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“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.”

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Genesis 22:3 Translation & Meaning

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And Abraham אַבְרָהָ֜ם Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
rose up early וַיַּשְׁכֵּ֨ם Literally, to load up (on the back of man or beast), i.e., to start early in the morning rose up early
in the morning, בַּבֹּ֗קֶר Properly, dawn (as the break of day); generally, morning morning
and saddled וַֽיַּחֲבֹשׁ֙ To wrap firmly (especially a turban, compress, or saddle); figuratively, to stop, to rule saddled
his ass, חֲמֹר֔וֹ A male ass (from its dun red) ass
and took וַיִּקַּ֞ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) took
two שְׁנֵ֤י Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two
of his young men נְעָרָיו֙ (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age) young men
with אִתּ֔וֹ Properly, nearness (used only as a preposition or an adverb), near; hence, generally, with, by, at, among, etc with
him, and Isaac יִצְחָ֣ק Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham Isaac
his son, בְּנ֑וֹ A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
and clave וַיְבַקַּע֙ To cleave; generally, to rend, break, rip or open clave
the wood עֲצֵ֣י A tree (from its firmness); hence, wood (plural sticks) wood
for the burnt offering, עֹלָ֔ה A step or (collectively, stairs, as ascending); usually a holocaust (as going up in smoke) burnt offering
and rose up, וַיָּ֣קָם To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) rose up
and went וַיֵּ֔לֶךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) and went
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
the place הַמָּק֖וֹם 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
of which אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc of which
God הָֽאֱלֹהִֽים׃ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
had told אָֽמַר To say (used with great latitude) told
him. אָֽמַר To say (used with great latitude) him

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  • 1  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

  • 2  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

  • 3  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

  • 4  Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

  • 5  And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.


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