Genesis 18 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent 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 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down 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 He said, "My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your 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 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 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant." So 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 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, 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 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened 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 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while 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 They said to him, "Where is your wife Sarah?" And he said, "There, in the tent." 9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.
10 Then one said, "I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son." And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance 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; it had 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 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?" 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 The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, and say, "Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I 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 anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, 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 But Sarah denied, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was afraid. He said, "Oh yes, 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 set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set 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, "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 seeing that Abraham shall 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 No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge 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 about for Abraham what he has 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, "How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! 20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
21 I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that 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 So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
23 Then 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 then sweep away the place and not forgive it for 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 fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?" 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 at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place 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 Abraham answered, "Let me take it upon myself to speak to 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 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack 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 Again he spoke to him, "Suppose forty are found there." He answered, "For the sake of forty I will not do 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 he said, "Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there." He answered, "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 He said, "Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there." He answered, "For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it." 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 do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there." He answered, "For the sake of 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 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place. 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.