Genesis 22

It happened after these things, that God tested Ibrahim, and said to him, Ibrahim!

He said, Here I am.

2He said, Now take your son, your only son, whom you love, even Ishaq, and go into the land of Moriah. Offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of.

3Ibrahim rose early in the morning, and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Ishaq his son. He split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him. 4On the third day Ibrahim lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far off. 5Ibrahim said to his young men, Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go yonder. We will worship, and come back to you. 6Ibrahim took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Ishaq his son. He took in his hand the fire and the knife. They both went together. 7Ishaq spoke to Ibrahim his father, and said, My father?

He said, Here I am, my son.

He said, Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8Ibrahim said, God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son. So they both went together. 9They came to the place which God had told him of. Ibrahim built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, bound Ishaq his son, and laid him on the altar, on the wood. 10Ibrahim stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to kill his son.

11The angel of Allah called to him out of the sky, and said, Ibrahim, Ibrahim!

He said, Here I am.

12He said, Do not lay your hand on the boy, neither do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.

13Ibrahim lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw that behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. Ibrahim went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14Ibrahim called the name of that place Allah Will Provide. As it is said to this day, On Allah’s mountain it will be provided.

15The angel of Allah called to Ibrahim a second time out of the sky, 16and said, I have sworn by myself, says Allah, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17that surely I will bless you, and surely I will multiply your seed[1] as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is on the seashore. Your seed will possess the gate of his enemies. 18In your seed will all the nations of the earth be blessed,[2] because you have obeyed my voice.

19So Ibrahim returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba. Ibrahim lived at Beersheba.

20It happened after these things, that it was told Ibrahim, saying, Behold, Milcah, she also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, 22Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 23Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Ibrahim’s brother. 24His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bare Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.


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[1] 22:17 Quoted in the Injil, Hebrews 6:14.

[2] 22:18 Quoted in the Injil, Acts 3:25.