Genesis 18 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Lord appeared to Abraham at the sacred trees of Mamre. As Abraham was sitting at the entrance of his tent during the hottest part of the day, 1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.
2 he looked up and saw three men standing there. As soon as he saw them, he ran out to meet them. Bowing down with his face touching the ground, 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
3 he said, "Sirs, please do not pass by my home without stopping; I am here to serve you. 3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
4 Let me bring some water for you to wash your feet; you can rest here beneath this tree. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.
5 I will also bring a bit of food; it will give you strength to continue your journey. You have honored me by coming to my home, so let me serve you." They replied, "Thank you; we accept." 5 Let me get you something to eat, 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."
6 Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, "Quick, take a sack of your best flour, and bake some bread." 6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. "Quick," he said, "get three seahs of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread."
7 Then he ran to the herd and picked out a calf that was tender and fat, and gave it to a servant, who hurried to get it ready. 7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.
8 He took some cream, some milk, and the meat, and set the food before the men. There under the tree he served them himself, and they ate. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
9 Then they asked him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" "She is there in the tent," he answered. 9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.
10 One of them said, "Nine months from now I will come back, and your wife Sarah will have a son." Sarah was behind him, at the door of the tent, listening. 10 Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.
11 Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah had stopped having her monthly periods. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
12 So Sarah laughed to herself and said, "Now that I am old and worn out, can I still enjoy sex? And besides, my husband is old too." 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?"
13 Then the Lord asked Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, "Can I really have a child when I am so old?' 13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?'
14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? As I said, nine months from now I will return, and Sarah will have a son." 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
15 Because Sarah was afraid, she denied it. "I didn't laugh," she said. "Yes, you did," he replied. "You laughed." 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."
16 Then the men left and went to a place where they could look down at Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on their way. 16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way.
17 And the Lord said to himself, "I will not hide from Abraham what I am going to do. 17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?
18 His descendants will become a great and mighty nation, and through him I will bless all the nations. 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
19 I have chosen him in order that he may command his sons and his descendants to obey me and to do what is right and just. If they do, I will do everything for him that I have promised." 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."
20 Then the Lord said to Abraham, "There are terrible accusations against Sodom and Gomorrah, and their sin is very great. 20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
21 I must go down to find out whether or not the accusations which I have heard are true." 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
22 Then the two men left and went on toward Sodom, but the Lord remained with Abraham. 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 Abraham approached the Lord and asked, "Are you really going to destroy the innocent with the guilty? 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24 If there are fifty innocent people in the city, will you destroy the whole city? Won't you spare it in order to save the fifty? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?
25 Surely you won't kill the innocent with the guilty. That's impossible! You can't do that. If you did, the innocent would be punished along with the guilty. That is impossible. The judge of all the earth has to act justly." 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
26 The Lord answered, "If I find fifty innocent people in Sodom, I will spare the whole city for their sake." 26 The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."
27 Abraham spoke again: "Please forgive my boldness in continuing to speak to you, Lord. I am only a man and have no right to say anything. 27 Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,
28 But perhaps there will be only forty-five innocent people instead of fifty. Will you destroy the whole city because there are five too few?" The Lord answered, "I will not destroy the city if I find forty-five innocent people." 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?" "If I find forty-five there," he said, "I will not destroy it."
29 Abraham spoke again: "Perhaps there will be only forty." He replied, "I will not destroy it if there are forty." 29 Once again he spoke to him, "What if only forty are found there?" He said, "For the sake of forty, I will not do it."
30 Abraham said, "Please don't be angry, Lord, but I must speak again. What if there are only thirty?" He said, "I will not do it if I find thirty." 30 Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?" He answered, "I will not do it if I find thirty there."
31 Abraham said, "Please forgive my boldness in continuing to speak to you, Lord. Suppose that only twenty are found?" He said, "I will not destroy the city if I find twenty." 31 Abraham said, "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?" He said, "For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it."
32 Abraham said, "Please don't be angry, Lord, and I will speak only once more. What if only ten are found?" He said, "I will not destroy it if there are ten." 32 Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?" He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it."
33 After he had finished speaking with Abraham, the Lord went away, and Abraham returned home. 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.