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The Birth of Isaac

Time: 2006-05-13 10:04:52  Hit: 3512
The Birth of Isaac

The Lord showed favor to Sarah as he had promised, and made good what he had said about her . She conceived and bore a son to Abraham for his old age , at the time which God had appointed. The son whom Sarah bore to him , Abraham named Isaac. When Isaac was eight days old Abraham circumcised him , as God had commanded. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born . Sarah said, 'God has given me good reason to laugh, and everybody who hears will laugh with me . 'She said, 'Whoever would have told Abraham that Sarah would suckle children?Yet I have borne him a son for his old age. 'The boy grew and was weaned, and on the day of his weaning Abraham gave a feast . Sarah saw the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham laughing at him , and she said to Abraham, 'Drive out this slave-girl and her son ; I will not have this slave-girl's son sharing the inheritance with my son Isaac. 'Abraham was vexed at this on account of the boy and the slave-girl Do what Sarah says, because you shall have descendants through Isaac. I will make a great nation of the slave-girl's son too, because he is your own child. '
Abraham rose early in the morning, took some food and a waterskin full of water and gave it to Hagar; he set the child on her shoulder and sent her away , and she went and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. When the water in the skin was finished , she thrust the child under a bush,   and went and sat down some way off, about two bowshots away , for she said, 'how can I watch the child die ?'so she sat some way off ,  weeping bitterly . God heard the child crying , and the angel of God called from heaven to Hagar, 'what is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid: God has heard the child crying where you laid him . Get to your feet , lift the child up and hold him in your arms, because I will make of him a great nation . Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well full of water; she went to it , filled her waterskin and gave the child a drink. God was with the child , and he grew up and lived in the wilderness of Paran. He became an archer, and his mother found him a wife from Egypt .

The time came when God put Abraham to the test . 'Abraham ', he called, and Abraham replied, 'Here I
am, 'God said , 'Take your son Isaac, your only won , whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a sacrifice on one of the hills which I will show you . 'So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his ass, and he took with him two of his men and his son Isaac; and he split the firewood for the sacrifice,  and wet out for the place of which God had spoken. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance . He said to his men , 'Stay here with the ass while I and the boy go over there ; and when we have worshipped we will come back to you . 'So Abraham took the wood for the sacrifice and laid it on his son Isaac's shoulder;  he himself carried the fire and the knife , and the two of them went on together. Isaac said to Abraham, 'Father', and he answered, 'What is it , my son /'Isaac said , 'Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the young beast 'for the sacrifice?'Abraham answered, 'God will provide himself with a young beast for a sacrifice , my son . 'And the two of them went on together and came to the place of which God had spoken . There Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood . He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood . Then he stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his son 'but the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, 'Abraham , Abraham. 'He answered, 'Here I am . 'the angel of the Lord said , 'Do not raise your hand against the boy ; do not touch him . Now I know that you are a God-fearing man . You have not withheld from me your son , your only won . 'Abraham looked up, and there he saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket . So he went and took the ram and offered it as a sacrifice instead of his son . Then the angel of the Lord called from heaven a second time to Abraham , 'This is the word of the Lord : By my own self I swear : inasmuch as you have cone this and have not withheld your son , your only son , I will bless you abundantly and greatly multiply your descendants until they are as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the sea-shore . Your descendants shall possess the cities of their enemies . All nations on earth shall pray to be blessed as your descendants are blessed . and this because you have obeyed me .
Abraham went back to his men , and together they returned to Beersheba; and there Abraham remained.
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