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Genesis: 22

Isaac - God demands a sacrifice.  Gn.22.1-19

1THE TIME CAME when God put Abraham to the test. 'Abraham', he called, and Abraham replied, 'Here I am.' 2God said, 'Take your son Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a sacrifice on one of the hills which I will show you.' 3So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his ass, and he took with him two of his men and his son Isaac; and he split the firewood for the sacrifice, and set out for the place of which God had spoken. 4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5He said to his men, 'Stay here with the ass while I and the boy go over there, and when we have worshipped we will come back to you.' 6So Abraham took the wood for the sacrifice and laid it on his son Isaac's shoulder, he himself carried the fire and the knife, and the two of them went on together. 7Isaac said to Abraham, 'Father', and he answered, 'What is it, my son?' Isaac said, 'Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the young beast for the sacrifice?' 8Abraham answered, 'God will provide himself with a young beast for a sacrifice, my son.' And the two of them went on together 9and 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. 10Then he stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his son; 11but the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, 'Abraham, Abraham.' He answered, 'Here I am.' 12The angel of the LORD 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 up, and there he saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he went and took the ram and offered it as a sacrifice instead of his son. 14Abraham named that place Jehovah-jireh [That is 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, 16'This is the word of the LORD: By my own self I swear: inasmuch as you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will bless you abundantly and greatly multiply your descendants until they are as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the sea-shore. Your descendants shall possess the cities of their enemies. 18All nations on earth shall pray to be blessed as your descendants are blessed, and this because you have obeyed me.'

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

Generations - Nahor.  Gn.22.20-24

20After this Abraham was told, 'Milcah has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 21Uz his first-born, then his brother Buz, and Kemuel father of Aram, and 22Kesed, 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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