1The LORD appeared to Abraham near the large trees of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent. It was the hottest time of the day.2Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. So he quickly left the entrance to his tent to greet them. He bowed low to the ground.3He said, ‘My lord, if you are pleased with me, don’t pass me by.4Let me get you some water. Then all of you can wash your feet and rest under this tree.5Let me get you something to eat to give you strength. Then you can go on your way. I want to do this for you now that you have come to me.’ ‘All right’, they answered. ‘Do as you say.’6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Get about 15 kilograms of the finest flour. Prepare it and bake some bread.’7Then he ran over to the herd. He picked out a choice, tender calf. He gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it.8Then he brought some butter and milk and the calf that had been prepared. He served them to the three men. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.9‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ they asked him. ‘Over there in the tent,’ he said.10Then one of them said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year. Your wife Sarah will have a son.’ Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.11Abraham and Sarah were already very old. Sarah was too old to have a baby.12So she laughed to herself. She thought, ‘I’m worn out, and my husband is old. Can I really know the joy of having a baby?’13Then the LORD said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, “Will I really have a baby, now that I am old?”14Is anything too hard for me? I will return to you at the appointed time next year. Sarah will have a son.’15Sarah was afraid. So she lied and said, ‘I didn’t laugh.’ But the LORD said, ‘Yes, you laughed.’
Abraham pleads for Sodom
16The men got up to leave. They looked down towards Sodom. Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way.17Then the LORD said, ‘Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?18He will certainly become a great and powerful nation. All nations on earth will be blessed because of him.19I have chosen him. He must direct his children to live in the way that pleases me. And he must direct the members of his family after him to do the same. So he must guide all of them in doing what is right and fair. Then I, the LORD, will do for Abraham what I have promised him.’20The LORD also said, ‘The cries against Sodom and Gomorrah are very great. Their sin is so bad21that I will go down and see for myself. I want to see if what they have done is as bad as the cries that have reached me. If it is not, then I will know.’22The men turned away and went towards Sodom. But Abraham remained standing in front of the LORD.23Then Abraham came up to him. He said, ‘Will you sweep away godly people along with those who are evil?24What if there are 50 godly people in the city? Will you really sweep it away? Won’t you spare the place because of the 50 godly people in it?25You would never kill godly people along with those who are evil, would you? Would you treat them all alike? You would never do anything like that! Won’t the Judge of the whole earth do what is right?’26The LORD said, ‘If I find 50 godly people in the city of Sodom, I will spare it. I will spare the whole place because of them.’27Then Abraham spoke up again. He said, ‘I have been very bold to speak to the Lord. After all, I’m only dust and ashes.28What if the number of godly people is five fewer than 50? Will you destroy the whole city because there are five fewer people?’ ‘If I find 45 there,’ he said, ‘I will not destroy it.’29Once again Abraham spoke to him. He asked, ‘What if only 40 are found there?’ He said, ‘If there are 40, I will not do it.’30Then Abraham said, ‘Lord, please don’t be angry with me. Let me speak. What if only 30 can be found there?’ He answered, ‘If I find 30, I will not do it.’31Abraham said, ‘I have been very bold to speak to the Lord. What if only 20 can be found there?’ He said, ‘If I find 20, I will not destroy it.’32Then he said, ‘Lord, please don’t be angry with me. Let me speak just one more time. What if only ten can be found there?’ He answered, ‘If I find ten, I will not destroy it.’33When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left. And Abraham returned home.
English Standard Version
1And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. (Ge 13:18; Ge 14:13)2He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth (Ge 19:1; Heb 13:2)3and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant.4Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, (Ge 19:2; Ge 24:32; Ge 43:24; Lu 7:44; Joh 13:14)5while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” (Ge 19:8; Ge 33:10; Jud 19:5; Ps 104:15)6And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.”7And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly.8Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.9They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” (Ge 24:67)10The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. (Ge 17:19; Ge 17:21; Ge 18:14; Ge 21:2; 2Ki 4:16; Ro 9:9)11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. (Ge 17:17; Ro 4:19; Heb 11:11)12So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” (Ge 17:17; Lu 1:18; 1Pe 3:6)13The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’14Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” (Ge 18:10; Job 42:2; Jer 32:17; Jer 32:27; Zec 8:6; Mt 19:26; Lu 1:37)15But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”16Then the men set out from there, and they looked down toward Sodom. And Abraham went with them to set them on their way.17The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, (Ps 25:14; Am 3:7; Joh 15:15)18seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? (Ge 12:3; Ge 22:18; Ge 26:4; Ac 3:25; Ga 3:8)19For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” (Am 3:2)20Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, (Ge 4:10; Ge 19:13; Isa 3:9; Eze 16:49; Jas 5:4)21I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.” (Ge 11:5; Ge 11:7; Ex 3:8; Jos 22:22)
Abraham Intercedes for Sodom
22So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. (Ge 18:1; Ge 18:16; Ge 19:1; Ps 106:23; Jer 18:20)23Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? (Ge 20:4; Nu 16:22; 2Sa 24:17)24Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it?25Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (De 32:4; Job 8:3; Job 8:20; Job 34:10; Ro 3:5)26And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” (Isa 65:8; Jer 5:1; Eze 22:30)27Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. (Lu 18:1)28Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”29Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”30Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”31He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”32Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” (Jud 6:39)33And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.