Genesis 18
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Birth of Isaac Promised

1Now the LORD appeared to [a]Abraham by the [b]oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. 2When he raised his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed down to the ground, 3and said, “[c]My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not [d]pass Your servant by. 4Please let a little water be brought and wash [e]your feet, and make yourselves comfortable under the tree; 5and I will [f]bring a piece of bread, so that you may [g]refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have [h]visited your servant.” And they said, “So do as you have said.” 6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “[i]Quickly, prepare three [j]measures of fine flour, knead it, and make bread cakes.” 7Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and [k]choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it. 8He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree [l]as they ate.

9Then they said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10He said, “I will certainly return to you [m]at this time next year; and behold, your wife Sarah will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past [n]childbearing. 12So Sarah laughed [o]to herself, saying, “After I have become old, am I to have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13But the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I actually give birth to a child, when I am so old?’ 14Is anything too [p]difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, [q]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. 17The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18since Abraham will certainly become a great and [r]mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? 19For I have [s]chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” 20And the LORD said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21I will go down now and see whether they have done entirely as the outcry, which has come to Me indicates; and if not, I will know.”

Abraham Appeals for Sodom

22Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD. 23Abraham approached and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24Suppose there are fifty righteous people within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not [t]spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25Far be it from You to do [u]such a thing, to kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth [v]deal justly?” 26So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will [w]spare the entire place on their account.” 27And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have [x]ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am only dust and ashes. 28Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the entire city because of five?” And He said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” 29And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose forty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it on account of the forty.” 30Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 31And he said, “Now behold, I have [y]ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the twenty.” 32Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once: suppose ten are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.” 33As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.

[a] 1 Lit him
[b] 1 Or terebinths
[c] 3 Or O Lord
[d] 3 Lit pass away from Your servant
[e] 4 I.e., referring to the three visitors
[f] 5 Lit take
[g] 5 Lit sustain your heart
[h] 5 Lit come to
[i] 6 Lit Hasten three measures
[j] 6 Heb seah; one seah is about 7 qt. or 7.7 liters
[k] 7 Lit good
[l] 8 Lit and
[m] 10 Lit when the time revives
[n] 11 Lit the way of women
[o] 12 Lit within
[p] 14 Or wonderful
[q] 14 Lit when the time revives
[r] 18 Or populous
[s] 19 Lit known
[t] 24 Or forgive
[u] 25 Lit like this thing
[v] 25 Lit do justice
[w] 26 Or forgive
[x] 27 Or resolved
[y] 31 Or resolved

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