1 The LordA appeared to Abraham by the oaksB of Mamre,C as he sat at the entranceD of his tentE in the heatF of the day.
2 He looked upG and sawH three menI standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed downJ to the ground.
3 He said, “My lord,K ifL I findM favorN with you, do notO passP by your servant.Q
4 LetR a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and restS yourselves under the tree.T 5 Let me bring a little bread,U that you may refreshV yourselves,W and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.”
So they said, “Do as you have said.”
6 And AbrahamX hastenedY into the tent to Sarah,Z and said, “Make ready quicklyAA three measuresBB of choice flour,CC knead it, and make cakes.”
7 Abraham ran to the herd,DD and took a calf, tender and good,EE and gave it to the servant,FF who hastened to prepare it.
8 Then he took curds and milkGG and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them;HH and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
9 They said to him, “Where is your wifeII Sarah?”
And he said, “There,JJ in the tent.”
10 Then one said, “I will surely returnKK to you in due season,LL andMM your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listeningNN at the tent entrance behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old,OO advanced in age; it had ceasedPP to be with Sarah after the mannerQQ of women.
12 So Sarah laughedRR to herself,SS saying, “After I have grown old,TT and my husbandUU is old,VV shall I have pleasure?”WW
13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeedXX bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anythingYY too wonderfulZZ for the Lord? At the set timeAAA I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.”
15 But Sarah denied,BBB saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid.CCC
He said, “Oh yes,DDD you did laugh.”
Image credit: “Sarah and Abraham Offer Hospitality to the Visitors” from approximately 526 to 547 – mosaic in Ravenna, Italy.