1: And the LORD appeared to him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2: And he lifted 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 favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: 4: Let a little water, I pray you, be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 5: And I will bring a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that you 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 to Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead [it], and make cakes upon the hearth. 7: And Abraham ran to the herd, and brought a calf tender and good, and gave [it] to 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 ate. 9: And they said to him, Where [is] Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10: And he said, I will certainly return to 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] far advanced in age; [and] it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12: Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am become old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13: And the LORD said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I certainly bear a child, who am old? 14: Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return to 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 household after him, and they will 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 to me; and if not, I will know. 22: And the men turned their faces from thence, and went towards 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 are fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that [are] in it? 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, who [am] dust and ashes, have taken upon me to speak to the Lord. 28: Peradventure there will 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 spoke to him yet again, and said, Peradventure there will be forty found there. And he said, I will not do [it] for forty's sake. 30: And he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there will 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 to the Lord: Peradventure there will 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 will 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 to his place.