22 And after these events God put Abraham to the test, and said to him “Abraham, Abraham!” and he said “Here I am.” 2 And he said “Please take your son, your only and well-loved son Isaac, and go to the country of Morijah and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of.” 3 And the first thing in the morning Abraham saddled his donkey, and took his two men with him, and his son Isaac, and split wood for a burnt-offering, and went off to the place God had told him of. 4 On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place in the distance; 5 and Abraham said to his men “Stay here with the donkey, while I and the boy go yonder and do reverence and come back to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood for the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and took in his own hands the fire and the knife, and the two went on together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham “Father!” and he said “Here I am, son”; and he said “Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for a burnt-offering?” 8 And Abraham said “Jehovah will look himself up a sheep for a burnt-offering, son”; and the two went on together. 9 And they came to the place God had told him of; and Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood, and tied up his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood, 10 and reached out and took the knife to cut his son’s throat; 11 and God’s Angel called to him out of the sky “Abraham, Abraham!” and he said “Here I am.” 12 And he said “Do not lay hands on the boy nor do anything to him; for now I know you are a God-fearing man and have not kept back your son from me, your only son.” 13 * And Abraham raised his eyes, and there he saw a single ram caught in the thicket by its horns; and he went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt-offering instead of his son. 14 * And Abraham named that place Jehovah-Will-Look-Up, as it is said today “At Jehovah’s mountain it will be looked out for.” 15 And Jehovah’s Angel called to Abraham out of the sky a second time 16 “By myself I swear, quoth Jehovah, since you have done this thing and not kept back your son, your only son, 17 that I will bless you and make your descendants numerous as the stars in the sky or as the sand on the seashore, and your descendants shall occupy their enemies’ gate, 18 and all the nations on earth shall bless by your descendants, because you obeyed me.” 19 And Abraham went back to his men, and they rose and went on together to Beer-Shebaʽ; and Abraham remained at Beer-Shebaʽ. 20 And after these events Abraham was told “Here has Milcah too borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 ʽUs the eldest and his brother Buz, and Kemuel (the father of Syria) 22 and Kesed and Hazo and Pildash and Idlaph and Bethuel. 23 (And Bethuel became the father of Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Abraham’s brother Nahor; 24 and his concubine too, whose name was Reumah, bore him Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maʽacah.
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