THE TEST OF A FATHER 

 

Genesis 22:1-18

1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt

Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, [here] I

[am]. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only [son] Isaac,

whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer

him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I

will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning,

and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and

Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose

up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on

the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar

off. 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with

the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come

again to you. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering,

and laid [it] upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his

hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 7 And

Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he

said, Here [am] I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the

wood: but where [is] the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham

said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt

offering: so they went both of them together. 9 And they came to

the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar

there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and

laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched

forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the

angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said,

Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here [am] I. 12 And he said, Lay

not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him:

for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not

withheld thy son, thine only [son] from me. 13 And Abraham lifted

up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind [him] a ram caught in a

thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and

offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is

said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. 15

And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the

second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD,

for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy

son, thine only [son]: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and

in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the

heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy

seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed

shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast

obeyed my voice.


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