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CHAP. XVIII.

11 Now Abraham and Sarah were

old and well stricken in age; and it AND the LORD appeared unto ceased to be with Sarah after the him in the plains of Mamre: and he manner of women. sat in the tent door in the heat of 12 Therefore Sarah laughed withthe day;

in herself, saying, After I am waxed 2 And he lift up his eyes and old shall I have pleasure, my lord looked, and, lo, three men stood by being old also? him: and when he saw them, he ran 13 And the Lord said unto Abrato meet them from the tent door, and ham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, bowed himself toward the ground, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a

3 And said, My Lord, if now I child, which am old ? have found favour in thy sight, pass 14 Is any thing too hard for the not away, I pray thee, from thy LORD? At the time appointed I will servant:

return unto thee, according to the 4 Let a little water, I pray you, time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. be fetched, and wash your feet, and 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I rest yourselves under the tree:

laughed not; for she was afraid. 5 And I will fetch a morsel of And he said, Nay; but thou didst bread, and comfort ye your hearts; laugh. after that ye shall pass on : for there 16 And the men rose up from fore are ye come to your servant. thence, and looked toward Sodom : And they said, So do, as thou hast and Abraham went with them to said.

bring them on the way. 6 And Abraham hastened into the 17 And the LORD said, Shall I tent unto Sarah, and said, Make hide from Abraham that thing which ready quickly three measures of fine

I do; meal, knead it, and make cakes upon 18 Seeing that Abraham shall the hearth.

surely become a great and mighty 7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, nation, and all the nations of the and fetched a calf tender and good, earth shall be blessed in him? and gave it unto a young man; and 19 For I know him, that he will he hasted to dress it.

command his children and his hous8 And he took butter, and milk, hold after him, and they shall keep and the calf which he had dressed, the way of the Lord, to do justice and set it before them; and he stood and judgment; that the LORD may by them under the tree, and they bring upon Abraham that which he did eat.

hath spoken of him. 9 And they said unto him, Where 20 And the LORD said, Because is Sarah thy wife? And he said, the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is Behold, in the tent.

great, and because their sin is very 10 And he said, I will certainly grievous; return unto thee according to the 21 I will go down now, and see time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife whether they have done altogether shall have a son. And Sarah heard according to the cry of it, which is it in the tent door, which was be come unto me; and if not, I will hind him.

know.

22 And the men turned their || be found there. And he said, I will faces from thence, and went toward not destroy it for ten's sake. Sodom: but Abraham stood yet be 33 And the LORD went his way, fore the LORD.

as soon as he had left communing 23 And Abraham drew near, and with Abraham : and Abraham resaid, Wilt thou also destroy the turned unto his place. righteous with the wicked ? 24 Peradventure there be fifty

CHAP. XIX. righteous within the city : wilt thou AND there came two angels to also destroy and not spare the place Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the for the fifty righteous that are therein? gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them

25 That be far from thee to do rose up to meet them; and he bowafter this manner, to slay the right ed himself with his face toward the eous with the wicked: and that the ground; righteous should be as the wicked, 2 And he said, Behold now, my that be far from thee: Shall not the lords, turn in, I pray you, into your Judge of all the earth do right? servant's house, and tarry all night,

26 And the LORD said, If I find and wash your feet, and ye shall rise in Sodom fifty righteous within the up early, and go on your ways. And city, then I will spare all the place they said, Nay; but we will abide in for their sakes.

the street all night. 27 And Abraham answered and 3 And he pressed upon them said, Behold now, I have taken upon greatly; and they turned in unto me to speak unto the LORD, which him, and entered into his house; am but dust and ashes :

and he made them a feast, and did 28 Peradventure there shall lack bake unleavened bread, and they five of the fifty righteous : wilt thou did eat. destroy all the city for lack of five? 4 But before they lay down, the And he said, If I find there forty and men of the city, even the men of five, I will not destroy it.

Sodom, compassed the house round, 29 And he spake unto him yet both old and young, all the people again, and said, Peradventure there from every quarter : shall be forty found there. And he 5 And they called unto Lot, and said, I will not do it for forty's sake. said unto him, Where are the men

30 And he said unto him, Oh let which came in to thee this night? not the Lord be angry, and I will bring them out unto us, that we may speak: Peradventure there shall thirty know them. be found there. And he said, I will 6 And Lot went out at the door not do it, if I find thirty there.

unto them, and shut the door after · 31 And he said, Behold now, I

him, have taken upon me to speak unto 7 And said, I pray you, brethren, the Lord: Peradventure there shall do not so wickedly. be twenty found there. And he said, 8 Behold now, I have two daughI will not destroy it for twenty's sake. ters which have not known man; let

32 And he said, Oh let not the me, I pray you, bring them out unto LORD be angry, and I will speak yet you, and do ye to them as is good but this once: Peradventure ten shall II in your eyes : only unto these men

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do nothing; for therefore came they! under the shadow of my roof.

9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides ? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord :

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and,

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mi: the same is the father of the 29 And it came to pass, when children of Ammon unto this day. God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and

CHAP. XX. sent Lot out of the midst of the AND Abraham journeyed from overthrow, when he overthrew the thence toward the south country, cities in the which Lot dwelt.

and dwelled between Kadesh and 30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. and dwelt in the mountain, and his 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his two daughters with him; for he wife, She is my sister : and Abimefeared to dwell in Zoar: and he lech king of Gerar sent, and took dwelt in a cave, he and his two Sarah. daughters.

3 But God came to Abimelech in . 31 And the firstborn said unto a dream by night, and said to him, the younger, Our father is old, and Behold, thou art but a dead man, for there is not a man in the earth to the woman which thou hast taken; come in unto us after the manner for she is a man's wife. of all the earth :

4 But Abimelech had not come 32 Come, let us make our father near her: and he said, LORD, wilt drink wine, and we will lie with him, thou slay also a righteous nation? that we may preserve seed of our 5 Said he not unto me, She is my father.

sister? and she, even she herself said, 33 And they made their father He is my brother: in the integrity drink wine that night: and the first of my heart and innocency of my born went in, and lay with her fa hands have I done this. ther; and he perceived not when she 6 And God said unto him in a lay down, nor when she arose. dream, Yea, I know that thou didst

34 And it came to pass on the this in the integrity of thy heart; for morrow, that the firstborn said unto I also withheld thee from sinning the younger, Behold, I lay yester against me: therefore suffered I thee night with my father : let us make not to touch her. him drink wine this night also; and 7 Now therefore restore the man go thou in, and lie with him, that we his wife; for he is a prophet, and he may preserve seed of our father. shall pray for thee, and thou shalt

35 And they made their father live: and if thou restore her not, drink wine that night also: and the know thou that thou shalt surely die, younger arose, and lay with him; thou, and all that are thine. and he perceived not when she lay 8 Therefore Abimelech rose early down, nor when she arose.

in the morning, and called all his ser36 Thus were both the daughters vants, and told all these things in their of Lot with child by their father. ears : and the men were sore afraid.

37 And the firstborn bare a son, 9 Then Abimelech called Abraand called his name Moab: the same ham, and said unto him, What hast is the father of the Moabites unto thou done unto us? and what have I this day.

offended thee, that thou hast brought 38 And the younger, she also bare on me and on my kingdom a great sin ? thou hast done deeds unto me 2 For Sarah conceived, and bare that ought not to be done.

Abraham a son in his old age, at the 10 And Abimelech said unto A set time of which God had spoken braham, What sawest thou, that thou to him. hast done this thing?

3 And Abraham called the name 11 And Abraham said, Because I of his son that was born unto him, thought, Surely the fear of God is whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. not in this place; and they will slay 4 And Abraham circumcised his me for my wife's sake.

son Isaac being eight days old, as

God had commanded him. she is the daughter of my father, but 5 And Abraham was an hundred not the daughter of my mother; and years old, when his son Isaac was she became my wife.

born unto him. 13 And it came to pass, when God 6 And Sarah said, God hath made caused me to wander from my fa me to laugh, so that all that hear will ther's house, that I said unto her, laugh with me. This is thy kindness which thou shalt 7 And she said, Who would have shew unto me; at every place whi said unto Abraham, that Sarah should ther we shall come, say of me, He is have given children suck? for I have my brother.

born him a son in his old age. 14 And Abimelech took sheep, 8 And the child grew, and was and oxen, and menservants, and wo weaned : and Abraham made a great menservants, and gave them unto feast the same day that Isaac was Abraham, and restored him Sarah weaned. his wife.

9 And Sarah saw the son of Ha15 And Abimelech said, Behold, gar the Egyptian, which she had my land is before thee: dwell where born unto Abraham, mocking. it pleaseth thee.

10 Wherefore she said unto Abra16 And unto Sarah he said, Be ham, Cast out this bondwoman and hold, I have given thy brother a her son: for the son of this bondthousand pieces of silver : behold, he woman shall not be heir with my is to thee a covering of the eyes, son, even with Isaac. unto all that are with thee, and with 11 And the thing was very grievall other: thus she was reproved. ous in Abraham's sight because of

17 So Abraham prayed unto God: his son. and God healed Abimelech, and his 12 And God said unto Abraham, wife, and his maidservants; and they Let it not be grievous in thy sight bare children.

because of the lad, and because of 18 For the LORD had fast closed thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah up all the wombs of the house of hath said unto thee, hearken unto Abimelech, because of Sarah Abra her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed ham's wife.

be called.

13 And also of the son of the CHAP. XXI.

bondwoman will I make a nation, AND the Lord visited Sarah as because he is thy seed. he had said, and the LORD did unto 14 And Abraham rose up early in Sarah as he had spoken.

the morning, and took bread, and a

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