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Genesis 18 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Yahweh Appears to Abraham

(Heb 13:2 )
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Then Yahweh appeared to him by the [fn]oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:2 - And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing nearby; he saw, and he ran from the tent door to meet them, and he bowed himself to the earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:3 - and he said, “[fn]My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not [fn]pass Your servant by.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:4 - “Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and [fn]rest yourselves under the tree;
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:5 - and let me [fn]bring a piece of bread, that you may [fn]refresh your hearts; after that you may pass on, since in such a manner you have passed by your servant.” And they said, “So you shall do, as you have said.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:6 - So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “[fn]Hurry, prepare [fn]three seahs of fine flour, knead it, and make bread cakes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:7 - Abraham also ran to the herd and took a tender and [fn]choice calf and gave it to his young man, and he hurried to prepare it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:8 - Then he took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree, and they ate.
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Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “There, in the tent.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:10 - And He said, “I will surely return to you [fn]at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door which was behind him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:11 - Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past [fn]childbearing.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:12 - And Sarah laughed [fn]to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:13 - And Yahweh said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed [fn]bear a son, when I am so old?’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:14 - “Is anything too [fn]difficult for Yahweh? At the appointed time I will return to you, [fn]at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:15 - Then Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

Yahweh and Abraham Speak About Sodom

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Then the men rose up from there and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:17 - Now Yahweh said, “Shall I conceal from Abraham what I am about to do,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:18 - since Abraham will surely become a great and [fn]mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:19 - “For I have [fn]known him, so that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of Yahweh to do righteousness and justice, so that Yahweh may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:20 - So Yahweh said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:21 - “I will go down now and see whether they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”
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Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:23 - Then Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:24 - “Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not [fn]spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:25 - “Far be it from You to do [fn]such a thing, to put to death the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do justice?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:26 - So Yahweh said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will [fn]spare the whole place on their account.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:27 - And Abraham answered and said, “Now behold, I have [fn]ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:28 - “Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?” And He said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:29 - Then he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose forty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it on account of the forty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:30 - Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?” And He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:31 - And he said, “Now behold, I have [fn]ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the twenty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:32 - Then he said, “Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it on account of the ten.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:33 - And as soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham, Yahweh departed, and Abraham returned to his place.
LSB Footnotes
Or terebinths
Or O Lord
Lit pass away from Your servant
Lit support
Lit take
Lit sustain your heart
Lit Hasten 3 measures
Approx. 21 qt. or 23 l, a seah was approx. 7 qt. or 7.7 l
Lit good
Lit when the time revives
Lit the manner of women
Lit within
Lit surely bear
Or marvelous
Lit when the time revives
Or populous
Or chosen
Or forgive
Lit after this manner
Or forgive
Lit undertaken
Lit undertaken

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