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Genesis 22 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

22 1,2 The faith of Abraham is proved in offering his son Isaac. 3 Isaac is a figure of Christ. 20 The generations of Nahor Abraham’s brother of whom cometh Rebekah.

And after these things God did prove Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham. Who answered, [a]Here am I.

And he said, Take now thine only son Isaac whom thou lovest, and get thee unto the land of [b]Moriah, and [c]offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains, which I will show thee.

Then Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his servants with him, and Isaac his son, and clove wood for the burnt offering, and rose up and went to the place, which God had told him.

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

And said unto his servants, Abide you here with the ass: for I and the child will go yonder and worship, and [d]come again unto you.

Then Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son, and he took the fire in his hand, and the knife: and they went both together.

Then spake Isaac unto Abraham his father, and said, My father. And he answered, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?

Then Abraham answered, My son, God will [e]provide him a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both together.

And when they came to the place which God had showed him, Abraham built an altar there, and couched the wood, and [f]bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10 And Abraham stretching forth his hand, took the knife to kill his son.

11 But the Angel of the Lord called unto him from heaven, saying, Abraham, Abraham. And he answered, Here am I.

12 Then he said, Lay not thine hand upon the child, neither do anything unto him: for now I [g]know that thou fearest God, seeing for my sake [h]thou hast not spared thine [i]only son.

13 And Abraham lifting up his eyes, looked and behold, there was a ram behind him caught by the horns in a bush: then 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 [j]Jehovah Jireh: as it is said this day, In the mount will the Lord [k]be seen.

15 ¶ And the Angel of the Lord cried unto Abraham from heaven the second time,

16 And said, By [l]myself have I sworn (saith the Lord) because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thine only son,

17 Therefore will I surely bless thee, and will greatly 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 [m]gate of his enemies.

18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.

19 Then turned Abraham again unto his servants, and they rose up, and went together to Beersheba: and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

20 ¶ And after these things one told Abraham, saying, Behold Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor:

21 To wit, Huz his eldest son, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of [n]Aram,

22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.

23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight did Milcah bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.

24 And his [o]concubine called Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash and Maachah.


  1. Genesis 22:1 Hebrew, Lo, I.
  2. Genesis 22:2 Which signifieth the fear of God, in the which place he was honored: and Solomon afterward built the Temple.
  3. Genesis 22:2 Herein stood the chiefest point of his tentation, seeing he was commanded to offer up him in whom God had promised to bless all the nations of the world.
  4. Genesis 22:5 He doubted not, but God would accomplish his promise, though he should sacrifice his son.
  5. Genesis 22:8 The only way to overcome all tentation, is to rest upon God’s providence.
  6. Genesis 22:9 For it is like that his father had declared to him God’s commandment, whereunto he showed himself obedient.
  7. Genesis 22:12 That is, by thy true obedience thou hast declared thy lively faith.
  8. Genesis 22:12 Or, and hast not withheld thine only son from me.
  9. Genesis 22:12 Hebrew, thy son, thy only son.
  10. Genesis 22:14 Or, the Lord will see or provide.
  11. Genesis 22:14 The name is changed, to show that God doth both see and provide secretly for his, and also evidently is seen, and felt in time convenient.
  12. Genesis 22:16 Signifying, that there is no greater than he.
  13. Genesis 22:17 Or, holds.
  14. Genesis 22:21 Or, of the Syrians.
  15. Genesis 22:24 Concubine is oftentimes taken in the good part for those women which were inferior to the wives.
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Genesis 22 New International Version (NIV)

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

Nahor’s Sons

20 Some time later Abraham was told, “Milkah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel. 23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. Milkah bore these eight sons to Abraham’s brother Nahor. 24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maakah.


  1. Genesis 22:13 Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text a ram behind him
  2. Genesis 22:18 Or seed
  3. Genesis 22:18 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)
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