Abraham entertaineth three angels.
Genesis 18:1 And Yahweh appeared unto him, among the oaks of Mamre,as, he, was sitting at the opening of the tent, in the heat of the day. Genesis 18:2 And he lifted up his eyes, and looked, and lo! three men, standing over against him,so he looked, and ran to meet them from the opening of the tent, and bowed himself to the earth; Genesis 18:3 and said,O My Lord! if, I pray thee, I have found favour in thine eyes, do not, I pray thee, pass on from thy servant. Genesis 18:4 Let there be fetched, I pray thee, a little water, and bathe ye your feet,and rest yourselves under the tree. Genesis 18:5 And let me fetch a morsel of bread, and stay ye your heart, Afterwards, ye may pass on, For, on this account, have ye passed by, over against your servant. And they said, Thus, shalt thou do, as thou hast spoken. Genesis 18:6 So Abraham hastened towards the tent, unto Sarah,and said, Hasten thou three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make hearth-cakes. Genesis 18:7 And, unto the herd, ran Abraham,and took a calf, tender and good, and gave unto the young man, and he hastened to make it ready. Genesis 18:8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf that he had made ready, and set before them,while, he, was standing near them under the tree, they did eat.
Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise.
Genesis 18:9 And they said unto him, As to Sarah thy wife. . . . And he said, Lo! [she is] in the tent. Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will, surely return, unto thee, at the quickening season,and lo! a son, for Sarah thy wife. Now, Sarah, was hearkening at the opening of the tent, it, being behind him. Genesis 18:11 But, Abraham and Sarah, were old, far gone in days,it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Genesis 18:12 So then Sarah laughed within herself, saying: After I am past age, hath there come to me pleasure, my lord, also being old? Genesis 18:13 And Yahweh said unto Abraham,Wherefore, now, did Sarah laugh, saying, Can it really and truly be that I should bear, seeing that, I, have become old? Genesis 18:14 Is anything, too wonderful for Yahweh? At the appointed time, I will return unto thee, at the quickening season, and, Sarah, shall have a son. Genesis 18:15 And Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not, For she was afraid. And he saidNay! but thou didst laugh!
Genesis 18:16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked out over the face of Sodom,Abraham also, going with them, to set them on their way.
The destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham.
Genesis 18:17 Now, Yahweh, had said,Am I going to hide from Abraham what I do, Genesis 18:18 when, 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 have become his intimate friend, To the end that he may command his sons and his house after him, so shall they keep the way of Yahweh, by doing righteousness and justice,To the end that Yahweh may bring in for Abraham, what he hath spoken concerning him. Genesis 18:20 So Yahweh said, The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah, because it hath become great,And their sin, because it hath become exceeding grievous, Genesis 18:21 Let me go down, pray, and let me behold, whether, according to their outcry which hath come in unto me, they have done altogether, And if not, I must know! Genesis 18:22 And the men turned from thence, and went their way, towards Sodom,but, Yahweh, was yet standing before Abraham.
Abraham maketh intercession for the men thereof.
Genesis 18:23 So then Abraham drew near, and said,Wilt thou really sweep away, the righteous, with the lawless? Genesis 18:24 Peradventure there are fifty righteous, in the midst of the city, Wilt thou really sweep away, and not spare the place, for the sake of the fifty righteous, which are therein? Genesis 18:25 Far be it from thee! to do after this manner, to put to death the righteous with the lawless! Then should righteous and lawless be alike,Far be it from thee! Shall, the Judge of all the earth, not do, justice? Genesis 18:26 And Yahweh said, If I find in Sodom, fifty righteous, in the midst of the city, then will I spare all the place for their sake. Genesis 18:27 And Abraham responded, and said,Behold, I pray thee, I have ventured to speak unto My Lord, though, I, am dust and ashes: Genesis 18:28 Peradventure there may lack, of the fifty righteous, five, Wilt thou destroy, for five, all the city? And he said,I will not destroy, if I find there, forty and five. Genesis 18:29 And he added, yet once more, to speak unto him, and said, Peradventure there may be found thereforty. And he saidI will not do it, for the sake of the forty. Genesis 18:30 And he said, Let it not, I pray thee, be vexing to My Lord, but let me speak, Peradventure there may be found therethirty. And he said, I will not to it, if I find therethirty. Genesis 18:31 And he said, Behold, I pray thee, I have ventured to speak unto My Lord, Peradventure there may be found theretwenty. And he said, I will not destroy [it], for the sake of the twenty. Genesis 18:32 And he said, Let it not, I pray thee, be vexing to My Lord, but let me speak, only this once, Peradventure there may be found thereten. And he said, I will not destroy [it], for the sake of the ten! Genesis 18:33 And Yahweh went his way, when he had made an end, of speaking unto Abraham,Abraham, also returned to his place.