Genesis 22:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 22:14, NIV: "So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, 'On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.'"

Genesis 22:14, ESV: "So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”"

Genesis 22:14, KJV: "And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen."

Genesis 22:14, NASB: "And Abraham named that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, 'On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.'"

Genesis 22:14, NLT: "Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means 'the LORD will provide'). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: 'On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.'"

Genesis 22:14, CSB: "And Abraham named that place The LORD Will Provide, so today it is said: "It will be provided on the LORD's mountain.""

What does Genesis 22:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham has just passed an enormously difficult test of his trust in God. Abraham obeyed God's seemingly cruel command to sacrifice his son, Isaac (Genesis 22:1–2), up to the moment where God intervenes to prevent the act from happening (Genesis 22:11–12). After commanding Abraham not to sacrifice his only son, the Lord provided a substitute sacrifice, a ram. (Genesis 22:13) Abraham commemorated the place by naming the mountain. He called it "The Lord will provide."

The phrase "to this day," is a reference to the writing of the book of Genesis. So, at least until that point, the name given to the mountain by Abraham stuck. It was the mountain of "The LORD will provide." It became a saying, apparently: "On the mountain of the LORD, it will be provided."

It was not unusual in Genesis for a name to be changed in order to mark a significant event or interaction with the Lord. Beersheba had been named for the oath that included Abraham's well (Genesis 21:31). Bela had been renamed Zoar when Lot and his daughters took refuge from God's judgment there (Genesis 19:22). And Abraham and Sarah both had been renamed by God on the day He revealed to Abraham that Isaac would soon be born (Genesis 17:5; 17:15).