Genesis 21:1-3 & 22:1-14
21:1 The LordA dealtB with SarahC as he had said, and the Lord didD for Sarah as he had promised.E
2 Sarah conceivedF and boreG AbrahamH a sonI in his old age,J
at the timeK of which GodL had spokenM to him.
3 Abraham gaveN the nameO IsaacP to his son whom Sarah bore him.
22:1 QAfter these thingsR God testedS Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”T
2 He said, “TakeU, V your son, your onlyW son Isaac, whom you love,X
and goY to the landZ of Moriah,AA
and offerBB him there as a burnt offeringCC on oneDD of the mountainsEE that I shall show you.”
3 So Abraham rose earlyFF in the morning,GG saddledHH his donkey,II and took twoJJ of his young menKK with him, and his son Isaac;
he cutLL the woodMM for the burnt offering, and set outNN and went to the placeOO in the distance that God had shown him.
4 On the third dayPP Abraham looked upQQ and sawRR the place far away.SS
5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “StayTT here with the donkey; the boyUU and I will go over there; we will worship,VV and then we will come backWW to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laidXX it on his son Isaac, and he himselfYY carriedZZ the fireAAA and the knife.BBB
So the two of them walkedCCC on together.DDD 7 Isaac said to his fatherEEE Abraham, “Father!”FFF
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
He said, “GGGThe fire and the wood are here, but where is the lambHHH for a burnt offering?”
8 Abraham said, “God himself will provideIII the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.
9 When they cameJJJ to the place that God had shown him, Abraham builtKKK an altarLLL there and laid the wood in order.MMM
He boundNNN his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached outOOO his handPPP and took the knife to killQQQ his son.
11 But the angelRRR of the Lord calledSSS to him from heaven,TTT and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
12 He said, “Do not layUUU your hand on the boy or do anythingVVV to him; for now I knowWWW that you fearXXX God, since you have not withheldYYY your son, your only son, from me.”
13 And Abraham looked up and sawZZZ a ram,AAAA caughtBBBB in a thicketCCCC by its horns.DDDD Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham calledEEEE that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Image credit: “Abraham’s Sacrifice” by Peter Koenig, 1970.