The Offering of Isaac
1 Now it came about after these things, that aGod tested Abraham, and said to him, “bAbraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
2 He said, “Take now ayour son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of bMoriah, and offer him there as a cburnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will 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 wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4 On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.
5 Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and alaid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.
7 Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the alamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham said, “God will 1provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.
9 Then they came to athe place of which God had told him; and Abraham built bthe altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and claid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But athe angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now aI know that you 1fear God, since you have not withheld byour son, your only son, from Me.”
13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.
14 Abraham called the name of that place 1The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord ait will 2be provided.”
15 Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
16 and said, “aBy Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly amultiply your 1seed as the stars of the heavens and as bthe sand which is on the seashore; and cyour 1seed shall possess the gate of 2their enemies.
18 “aIn your 1seed all the nations of the earth shall 2be blessed, because you have bobeyed My voice.”
19 aSo Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived at Beersheba.
a Deut 8:2, 16; Heb 11:17; James 1:12–14
b Gen 22:11
a Gen 22:12, 16; John 3:16; 1 John 4:9
b 2 Chr 3:1
c Gen 8:20
a John 19:17
a Ex 29:38–42; John 1:29, 36; Rev 13:8
1 Lit see
a Gen 22:2
b Gen 12:7, 8; 13:18
c Heb 11:17–19; James 2:21
a Gen 16:7–11; 21:17, 18
a James 2:21, 22
1 Or reverence; lit are a fearer of God
b Gen 22:2, 16
1 Heb YHWH-jireh
a Gen 22:8
2 Lit be seen
a Ps 105:9; Luke 1:73; Heb 6:13, 14
a Gen 15:5; 26:4; Jer 33:22; Heb 11:12
b Gen 32:12
c Gen 24:60
2 Lit his
a Gen 12:3; 18:18; Acts 3:25; Gal 3:8, 16
2 Or bless themselves
b Gen 18:19; 22:3, 10; 26:5
a Gen 22:5