Genesis 22:9

“And they came to the place which God had tolde him of, and Abraham built an Altar there, and layd the wood in order, and bound Isaac his sonne, and layde him on the Altar vpon the wood.”

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And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
- King James Version

Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they came to the place which God had told him of. And Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they came to the place of which God had given him knowledge; and there Abraham made the altar and put the wood in place on it, and having made tight the bands round Isaac his son, he put him on the wood on the altar.
- Basic English Bible

And they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built the altar there, and piled the wood; and he bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
- Darby Bible

And they came to the place which God had named to him; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order; and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
- Webster's Bible

They came to the place which God had told him of. Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, on the wood.
- World English Bible

And they come in unto the place of which God hath spoken to him, and there Abraham buildeth the altar, and arrangeth the wood, and bindeth Isaac his son, and placeth him upon the altar above the wood;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 22:9


22:9 With the same resolution and composedness of mind, he applies himself to the compleating of this sacrifice. After many a weary step, and with a heavy heart, he arrives at length at the fatal place; builds the altar, an altar of earth, we may suppose, the saddest that ever be built; lays the wood in order for Isaac's funeral pile; and now tells him the amazing news. Isaac, for ought appears, is as willing as Abraham; we do not find that he made any objection against it. God commands it to be done, and Isaac has learned to submit. Yet it is necessary that a sacrifice be bound; the great Sacrifice, which, in the fulness of time, was to be offered up, must be bound, and therefore so must Isaac. Having bound him he lays him upon the altar, and his hand upon the head of the sacrifice. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and wonder, O earth! here is an act of faith and obedience which deserves to be a spectacle to God, angels and men; Abraham's darling, the church's hope, the heir of promise, lies ready to bleed and die by his own father's hands! Now this obedience of Abraham in offering up Isaac is a lively representation, Of the love of God to us, in delivering up his only begotten Son to suffer and die for us, as a sacrifice. Abraham was obliged both in duty and gratitude to part with Isaac and parted with him to a friend, but God was under no obligations to us, for we were enemies. Of our duty to God in return of that love we must tread in the steps of this faith of Abraham. God, by his word, calls us to part with all for Christ, all our sins, tho' they have been as a right hand, or a right eye, or an Isaac; all those things that are rivals with Christ for the sovereignity of our heart; and we must chearfully let them all go. God, by his providence, which is truly the voice of God, calls us to part with an Isaac sometimes, and we must do it by a chearful resignation and submission to his holy will.


Discussion for Genesis 22

  • Irene123
    TO LILIANNE ON GEN. CH 22 - HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THE ABRAHAM/ISAAC STORY: AS ABRAHAM/ISAAC WERE GOING UP THEIR SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN - GOD WAS PACING RIGHT ALONG WITH THEM UP THE OTHER SIDE - TO MEET THEM!!! I HEARD THIS PREACHED ON IN CH. AND IT WAS SO MUCH MORE HEART TOUCHING THAN I COULD SAY IT. IT BR'OT TEARS TO MY EYES.
  • Irene123
    You know what, Lilianne? as Abraham and Isaac were walking up that mountain - God was walking up the other side to "provide the lamb." He was right there with them.
  • Sonja
    Abraham was always obedient it seemed no matter how hard he was faithful and trusted the Lord.
  • Lynn
    Yes, God already knew Abraham would obey. Still he would test his faith. In the Old Testament faith was often tested with visuals. In the New Testament we look back on these test to increase our faith. Isaac was the son of promise through Sarah, not Ishmael. Today if someone says God speaks directly to them outside of his written word it is a lie. No new revelation can be added. God's word is complete.
  • Hope brown
    In 1. Samuel 15,22 we read: "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams." That was a hard test for Abraham. Abraham knew God, he had fellowship with God and trusted him. I think God s promises to him concerning Isaac gave him confidence in obeying God. Christians in general need to have a more personal relationship with God. We need to know "Him" and the power of "HIS" might. Knowing him makes life pleasant and enjoyable. We will be tested, but not above that which we can bear.
  • OLUWATOYIN
    Isaac was not the blessing it was when Abraham offered Isaac that he provoked the blessing.

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