Genesis 22:16
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New International Version
and said, "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,

New Living Translation
"This is what the LORD says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that

English Standard Version
and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,

New American Standard Bible
and said, "By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,

King James Bible
And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and said, "By Myself I have sworn," this is the LORD's declaration: "Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son,

International Standard Version
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,

NET Bible
and said, "'I solemnly swear by my own name,' decrees the LORD, 'that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,

New Heart English Bible
and said, "I have sworn by myself, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and said, "I am taking an oath on my own name, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not refused to give me your son, your only son,

JPS Tanakh 1917
and said: 'By Myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son,

New American Standard 1977
and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and said, By myself I have sworn, said the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son;

King James 2000 Bible
And said, By myself have I sworn, says the LORD, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son:

American King James Version
And said, By myself have I sworn, said the LORD, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son:

American Standard Version
and said, By myself have I sworn, saith Jehovah, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son,

Douay-Rheims Bible
By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord: because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake:

Darby Bible Translation
and said, By myself I swear, saith Jehovah, that, because thou hast done this, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son],

English Revised Version
and said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

Webster's Bible Translation
And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thy only son:

World English Bible
and said, "I have sworn by myself, says Yahweh, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son,

Young's Literal Translation
and saith, 'By Myself I have sworn -- the affirmation of Jehovah -- that because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only one --
Study Bible
The Sacrifice Averted
15Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16and said, "By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.…
Cross References
Luke 1:73
the oath He swore to our father Abraham, to grant us

Hebrews 6:13
When God made His promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself,

Hebrews 6:14
saying, "I will surely bless you and multiply your descendants."

Genesis 22:2
He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."

Genesis 22:12
He said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

Genesis 22:15
Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven,

Genesis 26:3
"Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.

Genesis 26:5
because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws."

Exodus 2:24
So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Exodus 17:16
and he said, "The LORD has sworn; the LORD will have war against Amalek from generation to generation."
Treasury of Scripture

And said, By myself have I sworn, said the LORD, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son:

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Psalm 105:9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac;

Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, …

Jeremiah 49:13 For I have sworn by myself, said the LORD, that Bozrah shall become …

Jeremiah 51:14 The LORD of hosts has sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill …

Amos 6:8 The Lord GOD has sworn by himself, said the LORD the God of hosts, …

Luke 1:73 The oath which he swore to our father Abraham,

Romans 4:13,14 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not …

Hebrews 6:13,14 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no …

(16) By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord (Jehovah).--This solemn interposition of an oath (Hebrews 6:17), of which the present is the sole instance in Holy Scripture, plainly indicates that this trial of Abraham's faith was of no common kind, and that its typical teaching is of no ordinary value. Abraham might have appealed to God's own attributes, and said, Far be it from thee, Lord, to command a human sacrifice, and bid a father slay his son. He might have pleaded the promises bound up with Isaac's life. But no, as soon as he is convinced that the command comes from God. he obeys, and, against hope, still believes that the promises will all be fulfilled in the sacrificed Isaac. He is thus the highest and most perfect example of faith, and by his offering of his son the Church received the assurance that the Son of God incarnate in the flesh would upon that very mountain offer the sacrifice Divinely necessary for the pardon of man's sins.

The blessing now given to Abraham differs from those that precede it in three particulars. First, it is no longer a promise, but a solemn compact ratified by an oath. Next, it assures Abraham's seed of victory, whereby the spiritual Israel is certified of the ultimate triumph of the Gospel. Lastly, it transfers to Abraham's offspring the promise of being the means of blessedness to all mankind.

And said, by myself have I sworn, saith the Lord,.... Which Aben Ezra observes is a great oath, and abides for ever; for because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself, his own nature, perfections, and life, Hebrews 6:13; hence it appears, that the Angel that called to Abraham was a divine Person, the true Jehovah:

for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son,

thine only son; that is, from the Lord, as in Genesis 22:12; and is here repeated as being a most marvellous thing, a wonderful instance of faith in God, and fear of him, and of love and obedience to him; for, with respect to the will of Abraham, and as far as he was suffered to go, it was as much done as it was possible for him to do, and was looked upon as if actually done: yet this is not observed as meritorious of what follows; the promise of which had been made before, but is now repeated to show what notice God took of, and how well pleased he was with what had been done; and therefore renews the promise, which of his own grace and good will he had made, for the strengthening of Abraham's faith, and to encourage others to obey the Lord in whatsoever he commands them. 22:15-19 There are high declarations of God's favour to Abraham in this confirmation of the covenant with him, exceeding any he had yet been blessed with. Those that are willing to part with any thing for God, shall have it made up to them with unspeakable advantage. The promise, ver. 18, doubtless points at the Messiah, and the grace of the gospel. Hereby we know the loving-kindness of God our Saviour towards sinful man, in that he hath not withheld his Son, his only Son, from us. Hereby we perceive the love of Christ, in that he gave himself a sacrifice for our sins. Yet he lives, and calls to sinners to come to him, and partake of his blood-bought salvation. He calls to his redeemed people to rejoice in him, and to glorify him. What then shall we render for all his benefits? Let his love constrain us to live not to ourselves, but to Him who died for us, and rose again. Admiring and adoring His grace, let us devote our all to his service, who laid down his life for our salvation. Whatever is dearest to us upon earth is our Isaac. And the only way for us to find comfort in an earthly thing, is to give it by faith into the hands of God. Yet remember that Abraham was not justified by his readiness to obey, but by the infinitely more noble obedience of Jesus Christ; his faith receiving this, relying on this, rejoicing in this, disposed and made him able for such wonderful self-denial and duty.
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