1Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded 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. 4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5He 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.”
6Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7Isaac 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 lamb for the burnt offering?”
8Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram22:13 Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text a ram behind him caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18and through your offspring22:18 Or seed all nations on earth will be blessed,22:18 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20) because you have obeyed me.”
19Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.
20Some time later Abraham was told, “Milkah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 21Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.” 23Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. Milkah bore these eight sons to Abraham’s brother Nahor. 24His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maakah.
Wɔsɔ Abraham Hwɛ
1Nna bi akyi no, Onyankopɔn sɔɔ Abraham hwɛe. Ɔfrɛɛ Abraham se, “Abraham!”
Abraham buae se, “Me ni!”
2Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Fa wo ba, wo ba koro Isak a wodɔ no no kɔ Moria asase so, na fa no kɔbɔ ɔhyew afɔre wɔ mmepɔw a ɛwɔ hɔ no mu baako a mɛkyerɛ wo no so.”
3Abraham sɔree anɔpatutuutu hyehyɛɛ nʼafurum. Ɔfaa ne nkoa no mu baanu ne ne ba Isak kaa ne ho. Otwitwaa ogya a ɛbɛso ɔhyew afɔre no bɔ no, osii mu kɔɔ faako a Onyankopɔn kyerɛɛ no sɛ ɔnkɔ no. 4Ne nnansa so no, Abraham too nʼani huu sɛ baabi a ɔrekɔ no wɔ akyirikyiri. 5Na Abraham ka kyerɛɛ ne nkoa no se, “Mo ne afurum no ntwɛn wɔ ha, na me ne abarimaa no nkɔ anim kakra nkɔsom. Sɛ yɛsom wie a, yɛbɛsan aba.”
6Abraham faa nnyina a wɔde rekɔbɔ ɔhyew afɔre no de soaa ne ba Isak. Na ɔno nso faa ogya ne sekan kurae. Bere a wɔrekɔ no, 7Isak frɛɛ nʼagya Abraham se, “Agya!”
Na Abraham buae se, “Me ba, asɛm bɛn?”
Isak bisaa no se, “Ogya ne nnyina no ni, na oguamma a yɛde no rekɔbɔ ɔhyew afɔre no wɔ he?”
8Abraham buae se, “Onyankopɔn no ankasa bɛma yɛn afɔre guan no a yɛde rekɔbɔ ɔhyew afɔre no.” Na wɔn baanu no toaa so kɔe.
9Wokoduu faako a Onyankopɔn kyerɛɛ no no, Abraham sii afɔremuka wɔ hɔ, hyehyɛɛ nnyina no wɔ so. Ɔkyekyeree ne ba Isak, de no too nnyina no so wɔ afɔremuka no so. 10Abraham twee sekan no, maa so sɛ ɔde rebetwa ne ba no mene akum no. 11Ɛhɔ ara na Awurade bɔfo frɛɛ no fi ɔsoro se, “Abraham! Abraham!”
Na Abraham gyee so se, “Me ni.”
12Awurade bɔfo no kae se, “Mfa wo nsa nka abofra no. Nyɛ no bɔne biara. Esiane sɛ woamfa wo dɔba, wo ba koro no ankame me no nti, mahu sɛ wusuro Onyankopɔn.”
13Abraham maa nʼani so huu sɛ nkyɛkyerɛ bi aso Odwennini bi mmɛn mu wɔ wura no mu hɔ. Abraham kɔkyeree Odwennini no de no bɔɔ ɔhyew afɔre wɔ afɔremuka no so sii ne ba no anan mu. 14Abraham too beae no din se Awurade De Bɛma. Ebesi nnɛ no wɔka se, “Wɔde bɛma wɔ Awurade bepɔw no so.”
15Awurade bɔfo no frɛɛ Abraham fii ɔsoro nea ɛto so abien kae se, 16“Maka me ho ntam se, esiane sɛ woayɛ eyi, na woamfa wo ba, wo ba koro no ankame me nti, 17hyira na mehyira wo na mama wʼase adɔ sɛ ɔsoro nsoromma ne mpoano nwea. Na wʼasefo begye wɔn atamfo nkuropɔn adi so. 18Wɔnam wʼasefo so na wobehyira wiase amanaman nyinaa, efisɛ woadi mʼasɛm so.”
19Na Abraham san kɔɔ nʼasomfo no nkyɛn ne wɔn sii mu kɔɔ Beer-Seba kɔtenaa hɔ.
20Nna bi akyi no, wɔka kyerɛɛ Abraham se, “Milka nso yɛ ɔbeatan a wawo mmabarima ama wo nuabarima Nahor:
21Us yɛ abakan, Us nuabarima a odi so ne Bus.
Kemuel a ɔto so abiɛsa na ɔwoo Aram.
22Wɔn a wɔaka no ne Kesed, Haso, Pildas, Yidlaf ne Betuel.”
23Betuel bɛyɛɛ Rebeka nʼagya.
Milka ne Abraham nua Nahor na wɔwowoo saa mmabarima baawɔtwe yi.
24Nahor ne ne mpena Rehuma nso woo mma baanan a wɔn din de,
Teba, Gaham, Tahas ne Maaka.