Genesis 18 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Later, the Lord again appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre. 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 near him. When Abraham saw them, he ran from his tent to meet them. He bowed facedown on the ground before them 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, "Sir, if you think well of me, please stay awhile with me, your servant. 3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
4 I will bring some water so all of you can wash your feet. You may rest 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 get some bread for you so you can regain your strength. Then you may continue your journey." The three men said, "That is fine. Do as you 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 Abraham hurried to the tent where Sarah was and said to her, "Hurry, prepare twenty quarts of fine flour, and make it into loaves of 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 Abraham ran to his herd and took one of his best calves. He gave it to a servant, who hurried to kill it and to prepare it for food. 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 Abraham gave the three men the calf that had been cooked and milk curds and milk. While they ate, he stood under the tree near them. 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 The men asked Abraham, "Where is your wife Sarah?" "There, in the tent," said Abraham. 9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.
10 Then the Lord said, "I will certainly return to you about this time a year from now. At that time your wife Sarah will have a son." Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent 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 Abraham and Sarah were very old. Since Sarah was past the age when women normally have children, 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
12 she laughed to herself, "My husband and I are too old to have a baby." 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 said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, 'I am too old to have a baby'? 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? No! I will return to you at the right time a year from now, 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 was afraid, so she lied and said, "I didn't laugh." But the Lord said, "No. 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 got up to leave and started out toward Sodom. Abraham walked along with them a short time 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 The Lord said, "Should I tell Abraham what I am going to do now? 17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?
18 Abraham's children will certainly become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 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 so he would command his children and his descendants to live the way the Lord wants them to, to live right and be fair. Then I, the Lord, will give Abraham what I promised 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 Then the Lord said, "I have heard many complaints against the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are very evil. 20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
21 I will go down and see if they are as bad as I have heard. 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 So the men turned and went toward Sodom, but Abraham stood there before the Lord. 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 Then Abraham approached him and asked, "Do you plan to destroy the good people along with the evil ones? 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24 What if there are fifty good people in that city? Will you still destroy it? Surely you will save the city for the fifty good people living there. 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 will not destroy the good people along with the evil ones; then they would be treated the same. You are the judge of all the earth. Won't you do what is right?" 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 said, "If I find fifty good people in the city of Sodom, I will save the whole city because of them." 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 Then Abraham said, "Though I am only dust and ashes, I have been brave to speak to the Lord. 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 What if there are only forty-five good people in the city? Will you destroy the whole city for the lack of five good people?" The Lord said, "If I find forty-five there, I will not destroy the city." 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 Again Abraham said to him, "If you find only forty good people there, will you destroy the city?" The Lord said, "If I find forty, I will not destroy it." 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 Abraham said, "Lord, please don't be angry with me, but let me ask you this. If you find only thirty good people in the city, will you destroy it?" He said, "If I find thirty good people there, I will not destroy the city." 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 Then Abraham said, "I have been brave to speak to the Lord. But what if there are twenty good people in the city?" He answered, "If I find twenty there, I will not destroy the city." 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 Abraham said, "Lord, please don't be angry with me, but let me bother you this one last time. What if you find ten there?" He said, "If I find ten there, I will not destroy it." 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 When the Lord finished speaking to Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home. 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.