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Genesis 18 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD appeared again to Abraham while he was camped near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day about noon, as Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent, 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 suddenly noticed three men standing nearby. He got up and ran to meet them, welcoming them by bowing low to 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 "My lord," he said, "if it pleases you, stop here for a while. 3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
4 Rest in the shade of this tree while my servants get some water to wash your feet. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.
5 Let me prepare some food to refresh you. Please stay awhile before continuing on your journey." "All right," they said. "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 ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, "Quick! Get three measures 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 Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a fat calf and told a servant to hurry and butcher 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 When the food was ready, he took some cheese curds and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them there beneath the trees. 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 "Where is Sarah, your wife?" they asked him."In the tent," Abraham replied. 9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.
10 Then one of them said, "About this time next year I will return, and your wife Sarah will have a son."Now Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent nearby. 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 And since Abraham and Sarah were both very old, and Sarah was long past the age of having children, 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
12 she laughed silently to herself. "How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby?" she thought. "And when my master -- my husband -- is also so old?" 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, 'Can an old woman like me 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? About a year from now, just as I told you, 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 Sarah was afraid, so she denied that she had laughed. But he said, "That is not true. 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 from their meal and started on toward Sodom. Abraham went with them part of the 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 "Should I hide my plan from Abraham?" the LORD asked. 17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?
18 "For Abraham will become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the 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 singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD and do what is right and just. Then I will do for him all 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 So the LORD told Abraham, "I have heard that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are extremely evil, and that everything they do is wicked. 20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
21 I am going down to see whether or not these reports are true. Then 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 The two other men went on toward Sodom, but the LORD remained with Abraham for a while. 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 Abraham approached him and said, "Will you destroy both innocent and guilty alike? 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24 Suppose you find fifty innocent people there within the city -- will you still destroy it, and not spare it for their sakes? 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 wouldn't do such a thing, destroying the innocent with the guilty. Why, you would be treating the innocent and the guilty exactly the same! Surely you wouldn't do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth 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 And the LORD replied, "If I find fifty innocent people in Sodom, I will spare the entire 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 Then Abraham spoke again. "Since I have begun, let me go on and speak further to my Lord, even though 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 there are only forty-five? Will you destroy the city for lack of five?"And the LORD said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five." 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 Then Abraham pressed his request further. "Suppose there are only forty?"And the LORD 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 "Please don't be angry, my Lord," Abraham pleaded. "Let me speak -- suppose only thirty are found?"And the LORD replied, "I will not destroy it if there are 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 Then Abraham said, "Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue -- suppose there are only twenty?"And the LORD said, "Then I will not destroy it for the sake 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 Finally, Abraham said, "Lord, please do not get angry; I will speak but once more! Suppose only ten are found there?"And the LORD said, "Then, for the sake of the ten, 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 The LORD went on his way when he had finished his conversation with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his tent. 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.