Genesis 18:9
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New International Version
"Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.

New Living Translation
"Where is Sarah, your wife?" the visitors asked. "She's inside the tent," Abraham replied.

English Standard Version
They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.”

Berean Study Bible
“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked. “There, in the tent,” he replied.

New American Standard Bible
Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And he said, "There, in the tent."

King James Bible
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

Christian Standard Bible
"Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he answered.

Contemporary English Version
and they asked, "Where's your wife Sarah?" "She is right there in the tent," Abraham answered.

Good News Translation
Then they asked him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" "She is there in the tent," he answered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him." There, in the tent," he answered.

International Standard Version
The men asked him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" "There, in the tent," he replied.

NET Bible
Then they asked him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" He replied, "There, in the tent."

New Heart English Bible
They said to him, "Where is Sarah, your wife? He said, "See, in the tent."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They asked him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" He answered, "Over there, in the tent."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they said unto him: 'Where is Sarah thy wife?' And he said: 'Behold, in the tent.'

New American Standard 1977
Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “Behold, in the tent.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Here, in the tent.

King James 2000 Bible
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

American King James Version
And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

American Standard Version
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they had eaten, they said to him: Where is Sara thy wife? He answered: Lo, she is in the tent.

Darby Bible Translation
And they said to him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

English Revised Version
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said to him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

World English Bible
They asked him, "Where is Sarah, your wife?" He said, "See, in the tent."

Young's Literal Translation
And they say unto him, 'Where is Sarah thy wife?' and he saith, 'Lo -- in the tent;'
Study Bible
Sarah Laughs at the Promise
9“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked. “There, in the tent,” he replied. 10Then the LORD said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year, and your wife Sarah will have a son!” Now Sarah was behind him, listening at the entrance to the tent.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:9
By faith he dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

Genesis 3:9
So the LORD God called out to the man, "Where are you?"

Genesis 18:8
Then Abraham brought curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and he set them before the men and stood by them under the tree as they ate.

Genesis 18:10
Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you at this time next year, and your wife Sarah will have a son!" Now Sarah was behind him, listening at the entrance to the tent.

Treasury of Scripture

And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

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Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, …

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(9) They said.--But in Genesis 18:10 "he said," and in Genesis 18:13; Genesis 18:17; Genesis 18:20, &c, "the Lord (Jehovah) said." The messenger speaks as one with Jehovah, or as being His representative.

Where is Sarah thy wife?--This question is contrary to Oriental manners, as the women may be referred to only in the most indirect manner. But during the meal Abraham, as he talked with the strangers, had probably begun to recognise in them something more than human.

Verse 9. - And they said unto him (i.e. the Principal One of the three, speaking for the others, interrogated Abraham during the progress, or perhaps at the close of, the meal saying), Where is Sarah thy wife? (thus indicating that their visit had a special reference to her). And he said, Behold, in the tent. It is obvious that if at first Abraham regarded his visitors only as men, by this time a suspicion of their true character must have begun to dawn upon his mind. How should ordinary travelers be aware of his wife s name? and why should they do so unusual a thing, according to Oriental manners, as to inquire after her? If thus far their behavior could not fail to surprise the patriarch, what must have been his astonishment at the subsequent communication? And they said unto him, where is Sarah thy wife?.... One of them put the question; and so the Septuagint version renders it, "and he said unto him", the principal of them, whom Abraham at first addressed and called him "my Lord", and was no other than the Son of God in an human form; and various things in the context show him to be a divine Person, particularly his promise of return next year, and Sarah should have a son: and the question here put by him was not out of ignorance, for he who knew the name of Abraham's wife, knew where she was; but this was asked in order to lead on to say something more concerning her, and that, hearing her name, she might draw nearer and listen to what was said of her:

and he said, behold, in the tent; for in those times they dwelt in tents, and this was either the tent common to the family, or rather was Sarah's own tent, Genesis 24:67; Sarah was where she should be, in her own apartment, attending to the business of her family, and answered to the description the apostle gives of a good housewife, a keeper at home, Titus 2:5; Ge 18:9-15. Reproof of Sarah. An inquiry about his wife, so surprising in strangers, the subject of conversation, and the fulfilment of the fondly cherished promise within a specified time, showed Abraham that he had been entertaining more than ordinary travellers (Heb 13:2).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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