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Genesis 18 TMB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre, as he sat in 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 And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him. And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward 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 and said, "My lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant. 3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, 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 fetch a morsel of bread and comfort ye your hearts. After that ye shall pass on, for therefor are ye come to your servant." And they said, "So do, as thou hast 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 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, "Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth." 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 And Abraham ran unto the herd and fetched a calf, tender and good, and gave it unto a young man, and he hastened to dress 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 And he took butter and milk and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, 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 And they said unto him, "Where is Sarah thy wife?" And he said, "Behold, in the tent." 9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.
10 And he said, "I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son." And Sarah heard it from 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 and well stricken in age, and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have waxed 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 unto Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, `Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am 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 any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall 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 Then Sarah denied, saying, "I laughed not," for she was afraid. And He said, "Nay, but thou didst laugh." 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on 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 And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do, 17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?
18 seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD to do justice and judgment, that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of 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, "Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, 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 whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which has come unto 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 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 And Abraham drew near and said, "Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24 Perhaps there be fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 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 That be far from Thee to do in this manner -- to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from Thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do 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 said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." 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 answered and said, "Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, I, who 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 Perhaps there shall lack five of the fifty righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack of five?" And He said, "If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it." 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 And he spoke unto Him yet again and said, "Perhaps there shall be forty found there?" And He said, "I will not do it for forty's sake." 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 And he said unto Him, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Perhaps there shall thirty be 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, "Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Perhaps there shall be twenty found there." And He said, "I will not destroy it for twenty's sake." 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 And he said, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Perhaps ten shall be found there." And He said, "I will not destroy it for ten's sake." 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 And the LORD went His way, as soon as He had finished communing with Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place. 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.