Abraham entertaineth three angels.
Genesis 18:1 And Jehovah appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre. And he sat at the tent-door in the heat of the day. Genesis 18:2 And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, three men standing near him. And when he saw [them], he ran to meet them from the tent-door, and bowed himself to the earth, Genesis 18:3 and said, Lord, if now I have found favour in thine eyes, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant. Genesis 18:4 Let now a little water be fetched, that ye may wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Genesis 18:5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread; and refresh yourselves; after that ye shall pass on; for therefore have ye passed on towards your servant. And they said, So do as thou hast said. Genesis 18:6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, Knead quickly three seahs of wheaten flour, and make cakes. Genesis 18:7 And Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf tender and good, and gave [it] to the attendant; and he hasted to dress it. Genesis 18:8 And he took thick and sweet milk, and the calf that he had dressed, and set [it] before them; and he stood before them under the tree, and they ate.
Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise.
Genesis 18:9 And they said to him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will certainly return to thee at [this] time of the year, and behold, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah was listening at the tent-door, which was behind him. Genesis 18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old [and] advanced in age: it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Genesis 18:12 And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am become old, shall I have pleasure, and my lord old? Genesis 18:13 And Jehovah said to Abraham, Why is this, that Sarah laughs, saying, Shall I indeed bear, when I am become old? Genesis 18:14 Is [any] matter too wonderful for Jehovah? At the time appointed I will return to thee, at [this] time of the year, and Sarah shall have a son. Genesis 18:15 And Sarah denied, saying, I did not laugh; for she was afraid. And he said, No; but thou didst laugh.
Genesis 18:16 And the men rose up thence, and looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to conduct them.
The destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham.
Genesis 18:17 And Jehovah said, Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing? Genesis 18:18 Since Abraham shall indeed 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 he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice, in order that Jehovah may bring upon Abraham what he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:20 And Jehovah said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grievous, Genesis 18:21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come to me; and if not, I will know [it]. Genesis 18:22 And the men turned thence, and went towards Sodom; and Abraham remained yet standing before Jehovah.
Abraham maketh intercession for the men thereof.
Genesis 18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also cause the righteous to perish with the wicked? Genesis 18:24 There are perhaps fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not forgive the place for the sake of the fifty righteous that are therein? Genesis 18:25 Far be it from thee to do so, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that the righteous should be as the wickedfar be it from thee! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? Genesis 18:26 And Jehovah said, If I find at Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will forgive all the place for their sakes. Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have ventured to speak unto the Lord; I, who am dust and ashes. Genesis 18:28 Perhaps there may want five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city on account of the five? And he said, If I shall find forty-five there, I will not destroy [it]. Genesis 18:29 And he continued yet to speak with him, and said, Perhaps there may be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for the forty's sake. Genesis 18:30 And he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry that I speak! Perhaps there may be thirty found there. And he said, I will not do it if I find thirty there. Genesis 18:31 And he said, Behold now, I have ventured to speak with the Lord. Perhaps there may be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy [it] for the twenty's sake. Genesis 18:32 And he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry, that I speak yet but this time! Perhaps there may be ten found there. And he said, I will not destroy [it] for the ten's sake. Genesis 18:33 And Jehovah went away when he had ended speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.