Genesis 22:1

“And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said vnto him, Abraham. And hee said, Beholde, heere I am.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham! And he said, "Here I am.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham. And he said, Here am I.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now after these things, God put Abraham to the test, and said to him, Abraham; and he said, Here am I.
- Basic English Bible

And it came to pass after these things, that God tried Abraham, and said to him, Abraham! and he said, Here am I.
- Darby Bible

And it came to pass after these things, that God tempted Abraham, and said to him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
- Webster's Bible

It happened after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" He said, "Here I am."
- World English Bible

And it cometh to pass after these things that God hath tried Abraham, and saith unto him, `Abraham;' and he saith, `Here [am] I.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him: 'Abraham'; and he said: 'Here am I.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 22:1


22:1 Here is the trial of Abraham's faith, whether it continued so strong, so vigorous, so victorious, after a long settlement in communion with God, as it was at first, when by it he left his country: then it appeared that he loved God better than his father; now, that he loved him better than his son. After these things - After all the other exercises he had had, all the difficulties he had gone through: now perhaps he was beginning to think the storms were blown over but after all, this encounter comes, which is stranger than any yet. God did tempt Abraham - Not to draw him to sin, so Satan tempts; but to discover his graces, how strong they were, that they might be found to praise and honour and glory. The trial itself: God appeared to him as he had formerly done, called him by name Abraham, that name which had been given him in ratification of the promise: Abraham, like a good servant, readily answered, Here am I; what saith my Lord unto his servant? Probably he expected some renewed promise, like those, #Ge 15:1 17:1|, but to his great amazement that which God hath to say to him is in short, Abraham, go kill thy son: and this command is given him in such aggravating language as makes the temptation abundantly more grievous. When God speaks, Abraham, no doubt, takes notice of every word, and listens attentively to it: and every word here is a sword in his bones; the trial is steel'd with trying phrases. Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that he should afflict? No, it is not; yet when Abraham's faith is to be tried, God seems to take pleasure in the aggravation of the trial.


Discussion for Genesis 22

  • Anne
    It is notable that Abraham did not tell anyone else about what God had asked him to do. He knew it was God and did not need anyone else's opinion. When God speaks to us we should not hesitate and debate with anyone else, but trust Him completely.
  • Seven Trumpets
    Genesis 22:20 "And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;" An ineresting part "after these things..." because it shows us something, that many of us feel often, as Christians in the world. How many times have we had great experience in God, and after to meet some who seemed only sent to "one up" us?
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    This chapter has important lessons for Christians. It presents a double test of faith and adherence to the command of God. Abraham demonstrated unshakable faith, a trait true Christians should hold dear. He also heeded the command of God not minding the sore consequence. As Christians,"Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it." (John 2:5). God Himself used this episode to herald the sacrifice of Jesus
  • Irene123
    "..... and I and the lad will go ....... and come again to you." This was just br'ot out in this a.m. Bible study. Abraham had FAITH in God, but did he realize what he said here? Or did God put those words in his mouth, un-knowing to Abraham? Abraham actually raised the knife. I just feel that Abraham didn't realize what he had said; and 'feelings' are not a good interpreter of His word.
  • Freda
    The Lord will test our Faith and obedience to him. God gave his only son who died for our sins. We will be tested time after time yet we must remain Faithful!
  • Salem
    Comment* If Atall Abraham Had Restrained Giving Up Isaac Having Been Afriend Of God And Asource Of The Earth's Blessings, God Could By no Means Give Jesus As Aramson.Forget Not That The Word Ramson,has Two Powerful Words; Ram and Son.So Jesus Was The Ram That Represented The Only Beloved Son Isaac Of The Everlasting Convenant.

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