The Offering of Isaac

22 Now it came about after these things, that (A)God tested Abraham, and said to him, “(B)Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now (C)your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of (D)Moriah, and offer him there as a (E)burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” So Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and his son Isaac; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and (F)laid it on his son Isaac, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the (G)lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will [a]provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

Then they came to (H)the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built (I)the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and (J)laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham reached out with his hand and took the knife to [b]slaughter his son. 11 But (K)the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not reach out your hand against the boy, and do not do anything to him; for now (L)I know that you [c]fear God, since you have not withheld (M)your son, your only son, from Me.” 13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by its horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering in the place of his son. 14 And Abraham named that place [d]The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord (N)it will [e]be provided.”

15 Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16 and said, “(O)By 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 (P)multiply your [f]seed as the stars of the heavens and as (Q)the sand, which is on the seashore; and (R)your [g]seed shall possess the gate of [h]their enemies. 18 And (S)in your [i]seed all the nations of the earth shall [j]be blessed, because you have (T)obeyed My voice.” 19 (U)So Abraham returned to his young men, and they got up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived in Beersheba.

20 Now it came about after these things, that Abraham was told, saying, “Behold, (V)Milcah [k]also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel”— 23 and it was Bethuel who fathered (W)Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, [l]also gave birth to Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.

Death and Burial of Sarah

23 Now [m]Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. Sarah died in (X)Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham [n]came in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Then Abraham arose from mourning before his dead, and spoke to the (Y)sons of Heth, saying, “I am (Z)a stranger and a foreign resident among you; (AA)give me [o]a (AB)burial site among you so that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, “Hear us, my lord: you are a [p](AC)mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead.” So Abraham stood up and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. And he spoke with them, saying, “If [q]you are willing to let me bury my dead out of my sight, listen to me, and plead with (AD)Ephron the son of Zohar for me, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he owns, which is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in [r]your presence for [s]a burial site.” 10 Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham [t]so that the sons of Heth heard, (AE)that is, all who entered the gate of his city, saying, 11 “No, my lord, listen to me; (AF)I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you; bury your dead.” 12 And Abraham bowed before the people of the land. 13 But he spoke to Ephron [u]so that the people of the land heard, saying, “If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me so that I may bury my dead there.” 14 Then Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15 “My lord, listen to me: a plot of land worth [v]four hundred (AG)shekels of silver—what is that between me and you? So bury your dead.” 16 Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham (AH)weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the [w]presence of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency acceptable to a merchant.

17 So (AI)Ephron’s field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were [x]within all the confines of its border, [y]were deeded over 18 to Abraham as a possession (AJ)in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who entered the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron), in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave that was in it [z]were (AK)deeded over to Abraham for [aa]a burial site by the sons of Heth.

A Bride for Isaac

24 Now (AL)Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the Lord had (AM)blessed Abraham in every way. Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household who was in (AN)charge of all that he owned, “(AO)Please place your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the Lord, (AP)the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you (AQ)shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of (AR)the Canaanites, among whom I live; but you will go to (AS)my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?” Then Abraham said to him, “(AT)Beware that you do not take my son back there! (AU)The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘(AV)To your [ab]descendants I will give this land’—He will send (AW)His angel ahead of you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will (AX)be free of this oath of mine; (AY)only do not take my son back there.” So the servant (AZ)placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham, and swore to him concerning this matter.

10 Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and went out with a variety of (BA)good things of his master’s in his hand; so he set out and went to [ac]Mesopotamia, to (BB)the city of Nahor. 11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by (BC)the well of water [ad]when it was evening, (BD)the time when women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “(BE)Lord, God of my master Abraham, please [ae](BF)grant me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, (BG)I am standing by the [af]spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 14 now may it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and [ag]who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”

Rebekah Is Chosen

15 And it came about, (BH)before he had finished speaking, that behold, (BI)Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of (BJ)Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder. 16 The young woman was (BK)very beautiful, a virgin; no man had [ah]had relations with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “(BL)Please let me drink a little water from your jar.” 18 And (BM)she said, “Drink, my lord”; then she quickly lowered her jar to her hand, and gave him a drink. 19 Now when she had finished giving him a drink, (BN)she said, “I will also draw water for your camels until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21 (BO)Meanwhile, the man was taking a close look at her [ai]in silence, to find out whether the Lord had made his journey successful or not.

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a (BP)gold ring weighing a [aj]half-shekel, and two bracelets for her [ak]wrists weighing ten shekels in gold, 23 and he said, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room for us to stay overnight at your father’s house?” 24 She said to him, “(BQ)I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son, whom she bore to Nahor.” 25 Again she said to him, “We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to stay overnight.” 26 Then the man (BR)bowed low and worshiped the Lord. 27 And he said, “(BS)Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned (BT)His kindness and His trustworthiness toward my master; as for me, (BU)the Lord has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brothers.”

28 Then (BV)the young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was (BW)Laban; and Laban ran outside to the man at the spring. 30 When he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s [al]wrists, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, “[am]This is what the man said to me,” he went to the man; and behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31 And he said, “(BX)Come in, (BY)blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside, since (BZ)I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels?” 32 So the man entered the house. Then [an](CA)Laban unloaded the camels, and he gave straw and feed to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33 But when food was set before him to eat, he said, “I will not eat until I have stated my business.” And he said, “Speak on.” 34 So he said, “I am (CB)Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has greatly (CC)blessed my master, so that he has become [ao]rich; and He has given him (CD)flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and slave women, and camels and donkeys. 36 Now (CE)my master’s wife Sarah bore a son to my master [ap]in her old age, and (CF)he has given him all that he has. 37 (CG)My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son.’ 39 Then (CH)I said to my master, ‘Suppose the woman does not follow me.’ 40 And he said to me, ‘(CI)The Lord, before whom I have (CJ)walked, will send (CK)His angel with you to make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my relatives and from my father’s house; 41 (CL)then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my relatives; and if they do not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’

42 “So (CM)I came today to the spring, and said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if now You will make my journey on which I have been going (CN)successful; 43 behold, (CO)I am standing by the [aq]spring, and may it be that the [ar]young unmarried woman who comes out to draw water, and to whom I say, “(CP)Please let me drink a little water from your jar”; 44 and she says to me, “You drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’

45 “Before I had finished (CQ)speaking in my heart, behold, (CR)Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew water, and (CS)I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46 She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘(CT)Drink, and I will water your camels also’; so I drank, and she watered the camels also. 47 (CU)Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him’; and I put the (CV)ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her [as]wrists. 48 And I (CW)bowed low and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, (CX)who had guided me in the right way to take the daughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49 So now if you are going to [at](CY)deal kindly and truthfully with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me now, so that I may turn to the right or the left.”

50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “(CZ)The matter has come from the Lord; (DA)so we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51 Here is Rebekah before you, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken.”

52 When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he (DB)bowed himself to the ground [au]before the Lord. 53 And the servant brought out (DC)articles of silver and articles of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night. When they got up in the morning, he said, “(DD)Send me away to my master.” 55 But her brother and her mother said, “(DE)Let the young woman stay with us a few days, say ten; afterward she may go.” 56 However, he said to them, “Do not delay me, since (DF)the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away so that I may go to my master.” 57 And they said, “We will call the young woman and [av]ask her.” 58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.” 59 So they sent away their sister Rebekah and (DG)her nurse with Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“May you, our sister,
(DH)Become thousands of ten thousands,
And may (DI)your [aw]descendants possess
The gate of those who hate them.”

61 Then Rebekah got up with her female attendants, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.

Isaac Marries Rebekah

62 Now Isaac had come back from [ax]a journey to (DJ)Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in (DK)the [ay]Negev. 63 Isaac went out (DL)to [az]meditate in the field toward evening; and (DM)he raised his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming. 64 Rebekah raised her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel. 65 She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her [ba]veil and covered herself. 66 The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and (DN)he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and (DO)he loved her; so Isaac was comforted after (DP)his mother’s death.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 22:8 Lit see
  2. Genesis 22:10 I.e., following prescribed ritual
  3. Genesis 22:12 Or revere; lit are a fearer of God
  4. Genesis 22:14 Heb YHWH-jireh; lit the Lord will see
  5. Genesis 22:14 Lit be seen
  6. Genesis 22:17 Or descendants
  7. Genesis 22:17 Or descendants
  8. Genesis 22:17 Lit his
  9. Genesis 22:18 Or descendants
  10. Genesis 22:18 Or bless themselves
  11. Genesis 22:20 Lit she also
  12. Genesis 22:24 Lit she also
  13. Genesis 23:1 Lit the life of Sarah was
  14. Genesis 23:2 Or proceeded
  15. Genesis 23:4 Lit possession of a burial place
  16. Genesis 23:6 Lit prince of God
  17. Genesis 23:8 Lit it is with your soul
  18. Genesis 23:9 Lit the midst of you
  19. Genesis 23:9 Lit possession of a burial place
  20. Genesis 23:10 Lit in the ears of
  21. Genesis 23:13 Lit in the ears of
  22. Genesis 23:15 About 12.5 lb. or 5.7 kg
  23. Genesis 23:16 Lit ears
  24. Genesis 23:17 Lit in all its border around
  25. Genesis 23:17 Or were ratified
  26. Genesis 23:20 Or were ratified
  27. Genesis 23:20 Lit possession of a burial place
  28. Genesis 24:7 Lit seed
  29. Genesis 24:10 Heb Aram-naharaim, Aram of the two rivers
  30. Genesis 24:11 Lit at time of evening
  31. Genesis 24:12 Lit cause to occur for me
  32. Genesis 24:13 Lit fountain of water
  33. Genesis 24:14 Lit she will say
  34. Genesis 24:16 Lit known her
  35. Genesis 24:21 Lit keeping silent
  36. Genesis 24:22 A shekel was about 0.5 oz. or 14 gm
  37. Genesis 24:22 Lit hands
  38. Genesis 24:30 Lit hands
  39. Genesis 24:30 Lit Thus the man
  40. Genesis 24:32 Lit he
  41. Genesis 24:35 Lit great
  42. Genesis 24:36 Lit after she was old
  43. Genesis 24:43 Lit fountain of water
  44. Genesis 24:43 Or virgin
  45. Genesis 24:47 Lit hands
  46. Genesis 24:49 Lit show kindness and truth to
  47. Genesis 24:52 Lit to
  48. Genesis 24:57 Lit ask her mouth
  49. Genesis 24:60 Lit seed
  50. Genesis 24:62 Lit coming to
  51. Genesis 24:62 I.e., South country
  52. Genesis 24:63 Or stroll; meaning uncertain
  53. Genesis 24:65 Or shawl