Some time later God tested1 Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am,"2 he replied.
Then God said, "Take your son3, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah.4 Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering5 on one of the mountains I will tell you about.6"
Early the next morning7 Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.
He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.8"
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac,9 and he himself carried the fire and the knife.10 As the two of them went on together,
Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb11 for the burnt offering?"
Abraham answered, "God himself will provide12 the lamb13 for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.
When they reached the place God had told him about,14 Abraham built an altar15 there and arranged the wood16 on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar,17 on top of the wood.
Then he reached out his hand and took the knife18 to slay his son.1911
But the angel of the LORD20 called out to him from heaven,21 "Abraham! Abraham!"22 "Here I am,"23 he replied.
"Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God,24 because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.25"
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a rama caught by its horns.26 He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.2714
So Abraham called28 that place The LORD29 Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.30"
The angel of the LORD31 called to Abraham from heaven32 a second time
and said, "I swear by myself,33 declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,3417
I will surely bless you35 and make your descendants36 as numerous as the stars in the sky37 and as the sand on the seashore.38 Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,3918
and through your offspringb all nations on earth will be blessed,40 because you have obeyed me."4119
Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba.42 And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.