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Genesis 22 The Sacrifice of Isaac Chapter 22 1.) After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he answered.
2.) “Take your son,” He said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
3.) So Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He split wood for a burnt offering and set out to go to the place God had told him about. 4.) On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5.) Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” 6.) Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac. In his hand he took the fire and the sacrificial knife, and the two of them walked on together.
7.) Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.”
And he replied, “Here I am, my son.”
Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8.) Abraham answered, “God Himself will provideb]">[b] the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Then the two of them walked on together.
9.) When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaacc]">[c] and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. 10.) Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
11.) But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
He replied, “Here I am.”
12.) Then He said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from Me.” 13.) Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14.) And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide,e]">[e] so today it is said: “It will be provided on the Lord’s mountain.”
15.) Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16.) and said, “By Myself I have sworn,” this is the Lord’s declaration: “Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son, 17.) I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gates of their enemies. 18.) And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed My command.”
19.) Abraham went back to his young men, and they got up and went together to Beer-sheba. And Abraham settled in Beer-sheba. Rebekah’s Family 20.) Now after these things Abraham was told, “Milcah also has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 21.) Uz his firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel the father of Aram, 22.) Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 23.) And Bethuel fathered Rebekah. Milcah bore these eight to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24.) His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
The Purpose of This Gospel 30.) Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book.
31.) But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.
Jesus’ Third Appearance to the Disciples
Chapter 21 1.) After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to His disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed Himself in this way:
2.) Simon Peter, Thomas (called “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of His disciples were together.
3.) “I’m going fishing,” Simon Peter said to them.
“We’re coming with you,” they told him. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4.) When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore. However, the disciples did not know it was Jesus.
5.) “Men,” Jesus called to them, “you don’t have any fish, do you?”
“No,” they answered.
6.) “Cast the net on the right side of the boat,” He told them, “and you’ll find some.” So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish.
7.) Therefore the disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer garment around him (for he was stripped) and plunged into the sea.
8.) But since they were not far from land (about 100 yards away), the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish.
9.) When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread.
10.) “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus told them.
11.) So Simon Peter got up and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish—153 of them. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
12.) “Come and have breakfast,” Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish.
14.) This was now the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Jesus’ Threefold Restoration of Peter
15.) When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.”
“Feed My lambs,” He told him.
16.) A second time He asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.”
“Shepherd My sheep,” He told him.
17.) He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”
Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.”
“Feed My sheep,” Jesus said.
18.) “I assure you: When you were young, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go.”
19.) He said this to signify by what kind of death he would glorify God. After saying this, He told him, “Follow Me!”
Correcting a False Report
20.) So Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them. That disciple was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is the one that’s going to betray You?”
21.) When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord—what about him?”
22.) “If I want him to remain until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? As for you, follow Me.”
23.) So this report spread to the brothersm that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not tell him that he would not die, but, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”
24.) This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25.) And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if they were written one by one, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written.
1) The Plot against Daniel6 Darius decided to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, stationed throughout the realm, 2) and over them three administrators, including Daniel. These satraps would be accountable to them so that the king would not be defrauded. 3) Daniel distinguished himself above the administrators and satraps because he had an extraordinary spirit, so the king planned to set him over the whole realm. 4) The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him. 5) Then these men said, “We will never find any charge against this Daniel unless we find something against him concerning the law of his God.”
6) So the administrators and satraps went together to the king and said to him, “May King Darius live forever. 7) All the administrators of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, advisers, and governors have agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an edict that for 30 days, anyone who petitions any god or man except you, the king, will be thrown into the lions’ den. 8) Therefore, Your Majesty, establish the edict and sign the document so that, as a law of the Medes and Persians, it is irrevocable and cannot be changed.” 9) So King Darius signed the document.
Daniel in the Lions’ Den
10) When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house. The windows in its upper room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11) Then these men went as a group and found Daniel petitioning and imploring his God. 12) So they approached the king and asked about his edict: “Didn’t you sign an edict that for 30 days any man who petitions any god or man except you, the king, will be thrown into the lions’ den?”
The king answered, “As a law of the Medes and Persians, the order stands and is irrevocable.”
13) Then they replied to the king, “Daniel, one of the Judean exiles, has ignored you, the king, and the edict you signed, for he prays three times a day.” 14) As soon as the king heard this, he was very displeased; he set his mind on rescuing Daniel and made every effort until sundown to deliver him.
15) Then these men went to the king and said to him, “You as king know it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no edict or ordinance the king establishes can be changed.”
16) So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” 17) A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing in regard to Daniel could be changed. 18) Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting. No diversions were brought to him, and he could not sleep.
19) At the first light of dawn the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20) When he reached the den, he cried out in anguish to Daniel. “Daniel, servant of the living God,” the king said, “has your God whom you serve continually been able to rescue you from the lions?”
21) Then Daniel spoke with the king: “May the king live forever. 22) My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths. They haven’t hurt me, for I was found innocent before Him. Also, I have not committed a crime against you my king.”
23) The king was overjoyed and gave orders to take Daniel out of the den. So Daniel was taken out of the den, uninjured, for he trusted in his God. 24) The king then gave the command, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the lions’ den—they, their children, and their wives. They had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Darius Honors God
25) Then King Darius wrote to those of every people, nation, and language who live in all the earth: “May your prosperity abound. 26 I issue a decree that in all my royal dominion, people must tremble in fear before the God of Daniel:
For He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end. 27) He rescues and delivers; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and[f] the reign of Cyrus the Persian.