Now 1the LORDappeared to him by the a2oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tentdoor in the heat of the day.
When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three3men were standingopposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tentdoor to meet them and bowed himself to the earth,
and said, "bMy Lord, ifnow I have foundfavor in Your sight, please do not cpass your servant by.
4"Please let a littlewater be brought and 4wash your feet, and drestyourselvesunder the tree;
and I will e5bring a piece of bread, that you may frefreshyourselves; after that you may go on, since you have gvisited your servant." And they said, "Sodo, as you have said."
So Abrahamhurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, "hQuickly, preparethreeimeasures of fineflour , knead it and makebreadcakes."
7Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and jchoicecalf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it.
He tookcurds and milk and the calfwhich he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the treekas they ate.
Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And he said, "There, in the tent."
He said, "6I will surelyreturn to you lat this timenextyear; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son." And Sarah was listening at the tentdoor, which was behind him.
Now 7Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was 8pastmchildbearing .
12Sarahlaughednto herself, saying, "9After I have becomeold, shall I havepleasure, my 10lordbeingold also?"
And the LORDsaid to Abraham, "Why did Sarahlaugh, saying, 'Shall I indeedobear a child, when I am so old?'
"11Is anythingtoopdifficult for the LORD? At the 12appointedtime I will return to you, qat thistimenextyear, and Sarah will have a son."
15Sarahdenied it however, saying, "I did not laugh "; for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh."
Then 13the menrose up from there, and lookeddowntowardSodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off.
1714The LORDsaid, "Shall I hide from Abraham15what I am about to do,
since Abraham will surelybecome a great and rmightynation, and in him 16all the nations of the earth will be blessed?
"For I have s17chosen him, so that he may 18command his children and his householdafter him to 19keep the way of the LORD by doingrighteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham20what He has spokenabout him."
And the LORDsaid, "21The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeedgreat, and their sin is exceedinglygrave.
"I will 22godownnow, and see if they have doneentirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know."
Then 23the menturnedaway from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was stillstandingbefore24the LORD.
23Abrahamcamenear and said, "25Will You indeedsweepaway the righteous with the wicked?
24"Supposethere are fiftyrighteouswithin the city; will You indeedsweep it away and not tspare the place for the sake of the fiftyrighteouswho are in it?
25"Far be it from You to dousuch 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 26the Judge of all the earthvdealjustly?"
So the LORDsaid, "27If I find in Sodomfiftyrighteouswithin the city, then I will wspare the wholeplace on their account."
And Abrahamreplied, "Nowbehold, I have xventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but 28dust and ashes.
28"Suppose the fiftyrighteous are lackingfive, will You destroy the wholecity because of five?" And He said, "I will not destroy it if I findforty-fivethere."
He spoke to Him yetagain and said, "Supposeforty are foundthere?" And He said, "I will not do it on account of the forty."
Then he said, "Ohmay the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; supposethirty are foundthere?" And He said, "I will not do it if I findthirtythere."
And he said, "Nowbehold, I have yventured to speak to the Lord; supposetwenty are foundthere?" And He said, "I will not destroy it on account of the twenty."
Then he said, "29Ohmay the Lord not be angry, and I shall speakonlythisonce; supposeten are foundthere?" And He said, "I will not destroy it on account of the ten."
As soon as He had finishedspeaking to Abraham30the LORDdeparted, and Abrahamreturned to his place.