Genesis 18:1-15 & 21:1-7
18:1 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.IX
2 He looked upX and sawXI, XII threeXIII menXIV
standingXV near him. When he saw them, he ranXVI from the tent entrance to meetXVII them and bowed downXVIII to the ground.XIX
3 He said, “My lord,XX ifXXI I findXXII favorXXIII
with you,XXIV do notXXV passXXVI by your servant.XXVII
4 Let a littleXXVIII waterXXIX be brought,XXX, XXXI
and washXXXII your feet,XXXIII and restXXXIV yourselves underXXXV the tree.XXXVI
5 Let me bring a littleXXXVII bread,XXXVIII that you may refreshXXXIX yourselves,XL
and afterXLI that you may pass on—sinceXLII you have comeXLIII to your servant.”
So they said, “XLIVDoXLV as you have said.”XLVI
6 And AbrahamXLVII hastenedXLVIII into the tent to SarahXLIX
and said, “Make ready quicklyL three measuresLI of choiceLII flour,LIII kneadLIV it, and makeLV cakes.”LVI
7 Abraham ran to the herdLVII and tookLVIII a calf,LIX
tenderLX and good,LXI and gaveLXII it to the servant,LXIII who hastened to prepareLXIV it.
8 Then he took curdsLXV and milkLXVI and the calf that he had prepared and setLXVII it
beforeLXVIII them, and he stoodLXIX by them under the tree while they ate.LXX
9 They said to him, “Where is your wifeLXXI Sarah?”
And he said, “There,LXXII in the tent.”
10 Then one said, “I will surely returnLXXIII to you in dueLXXIV season,LXXV
andLXXVI your wife Sarah shall have a son.”LXXVII And Sarah was listeningLXXVIII at the tent entrance behindLXXIX him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old,LXXX advancedLXXXI in age;LXXXII it had ceasedLXXXIII to beLXXXIV with Sarah after the mannerLXXXV of women.LXXXVI
12 So Sarah laughedLXXXVII to herself,LXXXVIII saying, “After I have grown old,LXXXIX and my husbandXC is old,XCI shall I be fruitful?”XCII
13 The LordXCIII said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeedXCIV bearXCV a child, now that I am old?’
14 Is anythingXCVI too wonderfulXCVII for the Lord?XCVIII At the set timeXCIX I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.”
15 But Sarah denied,C saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.CI
He said, “Yes,CII you did laugh.”
21:1 The LordCIII dealtCIV with Sarah as he had said, and the LordCV did for Sarah as he had promised.CVI
2 Sarah conceivedCVII and bore Abraham a son in his old age,CVIII at the timeCIX of which GodCX had spokenCXI to him.
3 Abraham gaveCXII the nameCXIII IsaacCXIV to his sonCXV whom Sarah bore him.
4 And Abraham circumcisedCXVI his son Isaac when he was eightCXVII days old,CXVIII as God had commandedCXIX him. 5 Abraham was a hundredCXX yearsCXXI old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 Now Sarah said, “God has broughtCXXII laughterCXXIII for me; everyoneCXXIV who hearsCXXV will laugh with me.”
7 And she said, “Who would ever have saidCXXVI to Abraham that Sarah would nurseCXXVII children?CXXVIII Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Image credit: “the face” by Emilia Tjernström, 2007.