt offering to God. Abraham’s son was saved. 14So Abraham named that place The Lord Gives. Even today people say, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be given.”
15The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time. 16The angel said, “The Lord says, ‘You did not keep back your son, your only son, from me. Because you did this, I make you this promise by my own name: 17I will surely bless you and give you many descendants. They will be as many as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. And they will capture the cities of their enemies. 18Through your descendants all the nations on the earth will be blessed. This is because you obeyed me.’”
19Then Abraham returned to his servants. They all traveled back to Beersheba, and Abraham stayed there.
20After these things happened, someone told Abraham: “Your brother Nahor and his wife Milcah have children now. 21The first son is Uz. The second son is Buz. The third son is Kemuel (the father of Aram). 22Then there are Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.” 23Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. Milcah was the mother of these eight sons, and Nahor was the father. Nahor was Abraham’s brother. 24Also Nahor had four other sons by his slave woman Reumah. Their names were Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maacah.
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1Sometime later God tested Abraham. He called out to him, “Abraham!”
“I'm here,” Abraham replied.
2God told him, “Go with your son, the one you love, your only son, to the land of Moriah and sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I'll show you.”
3Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled up his donkey. He took two servants and Isaac with him and went to cut firewood for the burnt offering. Then he left with them to go to the place God had told him about.
4After traveling for three days Abraham could see the place in the distance. 5He told his servants, “Wait here with the donkey while I go with the boy and worship God. Then we'll return.”
6Abraham had Isaac carry the wood for the burnt offering, while he carried the fire and the knife, and they walked up together.
7Isaac said to Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“Well, we have the fire and the wood, but where's the lamb for the burnt offering?” Isaac asked.
8“God will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham replied, and they went on walking up together.
9When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he bound his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. 10Abraham picked up the knife, ready to slaughter his son.
11But the angel of the Lord shouted to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Yes, I'm here,” he replied.
12The angel said, “Don't touch the boy! Don't do anything to him, because now I know that you truly do what God tells you. You didn't refuse to give me your son, your only son.”
13Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in some bushes. He brought the ram over and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14Abraham called the place “The Lord will Provide.” That's still a saying people use today: “the Lord will provide on his mountain.”
15The angel of the Lord shouted again to Abraham from heaven, 16“I swear by myself, says the Lord, that because you have done this and didn't refuse to give me your son, your only son, 17you can be sure that I will bless you and give you many descendants. They will be as numerous as the stars of heaven and the sand of the seashore, and they will conquer their enemies.#22:17. “Conquer their enemies”: literally, “take possession of the gates of their enemies.” 18All the nations of the earth will be blessed by your descendants because you did what I told you.”
19Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they went back together to Beersheba where Abraham was living.
20Sometime later, Abraham was told, “Milcah has had sons for your brother Nahor.” 21Uz was the firstborn, then his brother Buz, Kemuel (who became the ancestor of Arameans), 22Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 23(Bethuel was Rebekah's father.) Milcah had these eight sons for Abraham's brother Nahor. 24In addition, Reumah his concubine had Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.