Genesis 18:1-11 NIV

The Three Visitors

1 The LORD appeared to Abraham1 near the great trees of Mamre2 while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent3 in the heat of the day.

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2 Abraham looked up4 and saw three men5 standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.6

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3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes,7 my lord,a do not pass your servant8 by.

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4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet9 and rest under this tree.

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5 Let me get you something to eat,10 so you can be refreshed and then go on your way--now that you have come to your servant." "Very well," they answered, "do as you say."

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6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. "Quick," he said, "get three seahsb of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread."11

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    • b 18:6 - That is, probably about 20 quarts (about 22 liters)
      7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf12 and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.

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      8 He then brought some curds13 and milk14 and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them.15 While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

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      9 "Where is your wife Sarah?"16 they asked him. "There, in the tent,17" he said.

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      10 Then the LORD c said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year,18 and Sarah your wife will have a son."19 Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.

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        • c 18:10 - Hebrew "Then he"
          11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years,20 and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.21

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