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Genesis 18 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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. 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 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, 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 and said, "My Lord , if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not pass your servant by. 3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
4 "Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.
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." 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 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour , knead it and make bread cakes." 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 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. 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 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. 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 said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And he said, "There, in the tent." 9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.
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. 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 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing . 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?" 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 And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I indeed bear 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 difficult for the LORD ? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, 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 Sarah denied it however, saying, "I did not laugh "; for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh." 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."
16 Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. 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 The LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?
18 since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
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." 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 And the LORD said, "The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
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." 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 men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD . 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 Abraham came near and said, "Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
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? 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 "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?" 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 So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account." 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 And Abraham replied, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord , although I am but dust and ashes. 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 "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." 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 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." 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 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." 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 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." 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 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." 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 As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place. 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.