Genesis 18:9-15

9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him. “There, in the tent,” he said.
10 Then one of them 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 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.
12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
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? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

Genesis 18:9-15 Meaning and Commentary


Another appearance of God to Abraham is here recorded; three persons are seen by him in an human form, whom he kindly invites to stop with him, and generously entertains them, Ge 18:1-8; they inquire concerning Sarah his wife, and one of them renews the promise of her bearing a son to him, which occasions laughter in her, for which she is reproved, Ge 18:9-15; upon their departure the Lord thought fit, for reasons given, to make known to Abraham his intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Ge 18:16-22; when Abraham intercedes for the preservation of those cities in a most importunate and affectionate manner, Ge 18:23-33.

Cross References 12

  • 1. S Genesis 3:9
  • 2. Genesis 24:67; Hebrews 11:9
  • 3. S Genesis 17:21; Genesis 21:2; 2 Kings 4:16
  • 4. S Genesis 17:6; Romans 9:9*
  • 5. S Genesis 17:17; Luke 1:18
  • 6. S Genesis 11:30; Romans 4:19; Hebrews 11:11-12
  • 7. S Genesis 17:17; Genesis 21:6
  • 8. 1 Peter 3:6
  • 9. S Genesis 17:17
  • 10. Job 42:2; Isaiah 40:29; Isaiah 50:2; Isaiah 51:9; Jeremiah 32:17,27; Zechariah 8:6; S Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Romans 4:21
  • 11. S ver 10
  • 12. S Genesis 17:19; Romans 9:9*; Galatians 4:23
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