Abraham entertaineth three angels.
Genesis 18:1 And the LORD appeared vnto him, in the plaines of Mamre: and he sate in the tent doore, in the heat of the day. Genesis 18:2 And he lift vp his eyes and looked, and loe, three men stood by him: and when he saw [them], hee ranne to meete them from the tent doore, and bowed himselfe toward the ground, Genesis 18:3 And said, My Lord, If now I haue found fauour in thy sight, passe not away, I pray thee, fro thy seruant: Genesis 18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feete, and rest your selues vnder the tree: Genesis 18:5 And I will fetch a morsell of bread; and comfort ye your hearts, after that you shall passe on: for therefore are you come to your seruant. And they said; So doe, as thou hast said. Genesis 18:6 And Abraham hastened into the tent, vnto Sarah, & said; Make ready quickly three measures of fine meale, knead [it], and make cakes vpon the hearth. Genesis 18:7 And Abraham ranne vnto the heard, and fetcht a calfe, tender and good, and gaue it vnto a yong man: and he hasted to dresse it. Genesis 18:8 And he tooke butter, and milke, and the calfe which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them vnder the tree: and they did eate.
Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise.
Genesis 18:9 And they said vnto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will certainly returne vnto thee according to the time of life; and loe, Sarah thy wife shall haue a sonne. And Sarah heard [it] in the tent doore, which was behind him. Genesis 18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age: [and] it ceased to be with Sarah after the maner of women. Genesis 18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within her selfe, saying, After I am waxed old, shall I haue pleasure, my lord being old also? Genesis 18:13 And the LORD said vnto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying; Shall I of a surety beare a childe, which am old? Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed will I returne vnto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall haue a sonne. Genesis 18:15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not: for she was afraid. And he said, Nay, but thou diddest laugh.
Genesis 18:16 And the men rose vp from thence, and looked toward Sodome: and Abraham went with them, to bring them on the way.
The destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham.
Genesis 18:17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I doe; Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that hee will command his children, and his household after him, and they shall keepe the way of the LORD, to doe iustice and iudgement, that the LORD may bring vpon Abraham, that which hee hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodome and Gomorrah is great, and because their sinne is very grieuous: Genesis 18:21 I will goe downe now, and see whether they haue done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come vnto me: and if not, I will know. Genesis 18:22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodome: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
Abraham maketh intercession for the men thereof.
Genesis 18:23 And Abraham drew neere, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Genesis 18:24 Peraduenture there be fifty righteous within the citie; wilt thou also destroy, and not spare the place for the fiftie righteous, that are therein? Genesis 18:25 That be farre from thee, to do after this maner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be farre from thee: Shall not the Iudge of all the earth doe right? Genesis 18:26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fiftie righteous, within the citie, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answered, and said, Behold now, I haue taken vpon me to speake vnto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes. Genesis 18:28 Peraduenture there shall lacke fiue of the fiftie righteous: wilt thou destroy all the citie for [lacke] of fiue? And he said, If I find there fourtie and fiue, I will not destroy [it]. Genesis 18:29 And hee spake vnto him yet againe, and said, Peraduenture there shall be fourtie found there: and he said, I will not doe [it] for fourties sake. Genesis 18:30 And he said vnto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speake: Peraduenture there shall thirtie bee found there. And he said, I will not doe [it], if I find thirtie there. Genesis 18:31 And he said, Behold now, I haue taken vpon mee to speake vnto the Lord: Peraduenture there shall bee twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy [it] for twenties sake. Genesis 18:32 And hee saide, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speake yet but [this] once: Peraduenture ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy [it] for tennes sake. Genesis 18:33 And the LORD went his way, assoone as hee had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned vnto his place.