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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 22

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1 SOME time later God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham!’ he called to him, and Abraham replied, ‘Here I am!’ 2God said, ‘Take your son, your one and only son Isaac whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a sacrifice on one of the heights which I shall show you.’ 3Early in the morning Abraham saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his men and his son Isaac; and having split firewood for the sacrifice, he set out for the place of which God had spoken. 4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the shrine in the distance. 5He said to his men, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go on ahead. We shall worship there, and then come back to you.’

6Abraham took the wood for the sacrifice and put it on his son Isaac's shoulder, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7Isaac spoke. ‘Father!’ he said. Abraham answered, ‘What is it, my son?’ Isaac said, ‘Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for a sacrifice?’ 8Abraham answered, ‘God will provide himself with a sheep for a sacrifice, my son.’ The two of them went on together 9until they came to the place of which God had spoken. There Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10He reached out for the knife to slay his son, 11but the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ He answered, ‘Here I am!’ 12The angel said, ‘Do not raise your hand against the boy; do not touch him. Now I know that you are a god-fearing man. You have not withheld from me your son, your only son.’ 13Abraham looked round, and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went, seized the ram, and offered it as a sacrifice instead of his son. 14Abraham named that shrine ‘The LORD will provide’; and to this day the saying is: ‘In the mountain of the LORD it was provided.’

15Then the angel of the LORD called from heaven a second time to Abraham 16and said, ‘This is the word of the LORD: By my own self I swear that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I shall bless you abundantly and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the cities of their enemies. 18All nations on earth will wish to be blessed as your descendants are blessed, because you have been obedient to me.’

19Abraham then went back to his men, and together they returned to Beersheba; and there Abraham remained.

20After this Abraham was told, ‘Milcah has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 21Uz his firstborn, then his brother Buz, and Kemuel father of Aram, 22and Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel; 23and a daughter, Rebecca, has been born to Bethuel.’ These eight Milcah bore to Abraham's brother Nahor. 24His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore him sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.

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