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
16 Then the menXCVI set outXCVII from there, and they lookedXCVIII
towardXCIX Sodom;C and Abraham wentCI with them to set them on their way.CII
17 The Lord said, “Shall I hideCIII from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 seeing that Abraham shall becomeCIV a greatCV and mightyCVI nation,CVII and all the nations of the earthCVIII shall be blessedCIX in him?
19 No, for I have chosenCX him, that he may chargeCXI his childrenCXII and his householdCXIII after him
to keepCXIV the wayCXV of the Lord by doing righteousnessCXVI and justice;CXVII so that the Lord may bringCXVIII about for Abraham what he has promisedCXIX him.”
20 Then the Lord said, “How greatCXX is the outcryCXXI against Sodom and GomorrahCXXII and how very graveCXXIII their sin!CXXIV
21 I must go downCXXV andCXXVI see whether they have done altogetherCXXVII according to the outcryCXXVIII that has comeCXXIX to me; and if not, I will know.”CXXX
22 So the men turnedCXXXI from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing beforeCXXXII the Lord. 23 Then Abraham came nearCXXXIII and said, “Will you indeed sweep awayCXXXIV the righteousCXXXV with the wicked?CXXXVI
24 Suppose there are fiftyCXXXVII righteous withinCXXXVIII the city;CXXXIX will you then sweep away the placeCXL and not forgiveCXLI it for the fifty righteous who are in it?
25 Far be itCXLII from you to do such a thing,CXLIII to slayCXLIV the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fareCXLV as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the JudgeCXLVI of all the earth do what is just?”CXLVII
26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.”CXLVIII
27 Abraham answered,CXLIX “CLLet me take it upon myselfCLI to speakCLII to the Lord,CLIII I who am but dustCLIV and ashes.CLV
28 Suppose fiveCLVI of the fifty righteous are lacking?CLVII Will you destroyCLVIII the whole city for lack of five?”
And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find fortyCLIX-five there.”
29 AgainCLX he spoke to him, “Suppose forty are found there.”
He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “Oh do notCLXI let the LordCLXII be angryCLXIII if I speak. Suppose thirtyCLXIV are found there.”
He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”
31 He said, “CLXVLet me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord.CLXVI Suppose twentyCLXVII are found there.”
He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “OhCLXVIII do not let the LordCLXIX be angry if I speak just once more.CLXX Suppose tenCLXXI are found there.”
He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” 33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finishedCLXXII speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
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