Genesis: Chapter 18 (1534)

The boke of Genesis. The .xviij. Chapter.

  1. And the LORde apeared vnto him in the okegrove of Mamre as he sat in his tent doze in the heate of the daye.
  2. And he lyfte vp his eyes and looked: ad lo thre men stode not farr from hym. And whe he sawe them he ran agenst them from the tent dore and fell to the grounde
  3. and sayde: LORde yf I haue founde fauoure in thy syght goo not by thi seruaunte.
  4. Let a litle water be fett and wash youre fete and rest youre selves vnder the tree:
  5. And I will fett a morsell of breed to comforte youre hartes wythall. And tha goo youre wayes for even therfore ar ye come to youre servaunte. And they answered: Do even so as thou hast sayde.
  6. And Abraha went a pace in to his tent vnto Sara ad sayde: make redy att once thre peckes of fyne meale kneade it and make cakes.
  7. And Abraham ran vnto his beastes and fett a calfe that was tendre and good and gaue it vnto a yonge man which made it redy attonce.
  8. And he toke butter and mylcke and the calfe which he had prepared and sett it before them and stode hymselfe by them vnder the tree: and they ate.
  9. And they sayde vnto him: Where is Sara thy wife? And he sayde: in the tent.
  10. And he sayde: I will come agayne vnto the as soone as the frute can lyue. And loo: Sara thy wife shall haue a sonne. That herde Sara out of the tent doore which was behind his backe.
  11. Abraham and Sara were both olde and well stryken in age and it ceased to be with Sara after the maner as it is wyth wyves.
  12. And Sara laughed in hir selfe saynge: Now I am waxed olde shall I geue my selfe to lust and my lorde olde also?
  13. Than sayd the LORde vnto Abraha: wherfore doth Sara laughe saynge: shal I of a suertie bere a childe now when I am olde?
  14. is the thinge to harde for the LORde to do? In the tyme appoynted will I returne vnto the as soone as the frute can haue lyfe And Sara shall haue a sonne.
  15. Than Sara denyed it saynge: I laughed not for she was afrayde. But he sayde: yes thou laughtest.
  16. Than the men stode vp from thence ad loked towarde Sodome. And Abraham went with them to brynge them on the waye.
  17. And the LORde sayde: Can I hyde from Abraham that thinge which I am aboute to do
  18. seynge that Abraham shall be a great ad a myghtie people and all the nations of the erth shalbe blessed in him?
  19. For I knowe him that he will commaunde his childern and his housholde after him yt they kepe the waye of the LORde to do after righte and conscyence that the LORde may brynge vppon Abraham that he hath promysed him.
  20. And the LORde sayde? The crie of Sodome and Gomorra is great and there synne is excedynge grevous.
  21. I will go downe and see whether they haue done all to gedder acordynge to that crye which is come vnto me or not that I may knowe.
  22. And the me departed thece and went to Sodomeward. But Abraham stode yet before ye LORde
  23. and drewe nere and saydeWylt thou destroy the rightwes with the wyked?
  24. Yf there be .l. rightwes within the cyte wilt thou destroy it and not spare the place for the sake of .l. rightwes that are therin?
  25. That be farre from the that thou shuldest do after thys maner to sley the rightwes with the weked ad that the rightwes shulde be as the weked: that befarre from the. Shulde not the iudge of all ye worlde do acordynge to righte?
  26. And the LORde sayde: Yf I fynde in Sodome .l. rightwes within the cyte I will spare all the place for their sakes.
  27. And Abraham answered and sayde: beholde I haue taken vppon me to speake vnto ye LORde ad yet am but dust ad asshes.
  28. What though there lacke .v. of .l. rightwes wylt thou destroy all the cyte for lacke of .v? And he sayde: Yf I fynde there .xl. and .v. I will not destroy them.
  29. And he spake vnto him yet agayne and sayde: what yf there be .xl. foude there: And he sayde: I wyll not do it for forties sake.
  30. And he sayde: O let not my LORde be angrye that I speake. What yf there be foude .xxx. there? And he sayde: I will not do it yf I finde .xxx. there.
  31. And be sayde: Oh se I haue begonne to speake vnto my LORde what yf there be .xx. founde there? And he sayde: I will not distroy the for tweties sake.
  32. And he sayde: O let not my LORde be angrye that I speake yet but eue once more only. What yf ten be founde there?. And he sayde: I will not destroy the for .x. sake.
  33. And the LORde wet his waye as soone as he had lefte comenynge with Abraha. And Abraham returned vnto his place
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