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Covenant with Abraham

(Category 2 of 16)


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Abraham’s Faith Confirmed


1 Now it came to pass after these things that aGod tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, ayour only son Isaac, whom you

CHAPTER 22 References

1 aHeb. 11:17
2 aGen. 22:12,
16 bJohn 5:20
c2 Chr. 3:1
dGen. 8:20;
5 a[Heb. 11:19] 1Or young
6 aJohn 19:17
7 1Or goat
8 aJohn 1:29,
36 bEx. 12:3–6
9 a[Heb.
11:17–19] 11 aGen. 16:7–
11; 21:17, 18;
12 a1 Sam.
15:22 bJames
2:21, 22 cGen.
22:2, 16
14 1Heb.
YHWH Yireh
16 aPs. 105:9
17 aGen. 17:16;
26:3, 24 bGen.
15:5; 26:4
cGen. 13:16;


blove, and go cto the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a dburnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall 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 the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the 1lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will acome back to you.”
6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and alaid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.
7 But 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 wood, but where is the 1lamb for a burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the alamb for a bburnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and alaid him on the altar, upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the aAngel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.”
12 And He said, a“Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for bnow I know that you fear God, since you have not cwithheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of the place, 1The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,
16 and said: a“By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—
17 “blessing I will abless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants bas the stars of the heaven cand as the sand which is on

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the seashore; and dyour descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
18 a“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, bbecause you have obeyed My voice.”
19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to aBeersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

The Family of Nahor

20 Now it came to pass after these things that it was told Abraham, saying, “Indeed aMilcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor:
21 a“Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father bof Aram,
22 “Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.”
23 And aBethuel begot 1Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.
24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.

Sarah’s Death and Burial


1 Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.
2 So Sarah died in aKirjath Arba (that is, bHebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
3 Then Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of aHeth, saying,
4 a“I am a foreigner and a visitor among you. bGive me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”
5 And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,
6 “Hear us, my lord: You are aa 1mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places. None of us will withhold from you his burial place, that you may bury your dead.”
7 Then Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, the sons of Heth.
8 And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your wish that I bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and 1meet with Ephron the son of Zohar for me,
9 “that he may give me the cave of aMachpelah which he has, which is at the end of his field. Let him give it to me at the full price, as property for a burial place among you.”
10 Now Ephron dwelt among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the presence of the sons of Heth, all who aentered at the gate of his city, saying,
11 a“No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field and the cave that is in it; I give it to you in the presence of the sons of my people. I give it to you. Bury your dead!”
12 Then Abraham bowed himself

17 dGen. 24:60
18 aGen. 12:3;
18:18; 26:4;
bGen. 18:19;
22:3, 10; 26:5
19 aGen. 21:31
20 aGen. 11:29;
21 aJob 1:1
bJob 32:2
23 aGen. 24:15
Rom. 9:10

CHAPTER 23 References

2 aJosh. 14:15;
15:13; 21:11
bGen. 13:18;
3 aGen. 10:15;
4 a[Gen. 17:8] bActs 7:5, 16
6 aGen. 13:2;
14:14; 24:35
1Lit. prince of
8 1entreat
9 aGen. 25:9
10 aGen. 23:18;
34:20, 24
11 a2 Sam.
15 aEx. 30:13
16 aJer. 32:9,
17 aGen. 25:9;
20 aJer. 32:10,

CHAPTER 24 References

1 aGen. 18:11;
21:5 bGen.
12:2; 13:2;
2 aGen. 15:2
bGen. 24:10;
39:4–6 cGen.
3 aGen. 14:19,
22 bDeut. 7:3
1take an oath
4 aGen. 28:2
bGen. 12:1
7 aGen. 12:1;
24:3 bGen.
12:7; 13:15;
15:18; 17:8
cEx. 23:20, 23;
33:2 1Lit. seed

down before the people of the land;
13 and he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will give it, please hear me. I will give you money for the field; take it from me and I will bury my dead there.”
14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him,
15 “My lord, listen to me; the land is worth four hundred ashekels of silver.What is that between you and me? So bury your dead.”
16 And Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham aweighed out the silver for Ephron which he had named in the hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency of the merchants.
17 So athe field of Ephron which was in Machpelah,which was before Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field,which were within all the surrounding borders, were deeded
18 to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city.
19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
20 So the field and the cave that is in it awere deeded to Abraham by the sons of Heth as property for a burial place.

A Bride for Isaac


1 Now Abraham awas old, well advanced in age; and the LORD bhad blessed Abraham in all things.
2 So Abraham said ato the oldest servant of his house, who bruled over all that he had, “Please, cput your hand under my thigh,
3 “and I will make you aswear1 by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that byou will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell;
4 a“but you shall go bto my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
5 And the servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?”
6 But Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there.
7 “The LORD God of heaven, who atook me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, b‘To your 1descendants I give this land,’ cHe will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
8 “And if the woman is not willing

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to follow you, then ayou will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there.”
9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter. 10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, afor all his master’s goods were in his hand. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to bthe city of Nahor.
11 And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time awhen women go out to draw water.
12 Then he asaid, “O LORD God of my master Abraham, please bgive me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
13 “Behold, here aI stand by the well of water, and bthe daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.
14 “Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And aby this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”
15 And it happened, abefore he had finished speaking, that behold, bRebekah, 1 who was born to Bethuel, son of cMilcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder.
16 Now the young woman awas very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up.
17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.”
18 aSo she said, “Drink, my lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink.
19 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”
20 Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
21 And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether athe LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
22 So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden anose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold,
23 and said, “Whose daughter are you? Tell me, please, is there room in your father’s house for us 1to lodge?”
24 So she said to him, a“I am the

8 aJosh.
10 aGen. 24:2,
22 bGen.
11:31, 32;
22:20; 27:43;
11 aEx. 2:16
12 aEx. 3:6, 15
bNeh. 1:11
13 aGen. 24:43
bEx. 2:16
14 aJudg. 6:17,
15 aIs. 65:24
bGen. 24:45;
25:20 cGen.
22:20, 23
Rom. 9:10
16 aGen. 12:11;
26:7; 29:17
18 a[1 Pet. 3:8,
9] 21 aGen.
24:12–14, 27,
22 aEx. 32:2, 3
23 1to spend
the night
24 aGen. 22:23;
26 aEx. 4:31
27 aEx. 18:10
bGen. 32:10
cGen. 24:21,
29 aGen. 29:5,
31 aJudg. 17:2
32 aGen. 43:24
bGen. 19:2
33 aJohn 4:34
35 aGen. 13:2;
36 aGen.
21:1–7 bGen.
21:10; 25:5
37 aGen.
38 aGen. 24:4
39 aGen. 24:5
40 aGen. 24:7
bGen. 5:22,
24; 17:1 1make
your way
41 aGen. 24:8


daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son, whom she bore to Nahor.”
25 Moreover she said to him, “We have both straw and feed enough, and room to lodge.”
26 Then the man abowed down his head and worshiped the LORD.
27 And he said, a“Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken bHis mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the LORD cled me to the house of my master’s brethren.”
28 So the young woman ran and told her mother’s household these things.
29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was aLaban, and Laban ran out to the man by the well.
30 So it came to pass, when he saw the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, “Thus the man spoke to me,” that he went to the man. And there he stood by the camels at the well.
31 And he said, “Come in, aO blessed of the LORD! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels.”
32 Then the man came to the house. And he unloaded the camels, and aprovided straw and feed for the camels, and water to bwash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.
33 Food was set before him to eat, but he said, a“I will not eat until I have told about my errand.” And he said, “Speak on.”
34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.
35 “The LORD ahas blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.
36 “And Sarah my master’s wife abore a son to my master when she was old; and bto him he has given all that he has.
37 “Now my master amade me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell; 38 a‘but you shall go to my father’s house and to my family, and take a wife for my son.’ 39 a“And I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’
40 a“But he said to me, ‘The LORD, bbefore whom I walk, will send His angel with you and 1prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son from my family and from my father’s house.
41 a‘You will be clear from this oath

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when you arrive among my family; for if they will not give her to you, then you will be released from my oath.’
42 “And this day I came to the well and said, a‘O LORD God of my master Abraham, if You will now prosper the way in which I go,
43 a‘behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass that when the virgin comes out to draw water, and I say to her, “Please give me a little water from your pitcher to drink,”
44 ‘and she says to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,”—let her be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master’s son.’
45 a“But before I had finished bspeaking in my heart, there was Rebekah, coming out with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’
46 “And she made haste and let her pitcher down from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels a drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels a drink also.
47 “Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the nose ring on her nose and the bracelets on her wrists.
48 a“And I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the way of truth to btake the daughter of my master’s brother for his son.
49 “Now if you will adeal kindly and truly with my master, tell me. And if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.”
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, a“The thing comes from the LORD; we cannot bspeak to you either bad or good.
51 a“Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master’s son’s wife, as the LORD has spoken.”
52 And it came to pass,when Abraham’s servant heard their words, that ahe worshiped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
53 Then the servant brought out ajewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave bprecious things to her brother and to her mother.
54 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank and stayed all night. Then they arose in the morning, and he said, a“Send me away to my master.”
55 But her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman stay with us a few days, at least ten; after that she may go.”
56 And he said to them, “Do not

42 aGen. 24:12
43 aGen. 24:13
45 aGen. 24:15
b1 Sam. 1:13
48 aGen. 24:26,
52 bGen.
22:23; 24:27
49 aJosh. 2:14
50 aPs. 118:23
bGen. 31:24,
51 aGen. 20:15
52 aGen. 24:26,
53 aEx. 3:22;
11:2; 12:35
b2 Chr. 21:3
54 aGen. 24:56,
59; 30:25
56 1delay
59 aGen. 35:8
60 aGen. 17:16
bGen. 22:17;
62 aGen. 16:14;
63 aJosh. 1:8
64 aJosh. 15:18
67 aGen. 25:20;
29:20 bGen.
23:1, 2; 38:12

1hinder me, since the LORD has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.”
57 So they said, “We will call the young woman and ask her personally.”
58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.”
59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister aand her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her:

“Our sister, may you become aThe mother of thousands of ten thousands; bAnd may your descendants possess The gates of those who hate them.”

61 Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.
62 Now Isaac came from the way of aBeer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South.
63 And Isaac went out ato meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.
64 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac ashe dismounted from her camel;
65 for she had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself.
66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he atook Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac bwas comforted after his mother’s death.

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Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies

A aMeditation1 of David, which he sang to the LORD bconcerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.

1 O LORD my God, in You I put my trust; aSave me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me,
2 aLest they tear me like a lion, bRending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

3 O LORD my God, aif I have done this: If there is biniquity in my hands,
4 If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, Or ahave plundered my enemy without cause,
5 Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; Yes, let him trample my life to the earth, And lay my honor in the dust. Selah

6 Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; aLift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies; bRise up 1for me to the judgment You have commanded!
7 So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; For their sakes, therefore, return on high.

PSALM 7 References

title aHab. 3:1
b2 Sam. 16
1Heb. Shiggaion
1 aPs. 31:15
2 aPs. 57:4; Is.
38:13 bPs.
3 a2 Sam. 16:7
b1 Sam. 24:11
4 a1 Sam. 24:7;
6 aPs. 94:2 bPs.
35:23; 44:23
1So with MT,
Tg.,Vg.; LXX
8 aPs. 26:1;
35:24; 43:1
bPs. 18:20;
9 a[1 Sam.
16:7] 1Lit. kidneys,
the most
secret part of
10 aPs. 97:10,
11; 125:4 1Lit.
My shield is
upon God
12 aDeut. 32:41
14 aJob 15:35;
Is. 59:4;
[James 1:15] 15 a[Job 4:8];
Ps. 57:6
16 aEsth. 9:25;
Ps. 140:9 1The
crown of his
own head

8 The LORD shall judge the peoples; aJudge me, O LORD, baccording to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me.

9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; aFor the righteous God tests the hearts and 1minds.
10 1My defense is of God, Who saves the aupright in heart.

11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he does not turn back, He will asharpen His sword;
He bends His bow and makes it ready.
13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

14 aBehold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit and dug it out, aAnd has fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 aHis trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on 1his own crown.

17 I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.




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