22 1After all this, God tested Abraham. God said, “Abraham!” “Yes?” answered Abraham. “I’m listening.” 2He said, “Take your dear son Isaac whom you love and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I’ll point out to you.” 3Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey. He took two of his young servants and his son Isaac. He had split wood for the burnt offering. He set out for the place God had directed him. 4On the third day he looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5Abraham told his two young servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I are going over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” 6Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and gave it to Isaac his son to carry. He carried the flint and the knife. The two of them went off together. 7Isaac said to Abraham his father, “Father?” “Yes, my son.” “We have flint and wood, but where’s the sheep for the burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “Son, God will see to it that there’s a sheep for the burnt offering.” And they kept on walking together. 9They arrived at the place to which God had directed him. Abraham built an altar. He laid out the wood. Then he tied up Isaac and laid him on the wood. 10Abraham reached out and took the knife to kill his son. 11Just then an angel of God called to him out of Heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes, I’m listening.” 12“Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! Now I know how fearlessly you fear God; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, your dear son, on the altar for me.” 13Abraham looked up. He saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14Abraham named that place God–Yireh (God–Sees–to–It). That’s where we get the saying, “On the mountain of God, he sees to it.” 15The angel of God spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: 16“I swear—God’s sure word!—because you have gone through with this, and have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, 17I’ll bless you—oh, how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like stars in the sky! like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. 18All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.” 19Then Abraham went back to his young servants. They got things together and returned to Beersheba. Abraham settled down in Beersheba. 20After all this, Abraham got the news: “Your brother Nahor is a father! Milcah has given him children: 21Uz, his firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (he was the father of Aram), 22Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 23(Bethuel was the father of Rebekah.) Milcah gave these eight sons to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24His concubine, Reumah, gave him four more children: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
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