Abraham Offers Isaac
1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham! Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your beloved son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a whole burnt offering on one of the mountains I tell you.”†
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey; and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split firewood for the whole burnt offering, and arose and went to the place God told him.†
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.
5 Thus Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
6 So Abraham took the firewood of the whole burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. Then he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.
7 Then Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the firewood, but where is the sheep for a whole burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the sheep for a whole burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
9 They came to the place where God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the firewood in order; and he bound Isaac his son hand and foot and laid him on the altar, upon the firewood.
10 Then Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham! Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.”
12 He then replied, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him, for now I know you fear God, since for My sake you have not spared your beloved son.”†
13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him a ram was caught in a thicket by its horns. So he brought it for a whole burnt offering in the place of his son.
14 Thus Abraham called the name of the place The-Lord-Has-Appeared; as it is said to this day, “In the mountain the Lord was seen.”†
15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,
16 and said, “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you did this thing, and for My sake did not spare your beloved son,†
17 I will certainly bless you, and assuredly multiply your seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the seashore; and your seed shall inherit the cities of their enemies.†
18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you obeyed My voice.”
19 So Abraham returned to his servants, and they rose and went together to the Well of Oath; and Abraham dwelt at the Well of Oath.
The Children of Nahor
20 Now it came to pass after these things that it was told Abraham, saying, “Indeed, Milcah also has borne sons to your brother Nahor:
21 Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram,
22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.”
23 And Bethuel begot Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.
24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Ma-achah.
1 A psalm by David. †To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul, O my God.
2 I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies laugh at me.
3 For all who wait upon You shall not be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who act lawlessly in vain.
4 Make known Your ways to me, O Lord, And teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation, And on You I wait all the day.
6 Remember Your compassion, O Lord, And Your mercy, for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor of my ignorance; But remember me according to Your mercy, Because of Your loving-kindness, O Lord.
8 Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He will instruct sinners in His way.
9 He will guide the gentle in judgment; He will teach the gentle His ways.
10 All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth For those who seek His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my sin, for it is great.
Proverbs of Solomon 4
The Wise Heart
19 My son, give heed to my word And incline your ear to my words,†
20 That your fountains may not fail you; Guard them in your heart;
21 For they are life to those who find them And healing for all their flesh.
22 Keep your heart with all watchfulness, For from these words are the issues of life.
23 Put away from yourself a crooked mouth And remove unrighteous lips far from you.
Walking on Water
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.†
23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”†
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”†
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”†
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”†
34 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick,
36 and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.†