Genesis 18:15
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New International Version
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."

New Living Translation
Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, "I didn't laugh." But the LORD said, "No, you did laugh."

English Standard Version
But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

New American Standard Bible
Sarah denied it however, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh."

King James Bible
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sarah denied it. "I did not laugh," she said, because she was afraid. But He replied, "No, you did laugh."

International Standard Version
But Sarah denied it. "I didn't laugh," she claimed, because she was afraid. The LORD replied, "No! You did laugh!"

NET Bible
Then Sarah lied, saying, "I did not laugh," because she was afraid. But the LORD said, "No! You did laugh."

New Heart English Bible
Then Sarah denied, saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. He said, "No, but you did laugh."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because she was afraid, Sarah denied that she had laughed. But the LORD said, "Yes, you did laugh."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then Sarah denied, saying: 'I laughed not'; for she was afraid. And He said: 'Nay; but thou didst laugh.'

New American Standard 1977
Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, No, but thou didst laugh.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but you did laugh.

American King James Version
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, No; but you did laugh.

American Standard Version
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sara denied, saying: I did not laugh: for she was afraid. But the Lord said, Nay: but thou didst laugh:

Darby Bible Translation
And Sarah denied, saying, I did not laugh; for she was afraid. And he said, No; but thou didst laugh.

English Revised Version
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

World English Bible
Then Sarah denied, saying, "I didn't laugh," for she was afraid. He said, "No, but you did laugh."

Young's Literal Translation
And Sarah denieth, saying, 'I did not laugh;' for she hath been afraid; and He saith, 'Nay, but thou didst laugh.'
Study Bible
Sarah Laughs at the Promise
14"Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son." 15Sarah denied it however, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh." 16Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:14
"Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son."

Genesis 18:16
Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, No; but you did laugh.

denied.

Genesis 4:9 And the LORD said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, …

Genesis 12:13 Say, I pray you, you are my sister: that it may be well with me for …

Job 2:10 But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. …

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses …

John 18:17,25-27 Then said the damsel that kept the door to Peter, Are not you also …

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man …

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Nay.

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue …

Mark 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned …

John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

(15) Sarah denied.--With strange inconsistency Sarah knows that the speaker is Divine, and that He perceived the thoughts that passed "within herself" in the retirement of the tent, and yet denies; but it was the inconsistency of fright. Struck with terror at the thought that she had ridiculed the promise of Jehovah, she offers no excuse, but takes refuge, as frightened people are apt to do, in falsehood. Gently reproved, the result was the building-up of her faith, just as Mary's doubt was removed and her faith perfected by the angel's words (Luke 1:34-37).

Verse 15. - Then Sarah (who had overheard the conversation, and the charge preferred against her, and who probably now appeared before the stranger) denied, saying, I laughed not. Sarah s conduct will admit of no other explanation than that which the sacred narrative itself gives. For she was afraid. The knowledge that her secret thoughts had been deciphered must have kindled in her breast the suspicion that her visitor was none other than Jehovah. With this a sense of guilt would immediately assail her conscience for having cherished even a moment any doubt of the Divine word. In the consequent confusion of soul she tries what ever seems to be the first impulse of detected transgressions, viz., deception (cf. Genesis 3:12, 13). And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh. With a directness similar to that which he employed in dealing with the first culprits in the garden, not contending in a multiplicity of words, but solemnly announcing that what she said was false. The silence of Sarah was an evidence of her conviction; her subsequent conception was a proof of her repentance and forgiveness.

CHAPTER 18:16-22 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not,.... Some render the words, "Sarah lied" (z); and indeed it was no other than a lie, to say she did not laugh when she did; which she might be tempted to say in her confusion, partly because the back of the speaker was to her, and he could not see her, and partly because it was inward, and very little at least discoverable in her countenance:

for she was afraid; of the reproof of her husband; and of the charge of ill manners to a stranger; and especially as she had reason to believe that it was the Lord himself that had spoken these words, and therefore could gladly have excused herself, and wiped off the reproach:

and he said, nay, but thou didst laugh; it is not true what thou sayest, for thou didst certainly laugh; this he knew, being the omniscient God, notwithstanding, as he appeared as a man, his back was to her, and though her laughter was more internal than external.

(z) "mentita est", Drusius. 18:9-15 Where is Sarah thy wife? was asked. Note the answer, In the tent. Just at hand, in her proper place, occupied in her household concerns. There is nothing got by gadding. Those are most likely to receive comfort from God and his promises, who are in their proper place, and in the way of their duty, Lu 2:8. We are slow of heart to believe, and need line upon line to the same purport. The blessings others have from common providence, believers have from the Divine promise, which makes them very sweet, and very sure. The spiritual seed of Abraham owe their life, and joy, and hope, and all, to the promise. Sarah thinks this too good news to be true; she laughed, and therefore cannot as yet find in her heart to believe it. Sarah laughed. We might not have thought there was a difference between Sarah's laughter and Abraham's, ch. 17:17; but He who searches the heart, saw that the one sprung from unbelief, and the other from faith. She denied that she had laughed. One sin commonly brings in another, and it is not likely we shall strictly keep to truth, when we question the Divine truth. But whom the Lord loves he will rebuke, convict, silence, and bring to repentance, and if they sin before him.
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