Passage: Genesis 20, 21, 22 (RSV)


Genesis 20


1From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar.
2And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abim'elech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
3But God came to Abim'elech in a dream by night, and said to him, "Behold, you are a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife."
4Now Abim'elech had not approached her; so he said, "Lord, wilt thou slay an innocent people?
5Did he not himself say to me, `She is my sister'? And she herself said, `He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this."
6Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me; therefore I did not let you touch her.
7Now then restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours."
8So Abim'elech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told them all these things; and the men were very much afraid.
9Then Abim'elech called Abraham, and said to him, "What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done."
10And Abim'elech said to Abraham, "What were you thinking of, that you did this thing?"
11Abraham said, "I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.
12Besides she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
13And when God caused me to wander from my father's house, I said to her, `This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, He is my brother.'"
14Then Abim'elech took sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham, and restored Sarah his wife to him.
15And Abim'elech said, "Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you."
16To Sarah he said, "Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; it is your vindication in the eyes of all who are with you; and before every one you are righted."
17Then Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abim'elech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children.
18For the LORD had closed all the wombs of the house of Abim'elech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

Genesis 21


1The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.
2And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.
3Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.
4And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6And Sarah said, "God has made laughter for me; every one who hears will laugh over me."
7And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would suckle children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."
8And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
9But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.
10So she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac."
11And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.
12But God said to Abraham, "Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named.
13And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring."
14So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
15When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.
16Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, "Let me not look upon the death of the child." And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept.
17And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.
18Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation."
19Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.
20And God was with the lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow.
21He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
22At that time Abim'elech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, "God is with you in all that you do;
23now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but as I have dealt loyally with you, you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned."
24And Abraham said, "I will swear."
25When Abraham complained to Abim'elech about a well of water which Abim'elech's servants had seized,
26Abim'elech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today."
27So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abim'elech, and the two men made a covenant.
28Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart.
29And Abim'elech said to Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set apart?"
30He said, "These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that you may be a witness for me that I dug this well."
31Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there both of them swore an oath.
32So they made a covenant at Beer-sheba. Then Abim'elech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines.
33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.
34And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines.

Genesis 22


1After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
2He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Mori'ah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you."
3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off.
5Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you."
6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.
7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, "My father!" And he said, "Here am I, my son." He said, "Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
8Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together.
9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
10Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I."
12He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."
13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
14So Abraham called the name of that place The LORD will provide; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."
15And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
16and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies,
18and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."
19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
20Now after these things it was told Abraham, "Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor:
21Uz the first-born, Buz his brother, Kemu'el the father of Aram,
22Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethu'el."
23Bethu'el became the father of Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
24Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Ma'acah.



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