Abraham entertaineth three angels.
Genesis 18:1 And the Lorde apeared vnto hym in the okegroue of Mamre as he sat in hys tent dore in the heate of the daye. Genesis 18:2 And he lyfte vp hys eyes and looked: & lo, thre men stode not farre from him. And when he sawe them, he ran to mete them from the tent dore, & fel to the ground Genesis 18:3 and sayde: Lord yf I haue founde fauoure in thy syght: go not by thy seruaunte. Genesis 18:4 Let a lytle water be fet, and wash youre fete, and rest youre selues vnder the tree: Genesis 18:5 And I wyll fet a morsell of breed, to comforte youre hartes withal. And than go your wayes, for euen therfore are ye come to youre seruaunt. And they answered: Do euen so as thou hast said. Genesis 18:6 And Abraham went a pace in to hys tent vnto Sara and sayd: make redy attonce thre peckes of fyne meale, kneade it and make cakes. Genesis 18:7 And Abraham ran vnto his beastes & fet a calfe that was tendre and good, & gaue it vnto a yonge man which made it redy attonce. Genesis 18:8 And he toke butter and mylcke and the calf whyche he had prepared, and set it before them, and stode hym selfe by them vnder the tree: and they ate.
Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise.
Genesis 18:9 And they sayd vnto hym: Where is Sara thy wyfe? And he sayde: in the tent. Genesis 18:10 And he sayde: I wyll come agayne vnto the as sone as the frute can lyue. And loo: Sara thy wife shall haue a sonne. That hearde Sara, oute of the tent doore whyche was behynde hys backe. Genesis 18:11 Abraham and Sara were both olde and well stryken in age, and it ceased to be wyth Sara after the maner as it is with wyues. Genesis 18:12 And Sara laughed in her selfe sayinge: Now I am waxed olde, shall I geue my self to lust, and my Lorde olde also? Genesis 18:13 Than sayd the Lord vnto Abraham: wherfore doth Sara laughte sayinge: shall I of a suertie bere a chylde, now when I am olde? Genesis 18:14 is the thyng to harde for the Lorde to do? In the tyme appoynted wyll I returne vnto the, as sone as the frute can haue lyfe, and Sara shall haue a sonne. Genesis 18:15 Than Sara denyed it sayinge: I laughed not, for she was afrayde. But he sayde: yes thou laughtest.
Genesis 18:16 Than the men stode vp from thence and loked toward Sodome. And Abraham went with them to brynge them on the way.
The destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham.
Genesis 18:17 And the Lord sayd: Can I hyde from Abraham that thyng whyche I am about to do, Genesis 18:18 seynge that Abraham shal be a great & a myghtie people, & all the nacions of the erth shalbe blessed in him? Genesis 18:19 For I know him that he wyl commaunde his chyldren & his houshold after him, that they kepe the way of the Lord, to do after ryght & conscience that the Lord may brynge vpon Abraham that he hath promysed hym. Genesis 18:20 And the Lord sayd? The crye of Sodome and Gomorra is great, and their synne is excedynge greuous. Genesis 18:21 I wyll go doune and sea whether they haue done all to gether acordynge to that crye which is come vnto me or not, that I may knowe. Genesis 18:22 And the men departed thence & went to Sodome ward. But Abraham stode yet before the Lorde,
Abraham maketh intercession for the men thereof.
Genesis 18:23 & drewe nere and sayde. Wylt thou destroy the rightwes wt þe wyked? Genesis 18:24 If there be .l. ryghtwes wyth in the cyte, wylt thou destroy it & not spare þe place for the sake of .l. rightwes þt are therin? Genesis 18:25 That be farre from the, that thou shuldest do after this maner, to sley þe rightwes wt the wicked, & that the rightwes shuld be as the wicked: þt be farre from the. Shulde not the iudge of all the worlde do acordynge to ryghte? Genesis 18:26 And the Lorde sayde: If I fynde in Sodome .l. ryghtwes wythin the cytie, I wyll spare all the place for their sakes. Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answered & sayd: behold I haue taken vpon me to speake vnto the Lord, & yet am but dust and asshes. Genesis 18:28 What though there lacke .v. of .l. ryghtwes, wylt thou destroy al the cyte for lacke of .v.? And he sayde: If I fynde there .xl. and .v. I wil not destroy them. Genesis 18:29 And he spake vnto hym yet agayn and sayd: what yf there be .xl. founde there. And he sayde: I wyll not do it for fourtyes sake. Genesis 18:30 And he sayde: O let not my Lorde be angry, that I speake. What yf there be founde .xxx. there? And he sayde: I wyll not do it, yf I fynde .xxx. there. Genesis 18:31 And he sayd: Oh, se, I haue begonne to speake vnto my Lorde, what yf there be .xx. found there? And he sayd: I wyll not destroye them for twenties sake. Genesis 18:32 And he sayde: O let not my Lorde be angrye, that I speake yet, but euen once more oulye. What yf ten be found there? And he sayde: I wyll not destroy them for .x. sake. Genesis 18:33 And the Lorde went hys waye as soone as he had left commimyng wyth Abraham. And Abraham returned vnto hys place.