Hebrews 11:17
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English Standard Version
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,

King James Bible
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

American Standard Version
By faith Abraham, being tried, offered up Isaac: yea, he that had gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten'son ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered Isaac: and he that had received the promises, offered up his only begotten son;

English Revised Version
By faith Abraham, being tried, offered up Isaac: yea, he that had gladly received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;

Webster's Bible Translation
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only-begotten son,

Weymouth New Testament
Through faith Abraham, as soon as God put him to the test, offered up Isaac. Yes, he who had joyfully welcomed the promises was on the point of sacrificing his only son

Hebrews 11:17 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

When he was tried offered up (προσενήνοχεν πειραζόμενος)

The full sense of the statement is missed in A.V. The meaning is that while the trial is yet in progress, Abraham hath already offered up his son, before the trial has come to an issue, by the act of his obedient will, through faith in God. Comp. James 2:21.

He that had received (ὁ ἀναδεξάμενος)

The verb only here and Acts 28:7. It means to accept; to welcome and entertain. So Rev. gladly received.

Accounting (λογισάμενος)

See on 1 Peter 5:12; see on Romans 4:5; see on Romans 8:18.

From whence (ὅθεν)

Rend. wherefore: because of his faith in God's power and truthfulness. Ὃθεν, though occasionally in a local sense in N.T., as Matthew 12:44; Luke 11:24; Acts 14:26, is much more common in the logical or causal sense, wherefore, on which account. So in every other instance in Hebrews. In the local sense it would mean from the dead.

Also he received him in a figure (αὐτὸν καὶ ἐν παρασολῇ ἐκομίσατο)

Καὶ marks the receiving as answering to the faith. As Abraham believed in God's power to restore Isaac, so, because of his faith, he also received him. For ἐκομίσατο received see on Hebrews 10:36. Ἐν παραβολῆ in a parable. Since the sacrifice did not take place as a literal slaughter, there could not be a literal restoration from death. There was a real offering in Abraham's will, but not a real death of Isaac. Isaac's death took place symbolically, in the sacrifice of the ram: correspondingly, the restoration was only a symbolic restoration from the dead. Some expositors, among whom is Westcott, explain thus: Abraham accounted that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead, from which he received him at birth, in that Isaac sprung from one dead (νενεκρωμένου, Hebrews 11:12). This is extremely labored and artificial.

Hebrews 11:17 Parallel Commentaries

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faith.

Genesis 22:1-12 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said to him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am...

James 2:21-24 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar...

when.

Deuteronomy 8:2 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you...

2 Chronicles 32:31 However, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon...

Job 1:11,12 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face...

Job 2:3-6 And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man...

Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts.

Daniel 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end...

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried...

Malachi 3:2,3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap...

James 1:2-4 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations...

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord...

1 Peter 1:6,7 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations...

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you:

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come on all the world...

received.

Hebrews 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

offered.

2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not.

only.

Genesis 22:2,16 And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah...

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish...

Cross References
Genesis 22:1
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

Genesis 22:9
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

Hebrews 11:13
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

James 2:21
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?

James 2:22
You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;

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