“The Lord will provide”



This verse reassures us that God will give us what we need. The New International Version (NIV) of this verse says: “So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.’”

Previous to this verse Abraham was commanded by God to sacrifice his only son Isaac as a “burnt offering.” After God stops Abraham from sacrificing Isaac, Isaac sees a ram caught in the thicket. Abraham and Isaac realize this animal was given by God to be sacrificed in his place. Thus, Abraham declares “the Lord will provide” in the New International Version (NIV) translation. The King James Version uses the phonetic wording of “Jehovah-jireh” to describe how God provides. The root scriptural word for God, Jehovah or יְהֹוָה in Hebrew, is the same for both of these versions. It refers to the proper name of the one true God. This refers to the self-Existent or Eternal and is also the Jewish national name of God.

Earlier in this chapter, before Abraham attempts to sacrifice his son, Isaac questions his father. “[We have] fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Isaac is unaware he is to be sacrificed. Abraham replies to his son with a similar phrase: “God will provide”. But, the original word for “God” in this verse is a less-specific, Elohim or אֱלֹהִ֞ים in biblical Hebrew. This word can be applied to rulers, judges, angels, goddesses as well as God.

So the the story of Abraham and Isaac evolves from uncertainty yet abiding faith in God (Elohim) to a more definite sense of the one, eternal God (Jehovah). With Him, we need not worry about our temporal situation. For, we can have great faith that He will provide for all our needs.

To get what Genesis 22:14 means in detail, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity.

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“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”

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Genesis 22:14 Translation & Meaning

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And Abraham אַבְרָהָ֛ם Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
called וַיִּקְרָ֧א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
the name שֵֽׁם An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
of that הַה֖וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are of that
place הַמָּק֥וֹם Properly, a standing, i.e., a spot; but used widely of a locality (general or specific); also (figuratively) of a condition (of body or mind) place
Jehovah-jireh: יְהוָ֣ה׀ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Jehovahjireh
as אֲשֶׁר֙ Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc as
it is said יֵֽאָמֵ֣ר To say (used with great latitude) said
to (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
this day, הַיּ֔וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
In the mount בְּהַ֥ר A mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) mount
of the Lord יְהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
it shall be seen. יֵֽרָאֶֽה׃ To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) seen

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  • 12  And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

  • 13  And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

  • 14  And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

  • 15  And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

  • 16  And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:


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