1Yahweh appeared to him at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent duringthe hottest part of the day. 2He looked up, and there he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them he ran fromthe entrance of the tent to greet them, and bowed to the ground. 3'My lord,' he said, 'if I find favour with you, please do not pass your servant by. 4Let me have a little water brought, and you can wash your feet and have a rest under the tree. 5Let me fetch a little bread and you can refresh yourselves before going further, now that you havecome in your servant's direction.' They replied, 'Do as you say.' 6Abraham hurried to the tent and said to Sarah, 'Quick, knead three measures of best flour and makeloaves.' 7Then, running to the herd, Abraham took a fine and tender calf and gave it to the servant, who hurriedto prepare it. 8Then taking curds, milk and the calf which had been prepared, he laid al before them, and they atewhile he remained standing near them under the tree. 9'Where is your wife Sarah?' they asked him. 'She is in the tent,' he replied. 10Then his guest said, 'I shal come back to you next year, and then your wife Sarah will have a son.'Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent behind him. 11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, wel on in years, and Sarah had ceased to have her monthlyperiods. 12So Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, 'Now that I am past the age of childbearing, and my husbandis an old man, is pleasure to come my way again?' 13But Yahweh asked Abraham, 'Why did Sarah laugh and say, "Am I real y going to have a child nowthat I am old?" 14Nothing is impossible for Yahweh. I shal come back to you at the same time next year and Sarahwil have a son.' 15Sarah said, 'I did not laugh,' lying because she was afraid. But he replied, 'Oh yes, you did laugh.' 16From there the men set out and arrived within sight of Sodom, with Abraham accompanying them tospeed them on their way. 17Now Yahweh had wondered, 'Shall I conceal from Abraham what I am going to do, 18as Abraham wil become a great and powerful nation and al nations on earth wil bless themselvesby him? 19For I have singled him out to command his sons and his family after him to keep the way of Yahwehby doing what is upright and just, so that Yahweh can carry out for Abraham what he has promised him.' 20Then Yahweh said, 'The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin is so grave, 21that I shal go down and see whether or not their actions are at all as the outcry reaching me wouldsuggest. Then I shal know.' 22While the men left there and went to Sodom, Yahweh remained in Abraham's presence. 23Abraham stepped forward and said, 'Wil you really destroy the upright with the guilty? 24Suppose there are fifty upright people in the city. Wil you really destroy it? Wil you not spare theplace for the sake of the fifty upright in it? 25Do not think of doing such a thing: to put the upright to death with the guilty, so that upright and guiltyfare alike! Is the judge of the whole world not to act justly?' 26Yahweh replied, 'If I find fifty upright people in the city of Sodom, I wil spare the whole placebecause of them.' 27Abraham spoke up and said, 'It is presumptuous of me to speak to the Lord, I who am dust andashes: 28Suppose the fifty upright were five short? Would you destroy the whole city because of five?' 'No,' hereplied, 'I shal not destroy it if I find forty-five there.' 29Abraham persisted and said, 'Suppose there are forty to be found there?' 'I shal not do it,' he replied,'for the sake of the forty.' 30Abraham said, 'I hope the Lord wil not be angry if I go on: Suppose there are only thirty to be foundthere?' 'I shall not do it,' he replied, 'if I find thirty there.' 31He said, 'It is presumptuous of me to speak to the Lord: Suppose there are only twenty there?' 'I shallnot destroy it,' he replied, 'for the sake of the twenty.' 32He said, 'I trust my Lord wil not be angry if I speak once more: perhaps there wil only be ten.' 'I shalnot destroy it,' he replied, 'for the sake of the ten.' 33When he had finished talking to Abraham Yahweh went away, and Abraham returned home.
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