he glanced up and saw three men standing there, not far from him. As soon as he noticed them, Abraham ran from the tent entrance to greet them and bowed low to the ground.
Just then, an angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven and said, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he answered. "Don't lay your hand on the youth!" he said. "Don't do anything to him, because I've just demonstrated that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only unique one, from me." Then Abraham looked up and behind him to see a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So Abraham went over, grabbed the ram, and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. read more.
Abraham named that place, "The LORD Will Provide," as it is told this day, "On the LORD's mountain, he will provide." The angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, "I have taken an oath to swear by myself," declares the LORD, "that since you have carried this out and have not withheld your only unique son, I will certainly bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in heaven and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the gates of their enemies. Furthermore, through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed my command."
Now Abraham had grown old, was well advanced in age, and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.
But Abram replied, "Lord GOD, what can you give me since I continue to be childless, and the heir of my household is Eliezer from Damascus? Look!" Abram said, "You haven't given me any offspring, so a servant born in my house is going to be my heir." A message came from the LORD to him again: "This one will not be your heir. Instead, the child who will be born to you will be your heir." read more.
Then the LORD took him outside. "Look up at the sky and count the stars if you can!" he said. "Your descendants will be that numerous."
The LORD came to Sarah, just as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah conceived and gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age, at the very time that God had told him.
These are the family records of Shem. When Shem had lived 100 years, he fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood. Shem lived 500 years after he fathered Arpachshad and had other sons and daughters. When Arpachshad had lived 35 years, he fathered Cainan. read more.
After he fathered Cainan, Arpachshad lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters, and then died. Cainan lived 130 years and fathered Shelah. After he fathered Shelah, Cainan lived 330 years and had other sons and daughters, and then died. When Shelah had lived 30 years, he fathered Eber. After he fathered Eber, Shelah lived 403 years and had other sons and daughters. When Eber had lived 34 years, he fathered Peleg. After he fathered Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters. When Peleg had lived 30 years, he fathered Reu. After he fathered Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters. When Reu had lived 32 years, he fathered Serug. After he fathered Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters. When Serug had lived 30 years, he fathered Nahor. After he fathered Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters. When Nahor had lived 29 years, he fathered Terah. After he fathered Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters. When Terah had lived 70 years, he fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Now these are the family records of Terah: Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. Haran died during his father's lifetime in the land of his birth, that is, in Ur of the Chaldeans. Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran, who was the father of Milcah and Iscah. Sarai was barren, so she had not borne children. Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (Haran's son), and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they journeyed together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. But when they had gone as far as Haran, they settled there, where Terah died at the age of 205 years.
who fathered Noah, who fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Japheth's descendants were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. Gomer's descendants were Ashkenaz, Diphath, and Togarmah. read more.
Javan's descendants were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim. Ham's descendants were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. Cush's descendants were Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raama, and Sabteca. Raamah's descendants were Sheba and Dedan. Cush fathered Nimrod. He became the first powerful ruler on the earth. Mitzraim fathered the Ludim, the Anamim, the Lehabim, the Naphtuhim, the Pathrusim, the Casluhim (from whom the Philistines descended), and the Caphtorim. Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn, as well as Heth, and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, the Archites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. Shem's descendants were Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech. Arpachshad fathered Shelah and Shelah fathered Eber. Eber fathered two sons. The name of the one was Peleg (because the earth was divided during his lifetime) and his brother was named Joktan. Joktan fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab all of these were Joktan's descendants. In summary, Shem fathered Arpachshad, who fathered Shelah, who fathered Eber, who fathered Peleg, who fathered Reu, who fathered Serug, who fathered Nahor, who fathered Terah, who fathered Abram that is, Abraham.
the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, read more.
the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
including the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites,
Balaam also uttered this prophetic statement about the Kenites: "Your dwelling places are stable, because your nest is carved in solid rock. Nevertheless, Kain will be incinerated. How long will it take until Asshur takes you hostage?" Finally, he uttered this prophetic statement: "Ah, who can live, unless God makes it happen?
Name » To abraham
Your name is no longer to be Abram. Instead your name will be Abraham, since I'll make you the father of many nations.
Some time later, a message came from the LORD to Abram in a vision. "Stop being afraid, Abram," he said. "I myself your shield am your very great reward."