NASB — Genesis 18 — KJV

Birth of Isaac Promised

1 Now athe LORD appeared to him by the Iboaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three amen were standing opposite him; and when he saw [them], he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, 3 and said, “IMy Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not IIpass Your servant by. 4 Please let a little water be brought and awash your feet, and Irest yourselves under the tree; 5 and I will Iabring a piece of bread, that you may IIrefresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have IIIvisited your servant.” And they said, “So do, as you have said.” 6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “IQuickly, prepare three IImeasures of fine flour, knead [it] and make bread cakes.” 7 Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and Ichoice calf and gave [it] to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it. 8 He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed [it] before them; and he was standing by them under the tree Ias they ate.

[1] IOr terebinths aGn 12:7; 17:1 bGn 13:18; 14:13
[2] aGn 18:16, 22; 32:24; Jsh 5:13; Jg 13:6-11; He 13:2
[3] IOr O Lord IILit pass away from Your servant
[4] ILit support aGn 19:2; 24:32; 43:24
[5] ILit take IILit sustain your heart IIILit come to aJg 6:18, 19; 13:15, 16
[6] ILit Hasten three measures IIHeb seah; i.e. one seah equals approx eleven qts
[7] ILit good
[8] ILit and

9 ¶ Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10 He said, “aI will surely return to you Iat this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now aAbraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was bpast Ichildbearing. 12 Sarah laughed Ito herself, saying, “aAfter I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my blord being old also?” 13 And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed Ibear [a child], when I am [so] old?’ 14 aIs anything too Idifficult for the LORD? At the bappointed time I will return to you, IIat this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah denied [it] however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

[10] ILit when the time revives aGn 21:2; Ro 9:9
[11] ILit the manner of women aGn 17:17; Ro 4:19 bHe 11:11
[12] ILit within aGn 17:17; Lk 1:18 b1P 3:6
[13] ILit surely bear
[14] IOr wonderful IILit when the time revives aJr 32:17, 27; Zc 8:6; Mt 19:26; Lk 1:37; Ro 4:21 bGn 17:21; 18:10

16 ¶ Then athe men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. 17 aThe LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham bwhat I am about to do, 18 since Abraham will surely become a great and Imighty nation, and in him aall the nations of the earth will be blessed? 19 For I have Iachosen him, so that he may bcommand his children and his household after him to ckeep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham dwhat He has spoken about him.” 20 And the LORD said, “aThe outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will ago down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

[16] aGn 18:2, 22; 19:1
[17] aGn 18:22, 26, 33; Am 3:7 bGn 18:21; 19:24
[18] IOr populous aGn 12:3; 22:18; Ac 3:25; Ga 3:8
[19] ILit known aNe 9:7; Am 3:2 bDt 6:6, 7 cGn 17:9 dGn 12:2, 3
[20] aGn 19:13; Ezk 16:49, 50
[21] aGn 11:5; Ex 3:8; Ps 14:2

22 ¶ Then athe men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before bthe LORD. 23 Abraham came near and said, “aWill You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep [it] away and not Ispare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from You to do Isuch a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are [treated] alike. Far be it from You! Shall not athe Judge of all the earth IIdeal justly?” 26 So the LORD said, “aIf I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will Ispare the whole place on their account.” 27 And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have Iventured to speak to the Lord, although I am [but] adust and ashes. 28 Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?” And He said, “I will not destroy [it] if I find forty-five there.” 29 He spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose forty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do [it] on account of the forty.” 30 Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do [it] if I find thirty there.” 31 And he said, “Now behold, I have Iventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy [it] on account of the twenty.” 32 Then he said, “aOh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy [it] on account of the ten.” 33 As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham athe LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.

[22] aGn 18:16; 19:1 bGn 18:1, 17
[23] aEx 23:7; Nu 16:22; 2S 24:17; Ps 11:4-7
[24] IOr forgive
[25] ILit after this manner IILit do justice aDt 1:16, 17; 32:4; Jb 8:3, 20; Ps 58:11; 94:2; Is 3:10, 11; Ro 3:5, 6
[26] IOr forgive aJr 5:1
[27] ILit undertaken aGn 3:19; Jb 30:19; 42:6
[31] ILit undertaken
[32] aJg 6:39
[33] aGn 17:22; 35:13


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Abraham entertaineth three angels.

1 ¶ And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw [them], he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: 4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead [it], and make cakes upon the hearth. 7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave [it] unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. 8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set [it] before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

[1] Gn 13:18; 14:13; 15:1; 17:1, 22; 26:2; 48:3; Ex 4:1; 2Ch 1:7; Ac 7:2.
[2] Gn 18:22; 19:1; 23:7; 33:3; 43:26, 28; 44:14; Jg 13:3, 9; Ru 2:10; 2K 2:15; Ro 12:13; He 13:2; 1P 4:9.
[3] Gn 32:5.
[4] Gn 19:2; 24:32; 43:24; 1S 25:41; Lk 7:44; Jn 13:5; 1Ti 5:10.
[5] Gn 19:8; 33:10; Jg 6:18; 13:15; 19:5; Ps 104:15; Is 3:1; Mt 6:11.
[6] Is 32:8; Mt 13:33; Lk 10:38; Ac 16:15; Ro 12:13; Ga 5:13; He 13:2; 1P 4:9.
[7] Gn 19:3; Jg 13:15; Am 6:4; Mal 1:14; Mt 22:4; Lk 15:23, 27, 30.
[8] Gn 19:3; Dt 32:14; Jg 5:25; 13:15; Ne 12:44; Lk 12:37; 17:8; 24:30, 43; Jn 12:2; Ac 10:41; Ga 5:13; Rv 3:20.

Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise.

9 ¶ And they said unto him, Where [is] Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard [it] in the tent door, which [was] behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah [were] old [and] well stricken in age; [and] it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

[9] Gn 4:9; 24:67; 31:33; Tit 2:5.
[10] Gn 16:10; 17:16, 19, 21; 18:13; 21:2; 22:15; Jg 13:3; 2K 4:16; Lk 1:13; Ro 9:8; Ga 4:23, 28.
[11] Gn 17:17, 24; 31:35; Lv 15:19; Lk 1:7, 18, 36; Ro 4:18; He 11:11, 19.
[12] Gn 17:17; 18:13; 21:6; Ps 126:2; Lk 1:18, 34; Ep 5:33; He 11:11; 1P 3:6.
[13] Jn 2:25.
[14] Gn 17:21; 18:10; Nu 11:23; Dt 7:21; 30:3; 1S 14:6; 2K 4:16; 7:1; Jb 36:5; 42:2; Ps 90:13; 93:1; 95:3; Jr 32:17; Mi 7:18; Zc 8:6; Mt 3:9; 14:31; 19:26; Mk 10:27; Lk 1:13, 18, 37; 8:50; Ep 3:20; Php 3:21; 4:13; He 11:19.
[15] Gn 4:9; 12:13; Jb 2:10; Ps 44:21; Pv 12:19; 28:13; Mk 2:8; Jn 2:25; 18:17, 25; Ro 3:19; Ep 4:23; Col 3:9; 1Jn 1:8.

16 ¶ And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

[16] Ac 15:3; 20:38; 21:5; Ro 15:24; 3Jn 1:6.

The destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham.

17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the 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 now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

[17] 2K 4:27; 2Ch 20:7; Ps 25:14; Am 3:7; Jn 15:15; Jm 2:23.
[18] Gn 12:2; 22:17; 26:4; Ps 72:17; Ac 3:25; Ga 3:8, 14; Ep 1:3.
[19] Gn 17:23; Dt 4:9; 6:6; 11:19; 32:46; Jsh 24:15; 1S 2:30; 2S 7:20; 1Ch 28:9; Jb 1:5; Ps 1:6; 11:4; 34:15; 78:2; Pv 6:20; 22:6; Is 38:19; Jn 10:14; 21:17; Ac 27:23, 31; Ep 6:4; 1Ti 3:4, 5, 12; 2Ti 1:5; 2:19; 3:15.
[20] Gn 4:10; 13:13; 19:13; Is 3:9; 5:7; Jr 14:7; Jm 5:4.
[21] Gn 11:5, 7; Ex 3:8; 33:5; Dt 8:2; 13:3; Jsh 22:22; Jb 34:22; Ps 90:8; 139:1; Jr 17:1, 10; Mi 1:3; Zp 1:12; Lk 16:15; Jn 6:38; 2Co 11:11; 1Th 4:16; He 4:13.
[22] Gn 18:1, 2; 19:1; Ps 106:23; Jr 15:1; 18:20; Ezk 22:30; Ac 7:55; 1Ti 2:1.

Abraham maketh intercession for the men thereof.

23 ¶ And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that [are] therein? 25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which [am but] dust and ashes: 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for [lack of] five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy [it]. 29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do [it] for forty's sake. 30 And he said [unto him], Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do [it], if I find thirty there. 31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy [it] for twenty's sake. 32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy [it] for ten's sake. 33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

[23] Gn 18:25; 20:4; Nu 16:22; 2S 24:17; Jb 8:3; 34:17; Ps 11:4; 73:28; Jr 30:21; Ro 3:5; He 10:22; Jm 5:17.
[24] Gn 18:32; Is 1:9; Jr 5:1; Mt 7:13; Ac 27:24.
[25] Dt 32:4; Jb 8:3, 20; 9:22; 34:17; Ps 11:5; 58:11; 94:2; 98:9; Ec 7:15; 8:12; Is 3:10; 57:1; Jr 12:1; Mal 3:18; Jn 5:22; Ro 3:6; 2Co 5:10.
[26] Is 6:13; 10:22; 19:24; 65:8; Jr 5:1; Ezk 22:30; Mt 24:22.
[27] Gn 2:7; 3:19; 18:30; Ezr 9:6; Jb 4:19; 42:6; Ps 8:4; 144:3; Ec 12:7; Is 6:5; 64:8; Lk 5:8; 18:1; 1Co 15:47; 2Co 5:1.
[28] Gn 18:26, 29; Nu 14:17; 1K 20:32; Jb 23:3.
[29] Ep 6:18; He 4:16.
[30] Gn 44:18; Jg 6:39; Es 4:11; Jb 40:4; Ps 9:12; 10:17; 89:7; Is 6:5; 55:8; He 12:28.
[31] Gn 18:27; Mt 7:7, 11; Lk 11:8; 18:1; Ep 6:18; He 4:16; 10:20.
[32] Gn 18:30; Ex 32:9, 14; 33:13; 34:6, 9; Nu 14:11; Jg 6:39; Jb 33:23; Ps 86:5; Pv 15:8; Is 42:6; 65:8; Mi 7:18; Mt 7:7; Ep 3:20; Jm 5:15, 16; 1Jn 5:15.
[33] Gn 18:16, 22; 31:55; 32:26.


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