17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, Yahweh appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty. Walk before me, and be blameless.
17:2 I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”
17:3 Abram fell on his face. God talked with him, saying,
17:4 “As for me, behold, my covenant is with you. You will be the father of a multitude of nations.
17:5 Neither will your name any more be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
17:6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you. Kings will come out of you.
17:7 I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you and to your seed after you.
17:8 I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land where you are traveling, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. I will be their God.”
17:9 God said to Abraham, “As for you, you will keep my covenant, you and your seed after you throughout their generations.
17:10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you. Every male among you shall be circumcised.
17:11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin. It will be a token of the covenant between me and you.
17:12 He who is eight days old will be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he who is born in the house, or bought with money from any foreigner who is not of your seed.
17:13 He who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your money, must be circumcised. My covenant will be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
17:14 The uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people. He has broken my covenant.”
17:15 God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but her name will be Sarah.
17:16 I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. Yes, I will bless her, and she will be a mother of nations. Kings of peoples will come from her.”
17:17 Then Abraham fell on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to him who is one hundred years old? Will Sarah, who is ninety years old, give birth?”
17:18 Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!”
17:19 God said, “No, but Sarah, your wife, will bear you a son. You shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his seed after him.
17:20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
17:21 But my covenant I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.”
17:22 When he finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
17:23 Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who were born in his house, and all who were bought with his money; every male among the men of Abraham’s house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the same day, as God had said to him.
17:24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
17:25 Ishmael, his son, was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
17:26 In the same day both Abraham and Ishmael, his son, were circumcised.
17:27 All the men of his house, those born in the house, and those bought with money of a foreigner, were circumcised with him.
18:1 Yahweh appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.
18:2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and saw that three men stood opposite him. When he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself to the earth,
18:3 and said, “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please don’t go away from your servant.
18:4 Now let a little water be fetched, wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.
18:5 I will get a morsel of bread so you can refresh your heart. After that you may go your way, now that you have come to your servant.” They said, “Very well, do as you have said.”
18:6 Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly prepare three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.”
18:7 Abraham ran to the herd, and fetched a tender and good calf, and gave it to the servant. He hurried to dress it.
18:8 He took butter, milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them. He stood by them under the tree, and they ate.
18:9 They asked him, “Where is Sarah, your wife?” He said, “See, in the tent.”
18:10 He said, “I will certainly return to you when the season comes round. Behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him.
18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age. Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.
18:12 Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old will I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
18:13 Yahweh said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Will I really bear a child, yet I am old?’
18:14 Is anything too hard for Yahweh? At the set time I will return to you, when the season comes round, and Sarah will have a son.”
18:15 Then Sarah denied, saying, “I didn’t laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”
18:16 The men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom. Abraham went with them to see them on their way.
18:17 Yahweh said, “Will I hide from Abraham what I do,
18:18 since Abraham has surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed in him?
18:19 For 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 Yahweh, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that Yahweh may bring on Abraham that which he has spoken of him.”
18:20 Yahweh said, “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,
18:21 I will go down now, and see whether their deeds are as bad as the reports which have come to me. If not, I will know.”
18:22 The men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, but Abraham stood yet before Yahweh.
18:23 Abraham drew near, and said, “Will you consume the righteous with the wicked?
18:24 What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it?
18:25 Be it far from you to do things like that, to kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be like the wicked. May that be far from you. Shouldn’t the Judge of all the earth do right?”
18:26 Yahweh said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake.”
18:27 Abraham answered, “See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.
18:28 What if there will lack five of the fifty righteous? Will you destroy all the city for lack of five?” He said, “I will not destroy it, if I find forty-five there.”
18:29 He spoke to him yet again, and said, “What if there are forty found there?” He said, “I will not do it for the forty’s sake.”
18:30 He said, “Oh don’t let the Lord be angry, and I will speak. What if there are thirty found there?” He said, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”
18:31 He said, “See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord. What if there are twenty found there?” He said, “I will not destroy it for the twenty’s sake.”
18:32 He said, “Oh don’t let the Lord be angry, and I will speak just once more. What if ten are found there?” He said, “I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.”
18:33 Yahweh went his way, as soon as he had finished communing with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.
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