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- 2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Be- ! his hand will be against every man, hold now, the LORD hath restrained and every man's hand against him; me from bearing : I pray thee, go in and he shall dwell in the presence of unto my maid; it may be that I may all his brethren. obtain children by her. And Abram 13 And she called the name of hearkened to the voice of Sarai. the LORD that spake unto her, Thou

3 And Sarai Abram's wife took God seest me: for she said, Have I Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after also here looked after him that seeth Abram had dwelt ten years in the me? land of Canaan, and gave her to her 14 Wherefore the well was called husband Abram to be his wife.

Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between 4 And he went in unto Hagar, Kadesh and Bered. and she conceived: and when she 15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: saw that she had conceived, her and Abram called his son's name, mistress was despised in her eyes. which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My 16 And Abram was fourscore and wrong be upon thee: I have given six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmy maid into thy bosom; and when mael to Abram. she saw that she had conceived, I

CH AP. XVII. was despised in her eyes : the LORD judge between me and thee.

AND when Abram was ninety 6 But Abram said unto Sarai, years old and nine, the LORD apBehold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when I am the Almighty God; walk beSarai dealt hardly with her, she fled fore me, and be thou perfect. from her face.

2 And I will make my covenant 7 And the angel of the LORD between me and thee, and will mulfound her by a fountain of water in tiply thee exceedingly. the wilderness, by the fountain in 3 And Abram fell on his face: the way to Shur.

and God talked with him, saying, 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant whence camest thou? and whither is with thee, and thou shalt be a fawilt thou go? And she said, I flee ther of many nations. from the face of my mistress Sarai. 5 Neither shall thy name any

9 And the angel of the LORD said more be called Abram, but thy name unto her, Return to thy mistress, and shall be Abraham ; for a father of submit thyself under her hands. many nations have I made thee.

10 And the angel of the LORD 6 And I will make thee exceeding said unto her, I will multiply thy fruitful, and I will make nations of seed exceedingly, that it shall not thee, and kings shall come out of be numbered for multitude.

thee. 11 And the angel of the LORD 7 And I will establish my covesaid unto her, Behold, thou art with nant between me and thee and thy child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt seed after thee in their generations call his name Ishmael; because the for an everlasting covenant, to be a Lord hath heard thy affliction. God unto thee, and to thy seed af

12 And he will be a wild man; ter thee.

8 And I will give unto thee, and that is an hundred years old ? and to thy seed after thee, the land shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, wherein thou art a stranger, all the bear? land of Canaan, for an everlast 18 And Abraham said unto God, ing possession; and I will be their O that Ishmael might live before God.

thee! 9 And God said unto Abraham, 19 And God said, Sarah thy wife Thou shalt keep my covenant there shall bear thee a son indeed; and fore, thou, and thy seed after thee in thou shalt call his name Isaac: and their generations.

I will establish my covenant with 10 This is my covenant, which him for an everlasting covenant, and ye shall keep, between me and you with his seed after him. and thy seed after thee; Every man 20 And as for Ishmael, I have child among you shall be circum heard thee: Behold, I have blessed cised.

him, and will make him fruitful, 11 And ye shall circumcise the and will multiply him exceedingly; flesh of your foreskin; and it shall twelve princes shall he beget, and I be a token of the covenant betwixt will make him a great nation. me and you.

21 But my covenant will I esta12 And he that is eight days old blish with Isaac, which Sarah shall shall be circumcised among you, bear unto thee at this set time in the every man child in your genera next year. tions, he that is born in the house, or 22 And he left off talking with bought with money of any stranger, him, and God went up from Abrawhich is not of thy seed.

ham. 13 He that is born in thy house, 23 And Abraham took Ishmael and he that is bought with thy mo his son, and all that were born in his ney, must needs be circumcised : house, and all that were bought with and my covenant shall be in your his money, every male among the flesh for an everlasting covenant. men of Abraham's house; and cir

14 And the uncircumcised man cumcised the flesh of their foreskin child whose flesh of his foreskin is in the selfsame day, as God had said not circumcised, that soul shall be unto him. cut off from his people; he hath 24 And Abraham was ninety broken my covenant.

years old and nine, when he was 15 And God said unto Abraham, circumcised in the flesh of his foreAs for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not

skin. call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall 25 And Ishmael his son was thirher name be.

teen years o!d, when he was circum16 And I will bless her, and give cised in the flesh of his foreskin. thee a son also of her: yea, I will 26 In the selfsame day was Abrabless her, and she shall be a mother ham circumcised, and Ishmael his of nations; kings of people shall be son. of her.

27 And all the men of his house, 17 Then Abraham fell upon his born in the house, and bought with face, and laughed, and said in his money of the stranger, were circumheart, Shall a child be born unto him cised with him.

CHAP. XVIII. And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant :

4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts ; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.

6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.

7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.

8 And he took butter, 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.

9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old ?

14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his houshold after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

21 I 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.

22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked ?

24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes :

28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous : wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.

30 And he said unto him, 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. · 31 And 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 twenty's sake.

32 And 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 ten's sake.

33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham : and Abraham returned unto his place.

CHAP. XIX. AND there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter :

5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after

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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 city.

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

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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