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Genesis 18

Abraham entertaineth three angels.

Genesis 18:1 Againe the Lord appeared vnto him in the plaine of Mamre, as he sate in his tent doore about the heate of the day. Genesis 18:2 And he lift vp his eyes, and looked: and lo, three men stoode by him, and when he sawe them, he ranne to meete them from the tent doore, and bowed himselfe to the grounde. Genesis 18:3 And he said, Lord, if I haue now founde fauour in thy sight, goe not, I pray thee, from thy seruant. Genesis 18:4 Let a litle water, I pray you, be brought, and wash your feete, and rest your selues vnder the tree. Genesis 18:5 And I will bring a morsell of bread, that you may comfort your hearts, afterward ye shall go your wayes: for therefore are ye come to your seruant; they said, Do euen as thou hast said. Genesis 18:6 Then Abraham made haste into the tent vnto Sarah, and saide, Make ready at once three measures of fine meale: kneade it, and make cakes vpon the hearth. Genesis 18:7 And Abraham ranne to the beastes, and tooke a tender and good calfe, and gaue it to the seruant, who hasted to make it ready. Genesis 18:8 And he tooke butter and milke, and the calfe, which he had prepared, and set before them, and stoode himselfe by them vnder the tree, and they did eate.

Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise.

Genesis 18:9 Then they saide to him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he answered, Beholde, she is in the tent. Genesis 18:10 And he saide, I will certainely come againe vnto thee according to ye time of life: and loe, Sarah thy wife shall haue a sonne; Sarah heard in the tent doore, which was behinde him. Genesis 18:11 (Nowe Abraham and Sarah were old and striken 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 olde, and my lord also, shall I haue lust? Genesis 18:13 And ye Lord saide vnto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah thus laugh, saying, Shall I certainely beare a childe, which am olde? Genesis 18:14 (Shall any thing be hard to the Lord? at the time appointed will I returne vnto thee, euen according to the time of life, and Sarah shall haue a sonne.) Genesis 18:15 But Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not: for she was afraide; he said, It is not so: for thou laughedst.

Genesis 18:16 Afterwarde the men did rise vp from thence and looked toward Sodom: 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 shalbe in deede a great and a mightie nation, and all the nations of the earth shalbe blessed in him? Genesis 18:19 For I knowe him that he will commande his sonnes and his houshold after him, that they keepe the way of the Lord, to doe righteousnesse and iudgement, that the Lord may bring vpon Abraham that he hath spoken vnto him. Genesis 18:20 Then the Lorde saide, Because the crie of Sodom and Gomorah is great, and because their sinne is exceeding grieuous, Genesis 18:21 I will goe downe nowe, and see whether they haue done altogether according to that crie which is come vnto me: and if not, that I may knowe. Genesis 18:22 And the men turned thence and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stoode yet before the Lord.

Abraham maketh intercession for the men thereof.

Genesis 18:23 Then Abraham drewe neere, & said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Genesis 18:24 If there be fiftie righteous within the citie, wilt thou destroy and not spare the place for the fiftie righteous that are therein? Genesis 18:25 Be it farre fro thee from doing this thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be euen as the wicked, be it farre from thee. shall not the Iudge of all the worlde doe right? Genesis 18:26 And the Lord answered, If I shall finde in Sodom fiftie righteous within the citie, then will I spare all the place for their sakes. Genesis 18:27 Then Abraham answered and said, Behold nowe, I haue begun to speake vnto my Lord, and I am but dust and ashes. Genesis 18:28 If there shall lacke fiue of fiftie righteous, wilt thou destroy all the citie for fiue? And he saide, If I finde there fiue and fourtie, I will not destroy it. Genesis 18:29 And he yet spake to him againe, and saide, What if there shalbe found fourtie there? Then he answered, I will not doe it for fourties sake. Genesis 18:30 Againe he said, Let not my Lord nowe be angry, that I speake, What if thirtie be founde there? Then he saide, I will not doe it, if I finde thirtie there. Genesis 18:31 Moreouer he said, Behold, now I haue begonne to speake vnto my Lord, What if twentie be founde there? And he answered, I will not destroy it for twenties sake. Genesis 18:32 Then he saide, Let not my Lord be nowe angrie, and I will speake but this once, What if tenne be found there? And he answered, I will not destroy it for tennes sake. Genesis 18:33 And the Lord went his way when he had left communing with Abraham, and Abraham returned vnto his place.

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