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Hebrews 11:17-19

11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, 1  yet he was ready to offer up 2  his only son. 11:18 God had told him, “Through Isaac descendants will carry on your name,” 3  11:19 and he reasoned 4  that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense 5  he received him back from there.

1 tn Here “received the promises” refers to the pledges themselves, not to the things God promised.

2 tn Grk “he was offering up.” The tense of this verb indicates the attempt or readiness to sacrifice Isaac without the actual completion of the deed.

3 tn Grk “in Isaac seed will be named for you.”

sn A quotation from Gen 21:12.

4 tn Grk “having reasoned,” continuing the ideas of v. 17.

5 tn Grk “in/by a symbol.”

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