Bereishit - Genesis 18
1And the Lord appeared unto him by the terebinths of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed down to the earth,
3and said: ‘My lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant.
4Let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and recline yourselves under the tree.
5And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and stay ye your heart; after that ye shall pass on; forasmuch as ye are come to your servant.’ And they said: ‘So do, as thou hast said.’
6And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said: ‘Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.’
7And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto the servant; and he hastened to dress it.
8And he took curd, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
9And they said unto him: ‘Where is Sarah thy wife?’ And he said: ‘Behold, in the tent.’
10And He said: ‘I will certainly return unto thee when the season cometh round; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.’ And Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him.—
11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.—
12And Sarah laughed within herself, saying: ‘After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’
13And the Lord said unto Abraham: ‘Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying: Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am old?
14Is any thing too hard for the Lord. At the set time I will return unto thee, when the season cometh round, and Sarah shall have a son.’
15Then Sarah denied, saying: ‘I laughed not’; for she was afraid. And He said: ‘Nay; but thou didst laugh.’
16And the men rose up from thence, and looked out toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17And the Lord said: ‘Shall I hide from Abraham that which I am doing;
18seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.’
20And the Lord said: ‘Verily, the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and, verily, their sin is exceeding grievous.
21I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know.’
22And the men turned from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.
23And Abraham drew near, and said: ‘Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24Peradventure there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou indeed sweep away and not forgive the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked; that be far from Thee; shall not the judge of all the earth do justly?’
26And the Lord said: ‘If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will forgive all the place for their sake.’
27And Abraham answered and said: ‘Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.
28Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack of five?’ And He said: ‘I will not destroy it, if I find there forty and five.’
29And he spoke unto Him yet again, and said: ‘Peradventure there shall be forty found there.’ And He said: ‘I will not do it for the forty’s sake.’
30And he said: ‘Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.’ And He said: ‘I will not do it, if I find thirty there.’
31And he said: ‘Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord. Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.’ And He said: ‘I will not destroy it for the twenty’s sake.’
32And he said: ‘Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once. Peradventure ten shall be found there.’ And He said: ‘I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.’
33And the Lord went His way, as soon as He had left off speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place.