Genesis 18:1-8 New International Version

The Birth of Isaac Promised

18 1  The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2  Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. 3  He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,[1] do not pass your servant by. 4  Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5  Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way-now that you have come to your servant." "Very well," they answered, "do as you say." 6  So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. "Quick," he said, "get three seahs[2] of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread." 7  Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8  He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.


[1] 18:3 Or "eyes, Lord"

[2] 18:6 That is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilograms

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