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Genesis 18 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Son Is Promised to Sarah
(Heb 13:2 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:1 - The LORD appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:2 - He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:3 - “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:4 - Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:5 - And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.”
“All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:6 - So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures[fn] of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:7 - Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:8 - When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:9 - “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked.
“She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:10 - Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!”
Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:11 - Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:12 - So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:13 - Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:14 - Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:15 - Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”
But the LORD said, “No, you did laugh.”
Abraham Intercedes for Sodom
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:16 - Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to send them on their way.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:17 - “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the LORD asked.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:18 - “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:19 - I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:20 - So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:21 - I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:22 - The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the LORD remained with Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:23 - Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:24 - Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes?
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:25 - Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:26 - And the LORD replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:27 - Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:28 - Suppose there are only forty-five righteous people rather than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?”
And the LORD said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five righteous people there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:29 - Then Abraham pressed his request further. “Suppose there are only forty?”
And the LORD replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the forty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:30 - “Please don’t be angry, my Lord,” Abraham pleaded. “Let me speak—suppose only thirty righteous people are found?”
And the LORD replied, “I will not destroy it if I find thirty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:31 - Then Abraham said, “Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue—suppose there are only twenty?”
And the LORD replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:32 - Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?”
And the LORD replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 18:33 - When the LORD had finished his conversation with Abraham, he went on his way, and Abraham returned to his tent.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew 3 seahs, about 15 quarts or 18 liters.

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