1 The LordI appearedII to Abraham by the oaksIII of Mamre,IV
as he satV at the entranceVI of his tentVII in the heatVIII of the day.
2 He looked upIX and sawX, XI threeXII menXIII standingXIV near him.
When he saw them, he ranXV from the tent entrance to meetXVI them, and bowed downXVII to the ground.XVIII
3 He said, “My lord,XIX ifXX I findXXI favorXXII with you,XXIII
do notXXIV passXXV by your servant.XXVI
4 LetXXVII a littleXXVIII waterXXIX be brought,XXX
and washXXXI your feet,XXXII and restXXXIII yourselves under the tree.XXXIV
5 Let me bring a littleXXXV bread,XXXVI that you may refreshXXXVII yourselves,XXXVIII
and after that you may pass on—since you have comeXXXIX to your servant.”
So they said, “DoXL as you have said.”XLI
6 And AbrahamXLII hastenedXLIII into the tent to Sarah,XLIV and said,
“Make ready quicklyXLV three measuresXLVI of choiceXLVII flour,XLVIII knead it, and makeXLIX cakes.”L
7 Abraham ran to the herd,LI and tookLII a calf,LIII tenderLIV and good,LV
and gaveLVI it to the servant,LVII who hastened to prepareLVIII it.
8 Then he took curdsLIX and milkLX and the calfLXI that he had prepared,
and setLXII it beforeLXIII them; and he stoodLXIV by them under the tree while they ate.LXV
9 They said to him, “Where is your wifeLXVI Sarah?”
And he said, “There,LXVII in the tent.”
10 Then one said, “I will surely returnLXVIII to you in dueLXIX season,LXX andLXXI your wife Sarah shall have a son.”LXXII And Sarah was listeningLXXIII at the tent entrance behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old,LXXIV advancedLXXV in age;LXXVI it had ceasedLXXVII to beLXXVIII with Sarah after the mannerLXXIX of women.LXXX
12 So Sarah laughedLXXXI toLXXXII herself, saying, “After I have grown old,LXXXIII and my husbandLXXXIV is old,LXXXV shall I haveLXXXVI pleasure?”LXXXVII
13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeedLXXXVIII bearLXXXIX a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anythingXC too wonderfulXCI for the Lord? At the set timeXCII I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.”
15 But Sarah denied,XCIII saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid.XCIV
He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”XCV
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