Abraham’s Three Visitors

18 Then the Lord appeared to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre(A) while he was sitting in the entrance of his tent during the heat of the day. He looked up, and he saw three men standing near him.(B) When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them and bowed to the ground. Then he said, “My lord,[a] if I have found favor in your sight, please do not go on past your servant. Let a little water be brought, that you may wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree. I will bring a bit of bread so that you may strengthen yourselves.[b] This is why you have passed your servant’s way. Later, you can continue on.”

“Yes,” they replied, “do as you have said.”

So Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick! Knead three measures[c] of fine flour and make bread.”[d] Meanwhile, Abraham ran to the herd and got a tender, choice calf. He gave it to a young man, who hurried to prepare it. Then Abraham took curds[e] and milk, and the calf that he had prepared, and set them before the men. He served[f] them as they ate under the tree.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 18:3 Or My Lord, or The Lord
  2. Genesis 18:5 Lit may sustain your heart
  3. Genesis 18:6 Lit three seahs; about 21 quarts
  4. Genesis 18:6 A round, thin, unleavened bread
  5. Genesis 18:8 Or butter
  6. Genesis 18:8 Lit was standing by

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