And the LORDappeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tentdoor in the heat of the day;2
And he lift up his eyes and looked , and, lo, threemenstood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tentdoor, and bowed himself toward the ground,3
And said , My Lord, if now I have foundfavour in thy sight, pass not away , I pray thee, from thy servant:4
Let a littlewater, I pray you, be fetched , and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:5
And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on : for therefore are ye cometo your servant. And they said , So do , as thou hast said .
And Abrahamhastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said , Make ready quicklythreemeasures of finemeal,knead it, and makecakes upon the hearth .
And Abrahamran unto the herd, and fetcht a calftender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
And he tookbutter, and milk, and the calfwhich he had dressed , and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat .
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said , Behold, in the tent.10
And he said , I will certainlyreturn unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarahheard it in the tentdoor, which was behind him.11
Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.12
Therefore Sarahlaughed within herself,saying , After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also ?
And the LORDsaid unto Abraham,Wherefore did Sarahlaugh , saying , Shall I of a suretybear a child, which am old ?
14Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.15
Then Sarahdenied , saying , I laughed not; for she was afraid . And he said , Nay; but thou didst laugh .
And the men rose up from thence, and lookedtowardSodom: and Abrahamwent with them to bring them on the way .
And the LORDsaid , Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do ;
Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mightynation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to dojustice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
And the LORDsaid , Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is verygrievous ;
I will go down now, and see whether they have donealtogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know .
And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abrahamstoodyetbefore the LORD.23
And Abraham drew near , and said , Wilt thou also destroy the righteouswith the wicked?24
Peradventure there befiftyrighteouswithin the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the placefor the fiftyrighteous that are therein?25
That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earthdoright?26
And the LORDsaid , If I find in Sodomfiftyrighteouswithin the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
And Abrahamanswered and said , Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord,which am but dust and ashes:28
Peradventure there shall lackfive of the fiftyrighteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said , If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
And he spake unto him yet again , and said , Peradventure there shall be fortyfound there. And he said , I will not do it for forty's sake.
And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry , and I will speak : Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said , I will not do it, if I findthirty there.
And he said , Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twentyfound there. And he said , I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
And he said , Oh let not the Lord be angry , and I will speakyet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said , I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
And the LORD went his way , as soon as he had leftcommuning with Abraham: and Abrahamreturned unto his place.