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Genesis 18

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 1 Then the LORD appeared to him by the great trees of Mamre; as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day,

 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood by him. And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed toward the ground,

 3 And said, "My LORD, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass your servant by, I pray you.

 4 Let a little water be brought, and you may wash your feet and rest under the tree.

 5 And I will bring a morsel of bread to comfort your hearts; after that you may pass on, since you have come to your servant." And they said, "Do as you have said."

 6 Then Abraham hurried 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 fetched a calf tender and good and gave it to a young man, and he hurried to prepare it.

 8 And he took butter and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

 9 Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And he said, "Here in the tent."

 10 And he said, "I will surely return to you this time next year, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son." And Sarah heard it at the tent door, which was behind him.

 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.

 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old and my lord [husband] is old also, shall I have this pleasure?"

 13 And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I really bear a child when I am old?'

 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time, at the time of delivery, I will return to you, and Sarah shall have a son."

 15 But Sarah denied it, saying, "I did not laugh; for she was afraid" And he said, "No, but you did laugh."

 16 Then the men rose up from there 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 the thing that I am doing,

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

 19 For I have known and chosen him, so that he will command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD, to do what is just and righteous, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what he has spoken to him."

 20 Then the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,

 21 I will go down now and see whether what they have done is as bad as the cry that has come to me;1 and if not, I will know."

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

 23 And Abraham drew near, and said, "Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you destroy it and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it?

 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be treated like the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall the Judge of all the earth not do right?"

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

 27 And Abraham answered and said, "Behold now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the LORD, though I am but dust and ashes,

 28 Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous? Will you destroy all the city for lack of five?" And he said, "If I find forty five there, I will not destroy it."

 29 And he spoke to him yet again, and said, "Suppose there were forty found there." And he said, "I will not do it for the sake of forty."

 30 And he said to him, "Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak. "Suppose there are thirty found there." And he said, "I will not do it if I find thirty there."

 31 And he said, "Behold now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the LORD. Suppose there are 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 only this once more. Suppose 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 finished speaking with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.


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1 Then the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, I will go down now and see whether what they have done is as bad as the cry that has come to me. Most everyone is familiar with the roving bands of homsexuals that tried to asssualt the angels visiting Lot in Sodom, but few are aware of Sodom's sins as related by the prophet Ezekiel:

Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: 1) pride, 2) overabundance of food, and 3) much idleness were hers and her daughters; neither did she strengthen the hand of 4) [ignoring] the poor and needy. Eze 16:49.

Now compare life in the industrialized world today: sexual immorality rampant, unabashed pride, an overabundance of food, lots of idleness (filled with pleasures), and a disregard of the starving poor in the third world.

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