And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.
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
and said, "My lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant.
Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree;
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."
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."
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.
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.
And they said unto him, "Where is Sarah thy wife?" And he said, "Behold, in the tent."
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.
Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age, and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"
And the LORD said unto Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, `Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am old?'
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."
Then Sarah denied, saying, "I laughed not," for she was afraid. And He said, "Nay, but thou didst laugh."
And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do,
seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
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."
And the LORD said, "Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,
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."
And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
And Abraham drew near and said, "Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Perhaps there be fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
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?"
And the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes."
And Abraham answered and said, "Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, I, who am but dust and ashes.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
And the LORD went His way, as soon as He had finished communing with Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place.