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Abraham entertaineth angels. GENESIS. Destruction of Sodom revealed. make him fruitful, and will multiply him and well stricken in age; and it ceased to exceedingly : twelve princes shall he beget, be with Sarah after the manner of women and I will make him a great nation. 1 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within her

21 But my covenant will I establish with self, saying, After I am waxed old shall Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto thee at have pleasure, my lord being old also ? this set time in the next year.

| 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, 22 And he left off talking with him, and Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shal God went up from Abraham.

JI of a surety bear a child, which am old ? 23 | And Abraham took Ishmael his 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? son, and all that were born in his house, and|At the time appointed I will return unto all that were bought with his money, every thee, according to the time of life, and male among the men of Abraham's house ; Sarah shall have a son. and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin, 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughin the self-same day, as God had said unto ed not; for she was afraid. “And he said, him.

Nay; but thou didst laugh. 24 And Abraham was ninety years old 16 And the men rose up from thence, and nine, when he was circumcised in the and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham flesh of his foreskin.

went with them to bring them on the way. 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen 17 [ And the LORD said, Shall I hide years old, when he was circumcised in the from Abraham that thing which I do; flesh of his foreskin.

| 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely be26 In the self-same day was Abraham come a great and mighty nation, and all circumcised and Ishmael his son.

the nations of the earth shall be blessed in 27 And all the men of his house, born in him? the house, and bought with money of the 19 For I know him, that he will comstranger, were circumcised with him. mand his children and his household after CHAP. XVIII.

him, and they shall keep the way of the AND the LORD appeared unto him in Lord, to do justice and judgment; that h the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the LORD may bring upon Abraham that the tent door in the heat of the day; which he hath spoken of him.

2 And he lifted up his eyes and looked, 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry and lo, three men stood by him: and when of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and be he saw them, he ran to meet them from the cause their sin is very grievous; tent door, and bowed himself toward the 21 I will go down now, and see whether ground,

they have done altogether according to the 3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found cry of it, which is come unto me; and if favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray not, I will know. thee, from thy servant:

1 22 And the men turned their faces from 4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetch-thence, and went toward Sodom: but ed, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves Abraham stood yet before the LORD. under the tree :

123 And Abraham drew near, and said, 5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with comfort ye your hearts ; after that ye shall the wicked ? pass on : for therefore are ye come to your 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous servant. And they said, So do, as thou within the city: wilt thou also destroy and hast said.

not spare the place for the fifty righteous 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent that are therein ? unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly 25 That be far from thee to do after this three measures of fine meal, knead it, and manner, to slay the righteous with the wickmake cakes upon the hearth.

ed: and that the righteous should be as the 7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the fetched a calf tender and good, and gave Judge of all the earth do right? it unto a young man; and he hasted to 26 And the LORD said, If I find in som dress it.

dom fifty righteous within the city, then I 8 And he took butter, and milk, and the will spare all the place for their sakes. calf which he had dressed, and set it before 27 And Abraham answered and said, them; and he stood by them under the tree, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak and they did eat.

unto the LORD, which am but dust and 9 1 And they said unto him, Where is ashes: Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the tent.

the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all 10 And he said, I will certainly return the city for lack of five? And he said, if I unto thee according to the time of life: and find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. Andl 29 And he spake unto him yet again, Sarah heard it in the tent-door, which was and said, Peradventure there shall be forty behind him.

found there. And he said, I will not do it 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old for forty's sake.

Abraham intercedes for it. CHAP. XIX. Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed.

30 And he said unto him, Oh, let not the sons and thy daughters, and whatsoever Lord be angry, and I will speak: Perad-thou hast in the city, bring them out of this venture there shall thirty be found there. place: And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty 13 For we will destroy this place, bethere.

cause the cry of them is waxen great before 31 And he said, Behold now, I have ta- the face of the LORD; and the Lord hath krn upon me to speak unto the LORD. Per- sent us to destroy it. adventure there shall twenty be found there. 14 And Lot went out, and spake unto liis And he said, I will not destroy it for twen- sons-in-law, which married his daughters, ty's sike.

land said, Up, get ye out of this place; for 32 And he said, Oh let not the LORD be the LORD will destroy this city : but he angry, and I will speak yet but this once : seemed as one that mocked unto his sons. Peradventure ten shall be found there. And in-law. he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. 15 And when the morning arose, then

33 And the LORD went his way, as soon the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, as he had left communing with Abraham :take thy wife, and thy two daughters which and Abraham returned unto his place. are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniCHAP. XIX.

quity of the city. AND there came two angels to Sodom 16 And while he lingered, the men laid il at even : and Lot sat in the gate of hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of Sodom; and Lot seeing them, rose up to his wife, and upon the hand of his two meet them; and he bowed himself with his daughters; the LORD being merciful unto face toward the ground;

Thim: and they brought him forth, and set 2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, him without the city. turn in, I pray you, into your servant's 17 And it came to pass, when they had boase, and tarry all night, and wash your brought them forth abroad, that he said, feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on Escape for thy life : look not behind thee, your ways. And they said, Nay; but we neither stay thou in all the plain : escape will abide in the street all night.

to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. 3 And he pressed upon them greatly : 18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, and they turned in unto him, and entered my Lord! into his house; and he made them a feast, 19 Behold now, thy servant hath found and did bake unleavened bread, and they grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified did eat.

thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto 49 But before they lay down, the men me in saving my life: and I cannot escape of the city, even the men of Sodom, com- to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and passed the house round, both old and young, I die: all the people from every quarter. 1 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee

5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto unto, and it is a little one : Oh! let me eshim, Where are the men which came in to cape thither, (is it not a little one ?) and my thee this night ? bring them out unto us, soul shall live. that we may know them.

21 And he said unto him, See, I have 6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, accepted thee concerning this thing also, and shut the door after him,

that I will not overthrow this city, for the 7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not which thou hast spoken. 50 wickedly.

22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I can8 Behold now, I have two daughters not do any thing till thou be come thither : which have not known man ; let me, I pray therefore the name of the city was called you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to Zoar. them as is good in your eyes : only unto 23 The sun was risen upon the earth these men do nothing; for therefore came when Lot entered into Zoar. they under the shadow of my roof.

24 | Then the LORD rained upon Sodom 9 And they said, Stand back. And they and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from said again, This one fellow came in to so- the LORD out of heaven; journ, and he will needs be a judge: Now 25 And he overthrew those cities, and will we deal worse with thee than with them. all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the And they pressed sore upon the man, even cities, and that which grew upon the Lot, and came near to break the door. ground.

10 But the men put forth their hand, and 26 | But his wife looked back from bepulled Lot into the house to them, and shut hind him, and she became a pillar of salt. to the door.

| 27 | And Abraham gat up early in the 11 And they smote the men that were at morning, to the place where he stood before the door of the house with blindness, both the LORD : small and great : so that they wearied them- 28 And he looked toward Sodom and selves to find the door.

Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the 12 1 And the men said unto Lot, Hast plain, and beheld, and lo, the smoke of the I thou here any besides? son-in-law, and thy country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Abraham denies his wife. GENESIS.

.: Isaac born 29 And it came to pass, when God de- her not, know thou that thou shalt surely stroyed the cities of the plain, that God re-die, thou and all that are thine. membered Abraham, and sent Lot out of 8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the the misst of the overthrow, when he over-morning, and called all his servants, and threw thc cities in the which Lot dwelt. told all these things in their ears: and the

30 1 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and men were sore afraid... dwelt in the mountain, and his two daugh- 91 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and ters with him ; for he feared to dwell in said unto him, What hast thou done unto Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he, and his us? and what have I offended thee, that two daughters.

thou hast brought on me and on my king31 | And the first-born said unto the dom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto younger, Our father is old, and there is not me that ought not to be done. a man in the earth to come in unto us after 10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, the manner of all the earth:

What sawest thou, that thou hast done this 32 Come, let us make our father drink thing? wine, and we will lie with him, that we may 11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, preserve seed of our father.

Surely the fear of God is not in this place; 33 And they made their father drink and they will slay me for my wife's sake. wine that night: and the first-born went in 12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she and lay with her father; and he perceived is the daughter of my father, but not the not when she lay down, nor when she arose. daughter of my mother : and she became

34 And it came to pass on the morrow my wife. that the first-born said unto the younger, 13 And it came to pass, when God caused Behold, I lay yesternight with my father : me to wander from my father's house, that let us make him drink wine this night also ; I said unto her, This is thy kindness which and go thou in, and lie with him, that we thou shalt shew unto me; At every place may preserve seed of our father.

whither we shall come, say of me, He is my 35 And they made their father drink brother. wine that night also: and the younger arose, 14 | AndAbimelech took sheep, and oxen, and lay with him; and he perceived not and men-servants, and women-servants, and when she lay down, nor when she arose. gave them unto Abraham, and restored him

36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot Sarah his wife. with child by their father.

15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land 37 And the first-born bare a son, and call- is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee. ed his pame Moab: the same is the father 16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I of the Moabites unto this day.

I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of 38 And the younger, she also bare a son, silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and the father of the children of Ammon unto with all other : thus she was reproved. this day.

17 1 So Abraham prayed unto God : and CHAP. XX.

God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and AND Abraham journeyed from thence his maid-servants; and they bare children. N toward the south country, and dwell- 18 For the Lord had fast closed up all ed between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourn- the wombs of the house of Abimelech, beed in Gerar.

cause of Sarah Abraham's wife. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife,

CHAP. XXI.
She is my sister: And Abimelech king of AND the LORD visited Sarah as he had
Gerar sent and took Sarah.

A said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream he had spoken.
by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art 2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abra-
but a dead man, for the woman which thou ham a son in his old age, at the set time of
hast taken: for she is a man's wife. which God had spoken to him.

4 But Abimelech had not come near her: 3 And Abraham called the name of his and he said, LORD, wilt thou slay also a son that was born unto him, whom Sarah righteous nation ?

bare to him, Isaac. 5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister ?! 4 And Abraham circumcised his son and she, even she herself said, He is my Isaac, being eight days old, as God had brother: in the integrity of my heart, and commanded him. innocency of iny hands have I done this. 5 And Abraham was an hundred years

6 And God said unto him in a dream, old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. Yea, I know that thou didst this in the in- 6 1 And Sarah said, God hath made me tegrity of thy heart; for I also withheld to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with thee from sinning against me: therefore me. suffered I thee not to touch her.

17 And she said, Who would have said ✓ Now therefore restore the man his wife, unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for children suck? for I have born him a son in thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore his old age.

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Hagar banished.

CHAP. XXII. Abraham tempted to offer Isaac. 8 And the child grew, and was weaned:1 26 And Abimelech said, I wot not who and Abraham made a great feast the same hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell day that Isaac was weaned.

me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day. 91 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the 27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, Egyptian, which she had born unto Abra- and gave them unto Abimelech : and both fram, mocking.

of them made a covenant. 10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, 28 And Abraham set seven ewe-lambs Cast out this bond-woman, and her son: for of the flock by themselves. the son of this bond-woman shall not be 29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham heir with my son, even with Isaac.

What mean these seven ewe-lambs, which 11 And the thing was very grievous in thou hast set by themselves? Abraham's sight, because of his son.

30 And he said, For these seven ewe12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they not be grievous in thy sight, because of the may be a witness unto me that I have diglad, and because of thy bond-woman; in all ged this well. that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto 31 Wherefore he called that place Beerher voice: for in Isaac shall thy seed be sheba; because there they sware both of called.

them. 13 And also of the son of the bond-wo-| 32 Thus they made a covenant at Beerman will I make a nation, because he is thy sheba : then Abimelech rose up, and Phiseed.

chol the chief captain of his host, and they 14 And Abraham rose up early in the returned into the land of the Philistines. morning, and took bread, and a bottle of 33 | And Abraham planted a grove in water, and gave it unto Hagar (putting it Beer-sheba, and called there on the name on her shoulder) and the child, and sent her of the LORD, the everlasting God. away: and she departed, and wandered in 34 And Abraham sojourned in the Phithe wilderness of Beer-sheba.

listines' land many days. 15 Aud the water was spent in the bot

CHAP. XXII. tle, and she cast the child under one of the AND it came to pass after these things, shrubs.

A that God did tempt Abraham, and said 16 And she went, and sat her down over unto him, Abraham: And he said, Behold, against him, a good way off, as it were a here I am. bow-shot: for she said, Let me not see the 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine death of the child. And she sat over against only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get him, and lifted up her voice, and wept. thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him

17 And God heard the voice of the lad: there for a burnt-offering upon one of the and the angel of God called to Hagar out of mountains which I will tell thee of. heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee. 3 1 And Abraham rose up early in the Hagar ! fear not; for God hath heard the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two voice of the lad where he is.

of his young men with him, and Isaac his 18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in son, and clave the wood for the burnt-offerthine hand: for I will make him a great na-ing, and rose up, and went unto the place of tion.

which God had told him. 19 And God opened her eyes, and she 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted saw a well of water: and she went, and up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, drink.

Abide ye here with the ass, and I and the 20 And God was with the lad; and he lad will go yonder and worship, and come grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and be again to you. came an archer.

16 And Abraham took the wood of the 21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Pa- burnt-offering, and laid it upon Isaac his ran: and his mother took him a wife out of son; and he took the fire in his hand and a the land of Egypt.

knife : and they went both of them toge22 ? And it came to pass at that time that ther. Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain 7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his faof his host spake unto Abraham, saying, ther, and said, My father : and he said, Here God is with thee in all that thou doest: am I, my son. And he said, Behold the

23 Now therefore swear unto me here by fire and the wood: but where is the lamb God, that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, for a burnt-offering ? jor with my son, nor with my son's son: 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will out according to the kindness that I have provide himself a lamb for a burnt-offering : done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and so they went both of them together. o the land wherein thou hast sojourned. 9 And they came to the place which God 24 And Abraham said, I will swear. had told him of; And Abraham built an al

25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech tar there, and laid the wood in order; and because of a well of water, which Abime-bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the ech's servants had violently taken away. Waltar upon the wood.

The death of Sarah.

GENESIS. The purchase of Machpelah. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his! 5 And the children of Heth answered hand, and took the knife to slay his son. Abraham, saying unto him,

11 | And the angel of the Lord called 6 Hear us, my lord; thou art a mighty unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, prince among us: in the choice of our seAbraham. And he said, Here am I. pulchres bury thy dead: none of us shall

12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: thou mayest bury thy dead. for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing 7 And Abraham stood up and bowed thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only himself to the people of the land, cven to son from me.

the children of Heth. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and 8 And he communed with them, saying. looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught If it be your mind that I should bury my in a thicket by his horns : And Abraham dead out of my sight, hear me, and entrea: went and took the ram, and offered him up for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, for a burnt-offering in the stead of his son. 9 That he may give me the cave of • 14 And Abraham called the name of that Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this end of his field; for as much money as it is day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be worth he shall give it me, for a possession seen.

of a burying-place among you. · 15 | And the angel of the LORD called 10 And Ephron dwelt among the chilunto Abraham out of heaven the second dren of Heth. And Ephron the Hittite time,

answered Abraham in the audience of the 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, children of Heth, even of all that went in at saith the Lord, for because thou hast done the gates of his city, saying, this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, 11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give thine only son:

I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and it thee; in the presence of the sons of my in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as people give I it thee: bury tly dead. the stars of the heaven, and as the sand 12 And Abraham bowed down himself which is upon the sea-shore; and thy seed before the people of the land. shall possess the gate of his enemies; 13 And he spake unto Ephron in the au

18 And in thy seed shall all the nations dience of the people of the land, saying, of the earth be blessed : because thou hast But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear obeyed my voice.

me: I will give thee money for the field: 19 So Abraham returned unto his young take it of me, and I will bury my dead there, men, and they rose up, and went together 14 And Ephron answered Abraham, sayto Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-ing unto him, sheba.

| 15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land 20 | And it came to pass after these is worth four hundred shekels of silver; things, that it was told Abraham, saying, what is that betwixt me and thee? bury Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children therefore thy dead. unto thy brother Nahor;

| 16 And Abraham hearkened unto Eph21 Huz his first-born, and Buz his bro-ron, and Abraham weighed to Ephron the ther, and Kemuel the father of Aram, silver which he had named in the audience

22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.

of silver, current money with the merchant. 23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these 17 And the field of Ephron, which was eight Milcah did bear to Nahor Abraham's in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, brother.

the field and the cave which was therein, 24 And his concubine, whose name was and all the trees that were in the field, that Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, were in all the borders round about, were and Thahash, and Maachah.

made sure CHAP. XXIII.

| 18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the AND Sarah was an hundred and seven presence of the children of Heth, before El and twenty years old : these were the all that went in at the gate of his city. years of the life of Sarah.

| 19 And after this, Abraham buried Sa2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba ; the rah his wife in the cave of the field of Machsame is Hebron in the land of Canaan: pelah, before Mamre: the same is Hebron And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, in the land of Canaan. and to weep for her.

20 And the field, and the cave that is 3 [ And Abraham stood up from before therein were made sure unto Abraham for his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, a possession of a burying-place, by the sons saying,

of Heth. 4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with

CHAP. XXIV. you: give me a possession of a burying- AND Abraham was old and well stricken place with you, that I may bury my dead 1 in age: and the LORD had blessed out of my sight.

in 'Abraham in all things. , .

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