Genesis 18:15
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.”

Berean Study Bible
But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh.” For she was afraid. “No,” replied the LORD, “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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Sarah was so frightened that she lied and said, "I didn't laugh." "Yes, you did!" he answered.

Good News Translation
Because Sarah was afraid, she denied it. "I didn't laugh," she said. "Yes, you did," he replied. "You laughed."

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But Sarrha denied, saying, I did not laugh, for she was afraid. And he said to her, 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
14Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you—in about a year—and Sarah will have a son.” 15But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh.” For she was afraid. “No,” replied the LORD, “but you did laugh.”
Cross References
Genesis 18:14
Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you--in about a year--and Sarah will have a son."

Genesis 18:16
When the men got up to leave they looked out over Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see 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 unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

Genesis 12:13
Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

Job 2:10
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

Nay.

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

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

Mark 2:8
And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?







Lexicon
But Sarah
שָׂרָ֧ה ׀ (śā·rāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8283: Sarah -- 'princess', a wife of Abraham

denied it,
וַתְּכַחֵ֨שׁ (wat·tə·ḵa·ḥêš)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3584: To disappoint, deceive, fail, grow lean

saying,
לֵאמֹ֛ר (lê·mōr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“I did not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

laugh.”
צָחַ֖קְתִּי (ṣā·ḥaq·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6711: To laugh outright, to sport

For
כִּ֣י ׀ (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

she was afraid.
יָרֵ֑אָה (yā·rê·’āh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

“No,”
לֹ֖א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

replied [the LORD],
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר ׀ (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“but you did
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

laugh.”
צָחָֽקְתְּ׃ (ṣā·ḥā·qət)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6711: To laugh outright, to sport
(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 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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