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Book of Genesis  Chapter 18

GENESIS 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;

GENESIS 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,

GENESIS 18:3  And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not  away, I pray thee, from thy servant:

GENESIS 18:4  Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and  rest yourselves under the tree:

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 18:9  And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold,  in the tent.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 18:12  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old  shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

GENESIS 18:13  And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying,  Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 18:15  Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he  said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

GENESIS 18:16  And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and  Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

GENESIS 18:17  And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

GENESIS 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?

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 18:20  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is  great, and because their sin is very grievous;

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 18:22  And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom:  but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

GENESIS 18:23  And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the  righteous with the wicked?

GENESIS 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?

GENESIS 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?

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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:

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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.

GENESIS 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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