(Gen 22:1-3)  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt [Heb: test] Abraham [Heb: father of a multitude], and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah [one of three hills in later to be Jerusalem]; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him [Why? To be witnesses, or to hold down Isaac?], and Isaac his son, and clave the wood [Heb: cut up] [divided the good wood from the bad] for the burnt offering [to be wholly consumed by the Lord], and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

  1. burnt offering = Heb: a step or (collectively stairs, as ascending); usually a holocaust (as going up in smoke): - ascent, burnt offering (sacrifice), go up to /// to ascend.


(Gen 22:4-6)  Then on the third day [symbol of resurrection] Abraham lifted up his eyes [and thoughts], and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad [probably in his late teens] will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

  1. (Hos 6:1-3)  Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us [Heb: to live: make alive, quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life), save, be whole]: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live [Heb: revive] in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.


(Gen 22:7,8)  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

  1. Commentary: provide for himself, or provide himself?


(Gen 22:9-12)  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 [Heb: to tie with thongs] Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

  1. (Exo 20:12)  Honour [obey] thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. [The Fifth Commandment]


(Gen 22:13,14)  And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns [symbol of power, a mature lamb]: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh [Heb: Jehovah will see, Jehovah will provide]: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.


(Gen 22:15-19)  And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed [the twelve foundational tribes of Israel] shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba [Heb: well of an oath].