16:1 And Sara the wife of Abram bore him no children; and she had an Egyptian maid, whose name was Agar.
16:2 And Sara said to Abram, Behold, the Lord has restrained me from bearing, go therefore in to my maid, that I may get children for myself through her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sara.
16:3 So Sara the wife of Abram having taken Agar the Egyptian her handmaid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Chanaan, gave her to Abram her husband as a wife to him.
16:4 And he went in to Agar, and she conceived, and saw that she was with child, and her mistress was dishonoured before her.
16:5 And Sara said to Abram, I am injured by thee; I gave my handmaid into thy bosom, and when I saw that she was with child, I was dishonoured before her. The Lord judge between me and thee.
16:6 And Abram said to Sara, Behold thy handmaid is in thy hands, use her as it may seem good to thee. And Sara afflicted her, and she fled from her face.
16:7 And an angel of the Lord found her by the fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Sur.
16:8 And the angel of the Lord said to her, Agar, Sara’s maid, whence comest thou, and wither goest thou? and she said, I am fleeing from the face of my mistress Sara.
16:9 And the angel of the Lord said to her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
16:10 And the angel of the Lord said to her, I will surely multiply thy seed, and it shall not be numbered for multitude.
16:11 And the angel of the Lord said to her, Behold thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ismael, for the Lord hath hearkened to thy humiliation.
16:12 He shall be a wild man, his hands against all, and the hands of all against him, and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
16:13 And she called the name of the Lord God who spoke to her, Thou art God who seest me; for she said, For I have openly seen him that appeared to me.
16:14 Therefore she called the well, The well of him whom I have openly seen; behold it is between Cades and Barad.
16:15 And Agar bore a son to Abram; and Abram called the name of his son which Agar bore to him, Ismael.
16:16 And Abram was eighty-six years old, when Agar bore Ismael to Abram.
17:1 And Abram was ninety-nine years old, and the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am thy God, be well-pleasing before me, and be blameless.
17:2 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and I will multiply thee exceedingly.
17:3 And Abram fell upon his face, and God spoke to him, saying,
17:4 And I, behold! my covenant [is] with thee, and thou shalt be a father of a multitude of nations.
17:5 And thy name shall no more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraam, for I have made thee a father of many nations.
17:6 And I will increase thee very exceedingly, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
17:7 And I will establish my covenant between thee and thy seed after thee, to their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be thy God, and [the God] of thy seed after thee.
17:8 And I will give to thee and to thy seed after thee the land wherein thou sojournest, even all the land of Chanaan for an everlasting possession, and I will be to them a God.
17:9 And God said to Abraam, Thou also shalt fully keep my covenant, thou and thy seed after thee for their generations.
17:10 And this [is] the covenant which thou shalt fully keep between me and you, and between thy seed after thee for their generations; every male of you shall be circumcised.
17:11 And ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and you.
17:12 And the child of eight days [old] shall be circumcised by you, every male throughout your generations, and [the servant] born in the house and he that is bought with money, of every son of a stranger, who is not of thy seed.
17:13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with money shall be surely circumcised, and my covenant shall be on your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
17:14 And the uncircumcised male, who shall not be circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin on the eighth day, that soul shall be utterly destroyed from its family, for he has broken my covenant.
17:15 And God said to Abraam, Sara thy wife– her name shall not be called Sara, Sarrha shall be her name.
17:16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son of her, and I will bless him, and he shall become nations, and kings of nations shall be of him.
17:17 And Abraam fell upon his face, and laughed; and spoke in his heart, saying, Shall there be a child to one who is a hundred years old, and shall Sarrha who is ninety years old, bear?
17:18 And Abraam said to God, Let this Ismael live before thee.
17:19 And God said to Abraam, Yea, behold, Sarrha thy wife shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to him and to his seed after him.
17:20 And concerning Ismael, behold, I have heard thee, and, behold, I have blessed him, and will increase him and multiply him exceedingly; twelve nations shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
17:21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarrha shall bear to thee at this time, in the next year.
17:22 And he left off speaking with him, and God went up from Abraam.
17:23 And Abraam took Ismael his son, and all his home-born [servants], and all those bought with money, and every male of the men in the house of Abraam, and he circumcised their foreskins in the time of that day, according as God spoke to him.
17:24 And Abraam was ninety-nine years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
17:25 And Ismael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
17:26 And at the period of that day, Abraam was circumcised, and Ismael his son,
17:27 and all the men of his house, both those born in the house, and those bought with money of foreign nations.
18:1 And God appeared to him by the oak of Mambre, as he sat by the door of his tent at noon.
18:2 And he lifted up his eyes and beheld, and lo! three men stood before him; and having seen them he ran to meet them fro the door of his tent, and did obeisance to the ground.
18:3 And he said, Lord, if indeed I have found grace in thy sight, pass not by thy servant.
18:4 Let water now be brought, and let them wash your feet, and do ye refresh [yourselves] under the tree.
18:5 And I will bring bread, and ye shall eat, and after this ye shall depart on your journey, on account of which [refreshment] ye have turned aside to your servant. And he said, So do, as thou hast said.
18:6 And Abraam hasted to the tent to Sarrha, and said to her, Hasten, and knead three measures of fine flour, and make cakes.
18:7 And Abraam ran to the kine, and took a young calf, tender and good, and gave it to his servant, and he hasted to dress it.
18:8 And he took butter and milk, and the calf which he had dressed; and he set them before them, and they did eat, and he stood by them under the tree.
18:9 And he said to him, Where is Sarrha thy wife? And he answered and said, Behold! in the tent.
18:10 And he said, I will return and come to thee according to this period seasonably, and Sarrha thy wife shall have a son; and Sarrha heard at the door of the tent, being behind him.
18:11 And Abraam and Sarrha were old, advanced in days, and the custom of women ceased with Sarrha.
18:12 And Sarrha laughed in herself, saying, The thing has not as yet happened to me, even until now, and my lord is old.
18:13 And the Lord said to Abraam, Why is it that Sarrha has laughed in herself, saying, Shall I then indeed bear? but I am grown old.
18:14 Shall anything be impossible with the Lord? At this time I will return to thee seasonably, and Sarrha shall have a son.
18:15 But Sarrha denied, saying, I did not laugh, for she was afraid. And he said to her, Nay, but thou didst laugh.
18:16 And the men having risen up from thence looked towards Sodom and Gomorrha. And Abraam went with them, attending them on their journey.
18:17 And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraam my servant what things I intend to do?
18:18 But Abraam shall become a great and populous nation, and n him shall all the nations of the earth be blest.
18:19 For I know that he will order his sons, and his house after him, and they will keep the ways of the Lord, to do justice and judgment, that the Lord may bring upon Abraam all things whatsoever he has spoken to him.
18:20 And the Lord said, The cry of Sodom and Gomorrha has been increased towards me, and their sins are very great.
18:21 I will therefore go down and see, if they completely correspond with the cry which comes to me, and if not, that I may know.
18:22 And the men having departed thence, came to Sodom; and Abraam was still standing before the Lord.
18:23 And Abraam drew nigh and said, Wouldest thou destroy the righteous with the wicked, and shall the righteous be as the wicked?
18:24 Should there be fifty righteous in the city, wilt thou destroy them? wilt thou not spare the whole place for the sake of the fifty righteous, if they be in it?
18:25 By no means shalt thou do as this thing [is] so as to destroy the righteous with the wicked, so the righteous shall be as the wicked: by no means. Thou that judgest the whole earth, shalt thou not do right?
18:26 And the Lord said, If there should be in Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole city, and the whole place for their sakes.
18:27 And Abraam answered and said, Now I have begun to speak to my Lord, and I am earth and ashes.
18:28 But if the fifty righteous should be diminished to forty-five, wilt thou destroy the whole city because of the five [wanting]? And he said, I will not destroy it, if I should find there forty-five.
18:29 And he continued to speak to him still, and said, But if there should be found there forty? And he said, I will not destroy it for the forty’s sake.
18:30 And he said, Will there be anything [against me], Lord, if I shall speak? but if there be found there thirty? And he said, I will not destroy it for the thirty’s sake.
18:31 And he said, Since I am able to speak to the Lord, what if there should be found there twenty? And he said, I will not destroy it, if I should find there twenty.
18:32 And he said, Will there be anything [against me], Lord, if I speak yet once? but if there should be found there ten? And he said, I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.
18:33 And the Lord departed, when he left off speaking to Abraam, and Abraam returned to his place.