Holy Saturday ABC
3 So Abraham rose earlyM in the morning,N saddledO his donkey,P and took two of his young menQ with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the woodR for the burnt offering, and set outS and went to the placeT in the distance that God had shown him.
4 On the third day Abraham looked upU and sawV the place far away. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “StayW here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship,X and then we will come backY to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himselfZ carried the fire and the knife.AA So the two of them walked on together.BB 7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
He said, “CC The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lambDD for a burnt offering?”
8 Abraham said, “God himself will provideEE the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.
13 And Abraham looked upRR and sawSS a ram,TT caught in a thicketUU by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
14 So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”;VV 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 second time from heaven, 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn,WW saysXX the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will indeed blessYY you, and I will make your offspringZZ as numerousAAA as the starsBBB of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possessCCC the gate of their enemies, 18 and by your offspring shall all the nationsDDD of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyedEEE my voice.”
Image Credit: “Sacrifice of Isaac” from the Samaritan Museum on Mount Gerizim.