Sunday, August 20, 2006

Genesis 22:1-14

And it happened after these things that a god tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham.” And he said, “Here I am,” And he said, “Please take your son, your only son whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him up there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I will tell you.” And Abraham rose early in the morning and bridled his donkey and took two young men of his and Isaac his son, and chopped wood for the sacrifice, and got up and went to the place the god had told him. And on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place from a distance. And Abraham said to the young men, “Sit down here with the donkey, and I and the youth will go upon this place and worship, and we will return to you.” And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and put it on Isaac his son, and he took the flame in his hand and the cleaver, and the two of them went as one. And Isaac spoke to Abraham, his father, and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Here is the flame and the wood, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “God himself will see to the sheep for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went as one. And they came to the place that the god had told him, and there Abraham built an altar. And he set the wood in order and trussed Isaac his son and put him on the altar above the wood. And Abraham put out his hand and took the cleaver to slaughter his son. And a messenger from the Eternal called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham,” and he said, “Here I am.” And he said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the youth, and do not do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, for you did not withhold your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham raised his eyes and saw, and behold! a ram behind, caught in a thicket by its horns, and Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place “The Eternal sees,” as it is said to this day, “On the mountain the Eternal has been seen.”

(my translation)

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