Abraham entertaineth three angels.
Genesis 18:1 And Jehovah appeareth unto him among the oaks of Mamre, and he is sitting at the opening of the tent, about the heat of the day; Genesis 18:2 and he lifteth up his eyes and looketh, and lo, three men standing by him, and he seeth, and runneth to meet them from the opening of the tent, and boweth himself towards the earth, Genesis 18:3 And he saith, 'My Lord, if, I pray thee, I have found grace in thine eyes, do not, I pray thee, pass on from thy servant; Genesis 18:4 let, I pray thee, a little water be accepted, and wash your feet, and recline under the tree; Genesis 18:5 and I bring a piece of bread, and support ye your heart; afterwards pass on, for therefore have ye passed over unto your servant;' and they say, 'So mayest thou do as thou has spoken.' Genesis 18:6 And Abraham hasteth towards the tent, unto Sarah, and saith, 'Hasten three measures of flour-meal, knead, and make cakes;' Genesis 18:7 and Abraham ran unto the herd, and taketh a son of the herd, tender and good, and giveth unto the young man, and he hasteth to prepare it; Genesis 18:8 and he taketh butter and milk, and the son of the herd which he hath prepared, and setteth before them; and he is standing by them under the tree, and they do eat.
Sarah is reproved for laughing at the strange promise.
Genesis 18:9 And they say unto him, 'Where [is] Sarah thy wife?' and he saith, 'Loin the tent;' Genesis 18:10 and he saith, 'returning I return unto thee, about the time of life, and lo, to Sarah thy wife a son.' Genesis 18:11 And Sarah is hearkening at the opening of the tent, which is behind him; Genesis 18:12 and Abraham and Sarah [are] aged, entering into daysthe way of women hath ceased to be to Sarah; Genesis 18:13 and Sarah laugheth in her heart, saying, 'After I have waxed old I have had pleasure!my lord also [is] old!' Genesis 18:14 And Jehovah saith unto Abraham, 'Why [is] this? Sarah hath laughed, saying, Is it true reallyI bearand I am aged? Is any thing too wonderful for Jehovah? at the appointed time I return unto thee, about the time of life, and Sarah hath a son.' Genesis 18:15 And Sarah denieth, saying, 'I did not laugh;' for she hath been afraid; and He saith, 'Nay, but thou didst laugh.'
Genesis 18:16 And the men rise from thence, and look on the face of Sodom, and Abraham is going with them to send them away;
The destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham.
Genesis 18:17 and Jehovah said, 'Am I concealing from Abraham that which I am doing, Genesis 18:18 and Abraham certainly becometh a nation great and mighty, and blessed in him have been all nations of the earth? Genesis 18:19 for I have known him, that he commandeth his children, and his house after him (and they have kept the way of Jehovah), to do righteousness and judgment, that Jehovah may bring on Abraham that which He hath spoken concerning him.' Genesis 18:20 And Jehovah saith, 'The cry of Sodom and Gomorrahbecause great; and their sinbecause exceeding grievous: Genesis 18:21 I go down now, and see whether according to its cry which is coming unto Me they have done completelyand if notI know;' Genesis 18:22 and the men turn from thence, and go towards Sodom; and Abraham is yet standing before Jehovah.
Abraham maketh intercession for the men thereof.
Genesis 18:23 And Abraham draweth nigh and saith, 'Dost Thou also consume righteous with wicked? Genesis 18:24 peradventure there are fifty righteous in the midst of the city; dost Thou also consume, and not bear with the place for the sake of the fiftythe righteous who [are] in its midst? Genesis 18:25 Far be it from Thee to do according to this thing, to put to death the righteous with the wicked; that it hath beenas the righteous so the wickedfar be it from Thee; doth the Judge of all the earth not do justice?' Genesis 18:26 And Jehovah saith, 'If I find in Sodom fifty righteous in the midst of the city, then have I borne with all the place for their sake.' Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answereth and saith, 'Lo, I pray thee, I have willed to speak unto the Lord, and Idust and ashes; Genesis 18:28 peradventure there are lacking five of the fifty righteousdost Thou destroy for five the whole of the city?' and He saith, 'I destroy [it] not, if I find there forty and five.' Genesis 18:29 And he addeth again to speak unto Him and saith, 'Peradventure there are found there forty?' and He saith, 'I do [it] not, because of the forty.' Genesis 18:30 And he saith, 'Let it not be, I Pray thee, displeasing to the Lord, and I speak: peradventure there are found there thirty?' and He saith, 'I do [it] not, if I find there thirty.' Genesis 18:31 And he saith, 'Lo, I pray thee, I have willed to speak unto the Lord: peradventure there are found there twenty?' and He saith, 'I do not destroy [it], because of the twenty.' Genesis 18:32 And he saith, 'Let it not be, I pray Thee, displeasing to the Lord, and I speak only this time: peradventure there are found there ten?' and He saith, 'I do not destroy [it], because of the ten.' Genesis 18:33 And Jehovah goeth on, when He hath finished speaking unto Abraham, and Abraham hath turned back to his place.