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Genesis 18 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now the Lord came to him by the holy tree of Mamre, when he was seated in the doorway of his tent in the middle 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 lifting up his eyes, he saw three men before him; and seeing them, he went quickly to them from the door of the tent, and went down on his face 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 grace in your eyes, do not go away from your servant: 3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
4 Let me get water for washing your feet, and take your 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 let me get a bit of bread to keep up your strength, and after that you may go on your way: for this is why you have come to your servant. And they said, Let it be so. 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 Then Abraham went quickly into the tent, and said to Sarah, Get three measures of meal straight away and make 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 And running to the herd, he took a young ox, soft and fat, and gave it to the servant and he quickly made 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 And he took butter and milk and the young ox which he had made ready and put it before them, waiting by them under the tree while they took food. 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 to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, She is 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 come back to you in the spring, and Sarah your wife will have a son. And his words came to the ears of Sarah who was at the back of the tent-door. 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 very old, and Sarah was past the time for giving birth. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
12 And Sarah, laughing to herself, said, Now that I am used up am I still to have pleasure, my husband himself being 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 And the Lord said, Why was Sarah laughing and saying, Is it possible for me, being old, to give birth to a child? 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 there any wonder which the Lord is not able to do? At the time I said, in the spring, I will come back to you, and Sarah will have a child. 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 said, I was not laughing; for she was full of fear. And he said, No, but you were laughing. 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."
16 And the men went on from there in the direction of Sodom; and Abraham went with 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, Am I to keep back from Abraham the knowledge of what I do; 17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?
18 Seeing that Abraham will certainly become a great and strong nation, and his name will be used by all the nations of the earth as a blessing? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
19 For I have made him mine so that he may give orders to his children and those of his line after him, to keep the ways of the Lord, to do what is good and right: so that the Lord may do to Abraham as he has said. 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 outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is very great, and their sin is 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 now, and see if their acts are as bad as they seem from the outcry which has come to me; and if they are not, I will see. 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, turning from that place, went on to Sodom: but Abraham was still waiting before the Lord. 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 And Abraham came near, and said, Will you let destruction come on the upright with the sinners? 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24 If by chance there are fifty upright men in the town, will you give the place to destruction and not have mercy on it because of the fifty upright men? 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 Let such a thing be far from you, to put the upright to death with the sinner: will 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 there are fifty upright men in the town, I will have mercy on it 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 And Abraham answering said, Truly, I who am only dust, have undertaken to put my thoughts before 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 If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are 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 And again he said to him, By chance there may be forty there. And he said, I will not do 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 And he said, Let not the Lord be angry with me if I say, What if there are thirty there? And he said, I will not do 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 And he said, See now, I have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord: what if there are twenty there? And he said, I will have mercy because 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 And he said, O let not the Lord be angry and I will say only one word more: by chance there may be ten there. And he said, I will have mercy because 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 And the Lord went on his way when his talk with Abraham was ended, and Abraham went back to his place. 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.