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The Book of Genesis, chapter 18

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God as guest with Abraham

Gen 18.1The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the tent entrance during the midday heat.Gen 18.2He looked up and saw three men standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran to meet them from the entrance to the tent and prostrated himself to the groundGen 18.3and said: Sir, when I have found your favor, don't go past your servant!Gen 18.4Some water will be fetched; then you can wash your feet and rest under the tree.Gen 18.5I want to get a bite of bread and you can then go on after a little refreshment; for that is why you came to see your servant. They replied: Do as you said.Gen 18.6So Abraham hurried to Sarah into the tent and called out: Quickly, three seas of fine flour! Touch it and bake bread rolls!Gen 18.7He ran on to the cattle, took a tender, magnificent calf and handed it to the young man, who quickly prepared it.Gen 18.8Then Abraham took butter, milk, and the calf that he had prepared and set it before them. He waited for them under the tree while they ate.Gen 18.9They asked him: where is your wife Sara? There in the tent, he said.Gen 18.10Then said the Lord, I will come back to you in a year, and then your wife Sarah will have a son. Sara listened behind his back at the tent entrance.Gen 18.11Abraham and Sarah were old; they were getting on in years. Sara has long since ceased to fare as women usually do.Gen 18.12Sara therefore laughed quietly to herself and thought: I am already old and worn out and should I still experience the happiness of love? Also, my lord is already an old man!Gen 18.13The Lord said to Abraham: Why is Sarah laughing and saying: Shall I really still have children, even though I am so old?Gen 18.14Is something impossible with the Lord? This time next year I'll come to you again; then Sara will have a son.Gen 18.15Sara denied: I didn't laugh. Because she was scared. But he said: Yes, you laughed.Gen 18.16The men rose from their seats and looked at Sodom. Abraham wanted to go with them to say goodbye.Gen 18.17Then the Lord said to himself: Shall I keep a secret from Abraham what I am about to do?Gen 18.18Abraham is supposed to become a great, mighty people, through him all the peoples of the earth are to receive blessings.Gen 18:19For I have chosen him to charge his sons and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is good and right so that the Lord may fulfill his promises to Abraham.Gen 18.20The Lord said thus: The cry of lamentation over Sodom and Gomorrah, yes, that has become loud, and their sin, yes, it is grave.Gen 18.21I want to go down and see if what you are doing really corresponds to the cry of lament that has reached me. I want to know.Gen 18.22The men turned away from there and walked towards Sodom. But Abraham still stood before the Lord.Gen 18.23He stepped closer and said: Do you also want to pull up the righteous with the wicked?Gen 18.24Perhaps there are fifty righteous people in the city: Do you want to pick them up too and not forgive the place because of the fifty righteous people there?Gen 18.25You can't do that, kill the righteous with the wicked. Then it would be the same for the righteous as for the nefarious. You can't do that. Shouldn't the judge keep the law over the whole earth?Gen 18.26Then said the Lord, If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, in the city, I will forgive the whole place because of them.Gen 18.27Abraham answered and said, I have now undertaken to speak to my master, although I am dust and ashes.Gen 18.28Perhaps of the fifty righteous, five are missing. Are you going to destroy the whole city because of those five? No, he said, I won't destroy them when I find forty-five there.Gen 18.29He went on to speak to him: there may only be forty there. Then he said, I will not do it because of the forty.Gen 18.30And he went on to say: Sir, don't be angry if I keep talking. Maybe there are only thirty there. He replied: I won't do it if I find thirty there.Gen 18.31Then he said: I have now made it up to speak to my master. Maybe there are only twenty there. He replied: I will not destroy her for the sake of twenty.Gen 18.32And again he said: My Lord will not be angry if I only take the floor one more time. Maybe there are only ten there. And again he said, I will not destroy her for ten sake.Gen 18.33After the Lord finished speaking with Abraham, He went away and Abraham returned home.