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Genesis 18

   

Birth of Isaac Promised

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Genesis 18:1
  Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.
   
Genesis 18:2
  When he lifted up 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 himself to the earth,
   
Genesis 18:3
  and said, "My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not pass Your servant by.
   
Genesis 18:4
  "Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree;
   
Genesis 18:5
  and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant." And they said, "So do, as you have said."
   
Genesis 18:6
  So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes."
   
Genesis 18:7
  Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it.
   
Genesis 18:8
  He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree as they ate.
   
Genesis 18:9
  Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And he said, "There, in the tent."
   
Genesis 18:10
  He said, "I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son." And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him.
   
Genesis 18:11
  Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing.
   
Genesis 18:12
  Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"
   
Genesis 18:13
  And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?'
   
Genesis 18:14
  "Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son."
   
Genesis 18:15
  Sarah denied it however, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh."
   
Genesis 18:16
  Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off.
   
Genesis 18:17
  The LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,
   
Genesis 18:18
  since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?
   
Genesis 18:19
  "For I have 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."
   
Genesis 18:20
  And the LORD said, "The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.
   
Genesis 18:21
  "I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know."
   
Genesis 18:22
  Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD.
   
Genesis 18:23
  Abraham came near and said, "Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
   
Genesis 18:24
  "Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?
   
Genesis 18:25
  "Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay 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 deal justly?"
   
Genesis 18:26
  So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account."
   
Genesis 18:27
  And Abraham replied, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.
   
Genesis 18:28
  "Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?" And He said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there."
   
Genesis 18:29
  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."
   
Genesis 18:30
  Then 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."
   
Genesis 18:31
  And he said, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?" And He said, "I will not destroy it on account of the twenty."
   
Genesis 18:32
  Then 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."
   
Genesis 18:33
  As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.
     
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