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 22:1

  • God knew what Abraham would do, he wanted Abraham to know where He stood himself. The bible says that we are so compassed about with a great cloud of witnesses. Abraham is one of these witnesses,so that we would know the power of God.
  • Still searching for verse 1
    Why did God need to tempt or test Abraham? If God is omniscient, he new exactly what Abraham would do.

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