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(Gen 18:1) And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
(Gen 18:2) 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,
(Gen 18:3) And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
(Gen 18:4) Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
(Gen 18:5) 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.
(Gen 18:6) 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.
(Gen 18:7) 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.
(Gen 18:8) 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.
(Gen 18:9) And they said unto him, Where {is} Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
(Gen 18:10) 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.
(Gen 18:11) Now Abraham and Sarah {were} old {and} well stricken in age; {and} it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
(Gen 18:12) Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
(Gen 18:13) And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
(Gen 18:14) 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.
(Gen 18:15) Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
(Gen 18:16) And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
(Gen 18:17) And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
(Gen 18:18) Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
(Gen 18:19) 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.
(Gen 18:20) And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
(Gen 18:21) 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.
(Gen 18:22) And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.
(Gen 18:23) And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
(Gen 18:24) Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that {are} therein?
(Gen 18:25) 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?
(Gen 18:26) And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
(Gen 18:27) And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which {am but} dust and ashes:
(Gen 18:28) 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}.
(Gen 18:29) 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.
(Gen 18:30) 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.
(Gen 18:31) 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.
(Gen 18:32) 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.
(Gen 18:33) And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
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