“God will provide”



In this verse Abraham is preparing to sacrifice his only son Isaac to God. Isaac is unaware he is to be sacrificed. He asks his father: “[we have] fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Isaac is thinking they will sacrifice a lamb. This verse is Abraham's reply to his son.

The original word for “God” in this verse is elohim or אֱלֹהִ֞ים in biblical Hebrew. This word can be applied to rulers, judges, angels, goddesses as well as God.

Later in this chapter, after God stops Abraham from sacrificing Isaac, A similar phrase is used. In Genesis 22:14 it says, “the Lord will provide” in the New International Version (NIV) translation. The King James Version uses the phonetic wording of “Jehovah-jireh”. The root scriptural word for God in both of these versions is Jehovah or יְהֹוָה in biblical Hebrew which is the proper name of the one true God. This is a more specific form of the word God. It refers to the self-Existent or Eternal and is also the Jewish national name of God. So the story develops into a sense of greater clarity and resolution from beginning to end.

To get what Genesis 22:8 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 said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”

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Genesis 22:8 Translation & Meaning

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And Abraham אַבְרָהָ֔ם Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
said, וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ To say (used with great latitude) said
My son, בְּנִ֑י 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
God אֱלֹהִ֞ים 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
will provide יִרְאֶה To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) provide
himself a lamb הַשֶּׂ֛ה A member of a flock, i.e., a sheep or goat himself lamb
for a burnt offering: לְעֹלָ֖ה A step or (collectively, stairs, as ascending); usually a holocaust (as going up in smoke) burnt offering
so they went וַיֵּֽלְכ֥וּ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) so they went
both שְׁנֵיהֶ֖ם Two; also (as ordinal) twofold both
of them together. יַחְדָּֽו׃ Properly, a unit, i.e., (adverb) unitedly together

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  • 6  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

  • 7  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

  • 8  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

  • 9  And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

  • 10  And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.


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