Easter Vigil C
1 IAfter these thingsII GodIII testedIV Abraham.V He said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”VI
2 He said, “TakeVII, VIII your son,IX your onlyX son Isaac,XI
whom you love,XII and goXIII to the landXIV of Moriah,XV
and offerXVI him there as a burnt offeringXVII on oneXVIII of the mountains that I shall showXIX you.”
3 So Abraham rose earlyXX in the morning,XXI saddledXXII his donkey,XXIII and took twoXXIV of his young menXXV with him, and his son Isaac;
he cutXXVI the woodXXVII for the burnt offering, and set outXXVIII and went to the placeXXIX in the distance that God had shown him.
4 On the thirdXXX day Abraham looked upXXXI and sawXXXII the place far away.XXXIII
5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “StayXXXIV here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship,XXXV and then we will come backXXXVI to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laidXXXVII it on his son Isaac, and he himselfXXXVIII carriedXXXIX the fireXL and the knife.XLI So the two of them walkedXLII on together.XLIII
7 Isaac said to his fatherXLIV Abraham, “Father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
He said, “XLVThe fire and the wood are here, but where is the lambXLVI for a burnt offering?”
8 Abraham said, “God himself will provideXLVII the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.
9 When they cameXLVIII to the place that God had shown him, Abraham builtXLIX an altarL there and laid the wood in order.LI He boundLII his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
10 Then Abraham reached outLIII his handLIV and took the knife to killLV his son.
11 But the angelLVI of the LordLVII calledLVIII to him from heaven,LIX and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
12 He said, “Do not layLX your hand on the boyLXI or doLXII anythingLXIII to him;
for now I knowLXIV that you fearLXV God, since you have not withheldLXVI your son, your only son, from me.”
13 And Abraham looked upLXVII and sawLXVIII a ram,LXIX caughtLXX in a thicketLXXI by its horns.LXXII Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham calledLXXIII that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a secondLXXIV time from heaven, 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn,LXXV saysLXXVI the Lord: Because you have done this,LXXVII and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17 I will indeed blessLXXVIII you, and I will make your offspringLXXIX as numerousLXXX as the starsLXXXI of heaven
and as the sandLXXXII that is on the seashore.LXXXIII And your offspring shall possessLXXXIV the gateLXXXV of their enemies,LXXXVI
18 and by your offspring shall all the nationsLXXXVII of the earthLXXXVIII gain blessingLXXXIX for themselves, because you have obeyedXC my voice.”XCI
Image credit: “Binding of Isaac” at the Or Torah Synagogue in Acre, Israel.