Genesis 18

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1 And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.
2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood by him. When he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed to the ground,
3 and I said, O Lord! if I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away from thy servant;
4 Let a little water, and will wash your feet; and rest yourselves under the tree,
5 and I will bring bread, and comfort ye your hearts; then go; so as you go past your servant. They said: do as you say.
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah and said, quickly knead three Sata fine flour, and make cakes.
7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave the lad, and he hurried to prepare it.
8 And he took butter and milk and the calf prepared, and set it before them, and he stood by them under the tree. And they ate.

9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? He answered: Here, in the tent.
10 And he said, [one of them]: I will surely return to you at this time, and Sarah will have a son, your wife. And Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him.
eleven Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in years, and ordinary women Sarah stopped.
12 Sarah laughed within herself, saying, I know, when I am old, have pleasure? my lord being old.
13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, `Shall I indeed bear, when I am old? '
14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you next year, and Sarah [is] a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I did not laugh. For she was afraid. But he said: No, you did laugh.

16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom; Abraham went with them to bring them.
17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham what I want to do!
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty, and blessed in him all the nations of the earth,
19 For I have chosen him so that he will command his children and his household after him, to walk through the Lord, to do justice and judgment; LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20 And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of them come to me, or not; I know.
22 And the men turned from there and went toward Sodom; Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

23 And Abraham drew near and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 maybe there is in this city fifty righteous? wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 It can not be that you did so, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous, as the wicked; Far be it from You! Judge of all the earth do right?
26 The Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare them for the sake of all this place.
27 Abraham answered and said, Behold, I decided to speak to the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 maybe the fifty righteous lack five really for [lack of] five thou destroy the whole city? He said he will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.
29 [Abraham] spoke to him and said, can be found there forty? He said, I will not do [it] for forty's sake.
thirty And he said to [Abraham]: let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: can be found there thirty? He said: Do not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 [Abraham] said, Behold, I decided to speak to the Lord can be found there twenty? He said he will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
32 [Abraham] said, Let not the Lord be angry, that I speak yet but this once: can be found there ten? He said he will not destroy it for ten's sake.
33 And the Lord departed, stopped speaking to Abraham; Abraham returned to his place.

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