The faith and obedience of Abraham is proved in his readiness to sacrifice his son Isaac. He is stayed from the act by an angel. Former promises are renewed to him. His brother Nachor's issue.
1 After these things, God tempted Abraham, and said to him: Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am.
Quae postquam gesta sunt, tentavit Deus Abraham, et dixit ad eum : Abraham, Abraham. At ille respondit : Adsum.
2 He said to him: Take thy only begotten son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and go into the land of vision: and there thou shalt offer him for an holocaust upon one of the mountains which I will shew thee.
Ait illi : Tolle filium tuum unigenitum, quem diligis, Isaac, et vade in terram visionis, atque ibi offeres eum in holocaustum super unum montium quem monstravero tibi.
3 So Abraham rising up in the night, saddled his ass: and took with him two young men, and Isaac his son: and when he had cut wood for the holocaust he went his way to the place which God had commanded him.
Igitur Abraham de nocte consurgens, stravit asinum suum, ducens secum duos juvenes, et Isaac filium suum : cumque concidisset ligna in holocaustum, abiit ad locum quem praeceperat ei Deus.
4 And on the third day, lifting up his eyes, he saw the place afar off.
Die autem tertio, elevatis oculis, vidit locum procul :
5 And he said to his young men: Stay you here with the ass: I and the boy will go with speed as far as yonder, and after we have worshipped, will return to you.
dixitque ad pueros suos : Expectate hic cum asino : ego et puer illuc usque properantes, postquam adoraverimus, revertemur ad vos.
6 And he took the wood for the holocaust, and laid it upon Isaac his son: and he himself carried in his hands fire and a sword. And as they two went on together,
Tulit quoque ligna holocausti, et imposuit super Isaac filium suum : ipse vero portabat in manibus ignem et gladium. Cumque duo pergerent simul,
7 Isaac said to his father: My father. And he answered: What wilt thou, son? Behold, saith he, fire and wood: where is the victim for the holocaust?
dixit Isaac patri suo : Pater mi. At ille respondit : Quid vis, fili? Ecce, inquit, ignis et ligna : ubi est victima holocausti?
8 And Abraham said: God will provide himself a victim for an holocaust, my son. So they went on together.
Dixit autem Abraham : Deus providebit sibi victimam holocausti, fili mi. Pergebant ergo pariter.
9 And they came to the place which God had shewn him, where he built an altar, and laid the wood in order upon it: and when he had bound Isaac his son, he laid him on the altar upon the pile of wood.
Et venerunt ad locum quem ostenderat ei Deus, in quo aedificavit altare, et desuper ligna composuit; cumque alligasset Isaac filium suum, posuit eum in altare super struem lignorum.
10 And he put forth his hand and took the sword, to sacrifice his son.
Extenditque manum, et arripuit gladium, ut immolaret filium suum.
11 And behold an angel of the Lord from heaven called to him, saying: Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am.
Et ecce angelus Domini de caelo clamavit, dicens : Abraham, Abraham. Qui respondit : Adsum.
12 And he said to him: Lay not thy hand upon the boy, neither do thou any thing to him: now I know that thou fearest God, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake.
Dixitque ei : Non extendas manum tuam super puerum, neque facias illi quidquam : nunc cognovi quod times Deum, et non pepercisti unigenito filio tuo propter me.
13 Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw behind his back a ram amongst the briers sticking fast by the horns, which he took and offered for a holocaust instead of his son.
Levavit Abraham oculos suos, viditque post tergum arietem inter vepres haerentem cornibus, quem assumens obtulit holocaustum pro filio.
14 And he called the name of that place, The Lord seeth. Whereupon even to this day it is said: In the mountain the Lord will see.
Appellavitque nomen loci illius, Dominus videt. Unde usque hodie dicitur : In monte Dominus videbit.
15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, saying:
Vocavit autem angelus Domini Abraham secundo de caelo, dicens :
16 By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord: because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake:
Per memetipsum juravi, dicit Dominus : quia fecisti hanc rem, et non pepercisti filio tuo unigenito propter me :
17 I will bless thee, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is by the sea shore: thy seed shall possess the gates of their enemies.
benedicam tibi, et multiplicabo semen tuum sicut stellas caeli, et velut arenam quae est in littore maris : possidebit semen tuum portas inimicorum suorum,
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.
et benedicentur in semine tuo omnes gentes terrae, quia obedisti voci meae.
19 Abraham returned to his young men, and they went to Bersabee together, and he dwelt there.
Reversus est Abraham ad pueros suos, abieruntque Bersabee simul, et habitavit ibi.
20 After these things, it was told Abraham that Melcha also had borne children to Nachor his brother.
His ita gestis, nuntiatum est Abrahae quod Melcha quoque genuisset filios Nachor fratri suo :
21 Hus the firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Camuel the father of the Syrians,
Hus primogenitum, et Buz fratrem ejus, et Camuel patrem Syrorum,
22 And Cased, and Azau, and Pheldas, and Jedlaph,
et Cased, et Azau, Pheldas quoque et Jedlaph,
23 And Bathuel, of whom was born Rebecca: These eight did Melcha bear to Nachor Abraham's brother.
ac Bathuel, de quo nata est Rebecca : octo istos genuit Melcha, Nachor fratri Abrahae.
24 And his concubine, named Roma, bore Tabee, and Gaham, and Tahas, and Maacha.
Concubina vero illius, nomine Roma, peperit Tabee, et Gaham, et Thahas, et Maacha.