I will go into thine house with burnt-offerings, to pay thee my vows, which I promised with my lips, and spake with my mouth, when I was in trouble. I will offer unto thee fat burnt-sacrifices with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks and goats. Selah.
By faith Abraham offered up Isaac, when he was tempted, and he offered him being his only begotten son, which had received the promises:
Understand, therefore, in thine heart, that as a man nurtureth his son, even so the LORD thy God nurtureth thee.
And the same third part will I bring through the fire, and will cleanse them, as the silver is cleansed: Yea and try them, like as gold is tried. Then shall they call upon my name, and I will hear them: I will say, 'It is my people.' And they shall say, 'LORD, my God.'"
Happy is the man that endureth in temptation, for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
But when the ambassadors of the lords of Babylon were sent to him to enquire of the wonder that chanced in the land, God left him: to tempt him, that all that was in his heart might be known.
After these deeds, God did prove Abraham and said unto him, "Abraham." And he answered, "Here am I." And he said, "Take thy only son Isaac whom thou lovest, and get thee unto the land of Moria, and sacrifice him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will show thee." Then Abraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his ass, and took two of his men with him, and Isaac his son: and clove wood for the sacrifice, and rose up and got him to the place which God had appointed him. read more.
The third day Abraham lift up his eyes and saw the place afar off, and said unto his young men, "Bide here with the ass. I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again unto you." And Abraham took the wood of the sacrifice and laid it upon Isaac his son, and took fire in his hand and a knife. And they went both of them together. Then spake Isaac unto Abraham his father and said, "My father?" And he answered, "Here am I, my son." And he said, "See, here is fire and wood, but where is the sheep for sacrifice?" And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide him a sheep for sacrifice." So went they both together. And when they came unto the place which God showed him, Abraham made an altar there and dressed the wood, and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, above upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to have killed his son. Then the angel of the LORD called unto him from heaven saying, "Abraham, Abraham?" And he answered, "Here am I." And he said, "Lay not thy hands upon the child, neither do anything at all unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, in that thou hast not kept thine only son from me." And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked about: and behold, there was a ram caught by the horns in a thicket. And he went and took the ram and offered him up for a sacrifice in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, "The LORD will see." Wherefore it is a common saying this day, "In the mount will the LORD be seen."
And think on all the ways which the LORD thy God led thee this forty years in the wilderness, for to humble thee and to prove thee, to wete what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments or no.
If there arise among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and give thee a sign or a wonder - and that sign or wonder which he hath said come to pass - and then say, 'Let us go after strange gods which thou hast not known, and let us serve them': hearken not unto the words of that prophet or dreamer of dreams. For the LORD thy God tempteth you, to wete whether ye love the LORD your God with all your hearts and with all your souls.
in the which time ye shall rejoice, though now for a season - if need require - ye are in heaviness, through manifold temptations, that your faith, once tried, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto laud, glory, and honour, at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
My brethren, count it exceeding joy when ye fall into divers temptations, forasmuch as ye know how that the trying of your faith bringeth patience:
Then said the LORD unto Satan, "Hast thou not considered my servant Job, and how that he is an innocent and virtuous man: such one as feareth God, and escheweth evil, and that there is none like him in the land?" Satan answered, and said unto the LORD, "Doth Job fear God for naught? Hast thou not preserved him, his house, and all his substance on every side? Hast thou not blessed the work of his hands? Is not his possession increased in the land? read more.
But lay thine hand upon him a little, touch once all that he hath, and, I hold, he shall curse thee to thy face." And the LORD said unto Satan, "Lo, all that he hath, be in thy power: only upon himself see that thou lay not thine hand." Then went Satan forth from the LORD. Now upon a certain day when his sons and daughters were eating, and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house, there came a messenger unto Job, and said, "While the oxen were a plowing, and the asses going in the pasture beside them, the Sabeans came in violently, and took them all away: yea, they have slain thy servants with the sword, and I only ran my way, to tell thee." And while he was yet speaking, there came another, and said, "The fire of God is fallen from heaven, it hath consumed, and burnt up all thy sheep and servants: and I only ran my way, to tell thee." In the mean season while he was yet speaking, there came another, and said, "The Chaldeans made three armies, and fell upon thy camels, which they have carried away: yea, and slain thy servants with the sword, and I only am gotten away, to tell thee." While he was speaking, there came yet another, and said, "Thy sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house, and suddenly there came a mighty great wind out of the South, and smote the four corners of the house: which fell upon thy children, so that they are dead, and I alone am gotten away, to tell thee." Then Job stood up, and rent his clothes, shaved his head, fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I turn thither again. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; now blessed be the name of the LORD." In all these things did Job not offend, nor murmured foolishly against God.
Then said the LORD unto Satan, "Hast thou not considered my servant Job, how that he is an innocent and virtuous man such one as feareth God, and escheweth evil, and that there is none like him in the land? But thou movedst me against him, to punish him: yet is it in vain, for he continueth still in his godliness." Satan answered the LORD, and said, "Skin for skin? Yea, a man will give all that ever he hath, for his life. But lay thine hand upon him, touch him once upon the bone and flesh, and, I hold, he shall curse thee to thy face." read more.
Then said the LORD unto Satan, "Lo, there hast thou him in thy power, but spare his life." So went Satan forth from the LORD, and smote Job with marvelous sore boils, from the sole of the foot unto his crown; so that he sat upon the ground in the ashes, and scraped off the filth of his sores with a potsherd. Then said his wife unto him, "Dost thou yet continue in thy perfectness? Curse God, and die." But Job said unto her, "Thou speakest like a foolish woman. Seeing we have received prosperity at the hand of God, wherefore should we not be content with adversity also?" In all these things, did not Job sin with his lips.
For thou, O God, hast proved us; thou hast tried us like as silver is tried. Thou hast brought us into captivity, and laid trouble upon our loins. Thou hast suffered men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, and thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. read more.
I will go into thine house with burnt-offerings, to pay thee my vows,
and many shall be purified, cleansed and tried. But the ungodly shall live wickedly, and those wicked, as many as they be, shall have no understanding. As for such as have understanding, they shall regard it.