And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door
in the heat of the day;
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
And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray
thee, from thy servant:
Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves
under the tree:
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
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.
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.
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.
And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the
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
Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with
Sarah after the manner of women.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have
pleasure, my lord being old also?
And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a
surety bear a child, which am old?
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.
Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but
thou didst laugh.
And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with
them to bring them on the way.
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the
nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
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 judgement; that the LORD may
bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because
their sin is very grievous;
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.
And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham
stood yet before the LORD.
And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the
Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and
not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
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?
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will
spare all the place for their sakes.
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the
LORD, which am but dust and ashes:
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
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.
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
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
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
And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and
Abraham returned unto his place.