Genesis 22:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 22:7, NIV: "Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, 'Father?' 'Yes, my son?' Abraham replied. 'The fire and wood are here,' Isaac said, 'but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?'"

Genesis 22:7, ESV: "And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”"

Genesis 22:7, KJV: "And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"

Genesis 22:7, NASB: "Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, 'My father!' And he said, 'Here I am, my son.' And he said, 'Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?'"

Genesis 22:7, NLT: "Isaac turned to Abraham and said, 'Father?' 'Yes, my son?' Abraham replied. 'We have the fire and the wood,' the boy said, 'but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?'"

Genesis 22:7, CSB: "Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, "My father." And he replied, "Here I am, my son." Isaac said, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?""

What does Genesis 22:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abraham and Isaac walk along together, climbing toward the spot where the sacrifice and burnt offering will take place. Isaac is carrying the wood. Abraham carries the flame and the knife. Only Abraham, at this point, knows that God has issued a command for Isaac to be sacrificed on this mountain (Genesis 22:1–2). Abraham's willingness to obey, despite such a dire request, is based on his trust in God. Over and over, Abraham has seen God turn seemingly impossible situations into proof of His righteousness. So, Abraham obeys God out of well-established trust, not blind faith.

Finally, Isaac says, "My father." Abraham responds as he did when God said "Abraham" at the beginning of this chapter: "Here I am." He calls Isaac "my son." Isaac asks a logical question: Where is the lamb? He clearly does not yet understand that he is to be the sacrifice.

Abraham's response in the following verse will not fully explain this to Isaac, either. Interestingly, though, Isaac will cooperate with Abraham even when he is bound on the altar. A boy strong enough to carry firewood up a mountain would not have been overpowered by a man well over 100 years old. Isaac's upcoming participation demonstrates his own trust. This cooperation foreshadows the willing sacrifice of Christ some two thousand years later (John 10:17–18).