The Book of Jubilees

Chapter 18

18:1 “And the Lord said to Abraham, “Abraham”. And he said to him, “Behold, O Lord, here I am.”
18:2 “And he said to him: “Take your son Isaac whom you love, and go into the high land, and take him upon one of the hills which I will show you.”
18:3 “And he arose in the morning from there and saddled his ass, and took two young men with him, and Isaac his son, and split the wood for a sacrifice, and he came to the place on the third day, and saw the place from afar.”
18:4 “And he came to a well of water, and he said to the young men: “Remain here with the asses, and I and the boy will go on and will worship, and after worshipping will return to you.”
18:5 “And he took the wood for the sacrifice and put it upon the shoulders of his son Isaac and he took in his hands the fire and the knife, and the two went together to that place.”
18:6 “And Isaac said to his father: “My father.”
18:7 “And he said to him: “Behold, here I am, my son.”
18:8 “(And he said) “Behold here is the fire, and the knife, and the wood; but where, my father, is the sheep for the sacrifice?”
18:9 “And he said: “The Lord will show me the sheep for the sacrifice, my son.”
18:10 “And he came to the place of the mountain of the Lord, and he built an altar and laid the wood upon the altar, and tied Isaac his son and placed him upon the wood over the altar, and he stretched out his hands to take the knife to sacrifice Isaac.”
18:11 “And I stood before him (God) and before the prince Mastema, and the Lord said: “Tell him not to lay his hand upon the boy and to do him no harm; for I know that he fears the Lord.”
18:12 “And the Lord called to him from heaven and said to him: “Abraham! Abraham!” and he was frightened and said: “Behold, here I am.”
18:13 “And he said to him: “Do not lay your hands upon the boy, and do him no harm, for now I know that you fear/reverence the Lord, and have not spared from me your first-born son.”
18:14 “And the prince Mastema was confounded; and Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold a ram held fast with his horns.”
18:15 “And Abraham went and took the ram and brought him as a sacrifice in the place of his son Isaac.”
18:16 “And Abraham called this place “The Lord sees”, so that it is said “The Lord saw it” for Mount Zion.”
18:17 “And the Lord called Abraham by name a second time from heaven as he had appeared to us that we should speak to him in the name of the Lord.”
18:18 “And he said: “By my head, I swear, says the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not spared from me your first-born son whom you love, therefore I will surely bless you and will surely increase your head like the stars of heaven and like the sand of the shore of the sea.”
18:19 “And your seed shall inherit the cities of their enemy, and in your seed shall be blessed all the nations of the earth [of all the nations of the earth your seed shall be blessed], for this that you have listened to my voice and have shown unto all that you are faithful unto me in all that I say to you; go in peace.”
18:20 “And Abraham went to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-Sheba, and Abraham dwelt near the well of the oath; and he celebrated this festival in all the years, seven days in joy, and called it “the festival of the Lord”, according to the seven days in which he had gone and returned in peace.”
18:21 “And thus it is, and it is engraved and written in the tablets of heaven concerning Israel and its seed to keep this festival seven days in joy.”

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