Abraham entertaineth three angels.
Genesis 18:1 And the Lorde apeared vnto hym in the playne of Mamre and he sat in his tent dore in the heate of the daye. Genesis 18:2 And he lifte vp his eyes and looked: & lo, thre men stode by him. And when he sawe them, he ran to mete them from the tent dore, and fell to the grounde Genesis 18:3 and sayde: Lorde (I beseche the) yf I haue founde fauoure in thy syght: goo not (I praye the) from thy seruaunte. Genesis 18:4 Let a lytle water be fett, and washe youre fete, and refreshe youre selues vnder the tree. Genesis 18:5 And I wyll fett a morsell of breed, to comforte youre hartes withall. And than shall ye goo youre wayes, for euen therfore are ye come to youre seruaunte. And they sayde: Do euen so as þu hast sayde: Genesis 18:6 And Abraham went a pase in to his tent vnto Sara, & sayde: make redy attonce thre peckes of fyne meale, kneade it, & make cakes. Genesis 18:7 And Abraham rennynge vnto his beastes, fett a calfe tendre and good, & gaue it vnto a yonge man, & he hasted to make it redy attonce. Genesis 18:8 And he toke butter & mylcke & the calfe whych he had prepared, & set it before them, and stode hym selfe by them vnder the tree whan they dyd eate.
Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise.
Genesis 18:9 And they sayde vnto him: Where is Sara thy wyfe? he answered: beholde, she is in the tent. Genesis 18:10 And he sayde in returnynge, I will come agayne vnto the, accordynge to þe tyme of lyfe. And loo Sara thy wyfe shall haue a sonne. That hearde Sara, in the tent doore which was behinde him Genesis 18:11 (Abraham and Sara were both olde & well stryken in age, & it ceased to be with Sara after the maner as it is wyth wemen) Genesis 18:12 Therfore Sara laughed with in hyr selfe sayinge: Nowe I am waxed olde, shall I geue my selfe to lust, & my Lorde olde also? Genesis 18:13 And God sayde vnto Abraham: wherfore dyd Sara laughe sayinge: shall I of a suertye bere a chylde which am olde? Genesis 18:14 is any thynge wonderfull to God? Acordynge to the tyme appoynted will I returne vnto the, euen acordynge to the tyme of lyfe, & Sara shall haue a sonne. Genesis 18:15 Than Sara denyed it sayinge: I laughed not, for she was afrayde. And he sayde: It is not so, but thou laughedst.
Genesis 18:16 And þe men stondinge vp from thence, loked towarde Sodome. And Abraham went with them to brynge them on the waye.
The destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham.
Genesis 18:17 And þe Lorde sayde: Shall I hyde from Abraham that thynge which I do? Genesis 18:18 seynge that Abraham shall be a great and a myghtie people, and all the nacyons of þe erth shalbe blessed in him? Genesis 18:19 I knowe this also, that he will commaunde his chyldren and hys houshold after him, that they kepe the waye of þe Lorde, and do after ryghte and conscyence, that the Lorde maye bringe vpon Abraham all that he hath spoken vnto him. Genesis 18:20 And the Lorde sayde The crye of: Sodome and Gomorra is great, and theyr synne is excedynge greuous. Genesis 18:21 I wyll go downe nowe and see whether they haue done all together accordynge to that crye which is come vnto me or not, that I maye knowe. Genesis 18:22 And the men departed thence and went to Sodome warde. But Abraham stode yet before the Lorde,
Abraham maketh intercession for the men thereof.
Genesis 18:23 and Abraham drewe nere & sayde: Wylt þu also destroye the ryghtwes with the wicked? Genesis 18:24 parauenture there be .l. ryghtwes within the cytie, wylt thou destroye and not spare the place for the sake of .l. ryghtwes that are therin? Genesis 18:25 That be farre from the, that thou shuldest do after thys sayinge, & sley the ryghtwes with the wicked, & that the ryghtwes shulde be as þe wicked, that be farre from the. Shall not the iudge of all the worlde do accordynge to ryghte? Genesis 18:26 And the Lorde sayde: If I fynde in Sodome .l. ryghtwes wythin þe cytie, I will spare all the place for their sakes. Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answerynge: sayde, Beholde, I haue taken vpon me to speake vnto the Lorde, which am but dust and asshes. Genesis 18:28 perauenture there shall lacke fyue of fyftye ryghteous: wylt þu destroye all the cytie for lacke of fyue? And he sayde: yf I fynde there fourtye & fyue, I will not destroye them. Genesis 18:29 And he proceaded to speake vnto hym agayne, & sayde, peraduenture there shalbe fourtye founde there. He answered: I will not do it for forties sake. Genesis 18:30 He sayde vnto him agayne: O let not my Lord be angry that I speake: peraduenture there shall thyrtye be founde there. And he sayde: I will do nothynge yf I fynde thirtye there. Genesis 18:31 He sayde agayne: O se, I haue taken vpon me to speake nowe also vnto my Lorde: peraduenture ther shalbe twentye founde there. He answered: I wyll not destroye them for twenties sake. Genesis 18:32 And be sayde: O let not my Lorde he angry, & I wyll speake yet but this once. Perauenture there shall ten be founde there. He answered: I wyll not destroye them for tens sake. Genesis 18:33 And þe Lorde went his waye as soone as he had lefte commoninge with Abraham. And Abraham also returned vnto his place.