Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

Mwanzo 18:1-33

Wageni Watatu

118:1 Mwa 12:7; 13:18; 14:13; 19:1; 23:10, 18; 34:20-24; Rut 4:1; Ebr 11:9; Za 69:12Bwana akamtokea Abrahamu karibu na mialoni ya Mamre wakati alipokuwa ameketi kwenye ingilio la hema lake wakati wa adhuhuri. 218:2 Mwa 17:2-3; 19:1, 10; 24:63; 32:24; 43:28; Yos 5:13; Ebr 13:2; Amu 13:6-11; Hos 12:2-4Abrahamu akainua macho akaona watu watatu wamesimama karibu naye. Alipowaona, aliharakisha kutoka kwenye ingilio la hema lake kuwalaki na kuwasujudia hadi nchi.

3Akasema, “Kama nimepata kibali machoni penu, ee bwana wangu, usimpite mtumishi wako. 418:4 Mwa 19:2; 24:32; 43:24; Amu 19:21; 2Sam 11:8; Lk 7:44Acha yaletwe maji kidogo, kisha ninyi nyote mnawe miguu yenu na mpumzike chini ya mti huu. 518:5 Amu 13:15; 19:5Niruhusuni niwapatie chakula kidogo mle, ili mpate nguvu mwendelee na safari yenu, kwa kuwa mmekuja kwa mtumishi wenu.”

Nao wakamjibu, “Vema sana, fanya kama unavyosema.”

618:6 Mwa 19:3; 2Sam 13:8Hivyo Abrahamu akaharakisha akaingia hemani kwa Sara, akamwambia, “Chukua vipimo vitatu vya unga laini haraka, ukande na uoke mikate.”

718:7 1Sam 28:24; Lk 15:23Kisha Abrahamu akakimbia kwenda kwenye kundi, akachagua ndama mzuri, laini na akampa mtumishi, ambaye aliharakisha kumtayarisha. 818:8 Isa 7:15, 22; Amu 4:19; 5:25; 6:19Kisha akaleta jibini, maziwa na nyama ya yule ndama iliyoandaliwa, akaviweka mbele ya wageni. Walipokuwa wakila, alisimama karibu nao chini ya mti.

918:9 Mwa 3:9; 24:67; Ebr 11:9Wakamuuliza, “Yuko wapi Sara mkeo?”

Akasema, “Yuko huko, ndani ya hema.”

1018:10 Mwa 17:6, 21; 21:2; 2Fal 4:16; Rum 6:6Kisha Bwana akasema, “Hakika nitakurudia tena majira kama haya mwakani na Sara mkeo atakuwa ana mwana.”

Sara alikuwa akiwasikiliza kwenye ingilio la hema, lililokuwa nyuma yake. 1118:11 Mwa 11:30; 17:17; Lk 1:18; Rum 4:19; Ebr 11:11-12Abrahamu na Sara walikuwa wazee tena waliosogea miaka, naye Sara alikuwa amekoma katika desturi ya wanawake. 1218:12 Mwa 17:17; 21:6; 1Pet 3:6Hivyo Sara akacheka kimoyomoyo alipokuwa akiwaza, “Baada ya mimi kuwa mkongwe hivi na bwana wangu amezeeka, je, nitaweza kufurahia jambo hili?”

1318:13 Mwa 17:17Ndipo Bwana akamwambia Abrahamu, “Kwa nini Sara amecheka na kusema, ‘Kweli nitazaa mtoto nami sasa ni mzee?’ 1418:14 Ay 42:2; Isa 40:29; 50:2; 51:9; Gal 4:23; Yer 32:17; Mt 19:26; Rum 4:21; 9:9; Mwa 17:19Je, kuna jambo lolote gumu lisilowezekana kwa Bwana? Nitakurudia mwakani majira kama haya, naye Sara atakuwa na mwana.”

15Sara akaogopa kwa kuwa alidanganya na kusema, “Mimi sikucheka.”

Lakini Bwana akasema, “Ndiyo, ulicheka!”

Abrahamu Aiombea Sodoma

16Wakati watu hao waliposimama ili waondoke, walielekeza nyuso zao Sodoma, Abrahamu akawatoa kitambo kidogo ili awasindikize. 1718:17 Amo 3:7; Mwa 19:24; Ay 1:16; Za 107:34Ndipo Bwana akasema, “Je, nimfiche Abrahamu jambo ninalokusudia kufanya? 1818:18 Mwa 12:2; Gal 3:8Hakika Abrahamu atakuwa taifa kubwa na lenye nguvu, kupitia kwake mataifa yote ya dunia yatabarikiwa. 1918:19 Mwa 16:11; 17:9; 22:12, 18; 26:5; Kum 4:9-10; 6:7; Isa 14:1; Efe 6:4; Yos 24:15; Yer 23:5; 2Sam 8:15; Za 17:2; 99:4Kwa maana nimemchagua yeye, ili awaongoze watoto wake na jamaa yake kufuata njia ya Bwana, kwa kuwa waadilifu na kutenda haki, ili Bwana atimize ahadi yake kwa Abrahamu.”

2018:20 Isa 1:10; Yer 23:14; Eze 16:46; Mwa 13:13; 19:13Basi Bwana akasema, “Kilio dhidi ya Sodoma na Gomora ni kikubwa sana na dhambi yao inasikitisha sana, 2118:21 Mwa 11:5kwamba nitashuka nione kama waliyoyatenda ni mabaya kiasi cha kilio kilichonifikia. Kama sivyo, nitajua.”

2218:22 Mwa 19:1, 27Basi wale watu wakageuka wakaenda kuelekea Sodoma, lakini Abrahamu akabaki amesimama mbele za Bwana. 2318:23 Kut 23:7; 2Pet 2:9; Law 4:3, 22, 27; Hes 16:22; Eze 18:4; Kum 27:25; 2Sam 24:17; Za 11:4-7; 94:21Ndipo Abrahamu akamsogelea akasema: “Je, utawaangamiza wenye haki na waovu? 2418:24 Yer 5:1Je, ikiwa watakuwepo watu wenye haki hamsini katika mji huo, hivi kweli utauangamiza na wala hutauacha kwa ajili ya hao watu hamsini wenye haki waliomo ndani yake? 2518:25 Mwa 20:4; 44:7; Kum 32:4; 1:16-17; Rum 3:6; Ay 8:3-7; 9:15; 34:10; 36:23; Isa 3:10-11; 5:20; Amo 5:15; Mal 2:17; 3:18; Amu 11:27; Za 7:11; 58:11; 75:7; 94:2; 119:137; Ebr 12:23; 2Nya 19:7; Ezr 9:15; Neh 9:33; Eze 18:25; Dan 4:37; 9:14Hilo na liwe mbali nawe, kufanya jambo kama hilo, kuwaua wenye haki pamoja na waovu, kuwatendea wenye haki sawasawa na waovu. Iwe mbali nawe! Je, Mwamuzi wa dunia yote hatafanya lililo sawa?”

26Bwana akasema, “Kama nikipata watu hamsini wenye haki katika mji wa Sodoma, nitausamehe huo mji wote kwa ajili yao.”

2718:27 Mwa 2:7; Ay 2:8Kisha Abrahamu akasema tena: “Sasa kwa kuwa nimekuwa na ujasiri wa kuzungumza na Bwana, ingawa mimi si kitu bali ni mavumbi na majivu; 28je, kama hesabu ya wenye haki imepungua watano katika hamsini, utauangamiza huo mji wote kwa ajili ya hao watano waliopungua?”

Bwana akamwambia, “Kama nikiwakuta huko watu arobaini na watano, sitauangamiza.”

29Abrahamu akazungumza naye kwa mara nyingine, “Je, kama huko watapatikana watu arobaini tu?”

Akamjibu, “Kwa ajili ya hao arobaini, sitauangamiza.”

3018:30 Mwa 44:18; Kut 32:22Ndipo akasema, “Bwana na asikasirike, lakini niruhusu nizungumze. Je, kama huko watakuwepo thelathini tu?”

Akajibu, “Sitapaangamiza ikiwa nitawakuta huko watu thelathini.”

31Abrahamu akasema, “Sasa kwa kuwa nimekuwa na ujasiri sana kuzungumza na Bwana, je, kama wakipatikana huko watu ishirini tu?”

Bwana akajibu, “Kwa ajili ya hao ishirini, sitauangamiza.”

3218:32 Amu 6:39; Yer 5:1Abrahamu akasema, “Bwana na asikasirike, lakini niruhusu nizungumze tena mara moja tu. Itakuwaje kama watapatikana huko watu kumi tu?”

Bwana akajibu, “Kwa ajili ya hao kumi, sitauangamiza.”

3318:33 Kut 31:18; Mwa 17:22; 31:55Bwana alipomaliza kuzungumza na Abrahamu, akaondoka, naye Abrahamu akarudi nyumbani kwake.

New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 18:1-33

Three Men Visit Abraham

1The Lord appeared to Abraham near the large trees of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent. It was the hottest time of the day. 2Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. So he quickly left the entrance to his tent to greet them. He bowed low to the ground.

3He said, “My lord, if you are pleased with me, don’t pass me by. 4Let me get you some water. Then all of you can wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5Let me get you something to eat to give you strength. Then you can go on your way. I want to do this for you now that you have come to me.”

“All right,” they answered. “Do as you say.”

6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick!” he said. “Get about 36 pounds of the finest flour. Prepare it and bake some bread.”

7Then he ran over to the herd. He picked out a choice, tender calf. He gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8Then he brought some butter and milk and the calf that had been prepared. He served them to the three men. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

9“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.

“Over there in the tent,” he said.

10Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year. Your wife Sarah will have a son.”

Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11Abraham and Sarah were already very old. Sarah was too old to have a baby. 12So she laughed to herself. She thought, “I’m worn out, and my husband is old. Can I really know the joy of having a baby?”

13Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Will I really have a baby, now that I am old?’ 14Is anything too hard for me? I will return to you at the appointed time next year. Sarah will have a son.”

15Sarah was afraid. So she lied and said, “I didn’t laugh.”

But the Lord said, “Yes, you laughed.”

Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16The men got up to leave. They looked down toward Sodom. Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17Then the Lord said, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18He will certainly become a great and powerful nation. All nations on earth will be blessed because of him. 19I have chosen him. He must direct his children to live in the way that pleases me. And he must direct the members of his family after him to do the same. So he must guide all of them in doing what is right and fair. Then I, the Lord, will do for Abraham what I have promised him.”

20The Lord also said, “The cries against Sodom and Gomorrah are very great. Their sin is so bad 21that I will go down and see for myself. I want to see if what they have done is as bad as the cries that have reached me. If it is not, then I will know.”

22The men turned away and went toward Sodom. But Abraham remained standing in front of the Lord. 23Then Abraham came up to him. He said, “Will you sweep away godly people along with those who are evil? 24What if there are 50 godly people in the city? Will you really sweep it away? Won’t you spare the place because of the 50 godly people in it? 25You would never kill godly people along with those who are evil, would you? Would you treat them all alike? You would never do anything like that! Won’t the Judge of the whole earth do what is right?”

26The Lord said, “If I find 50 godly people in the city of Sodom, I will spare it. I will spare the whole place because of them.”

27Then Abraham spoke up again. He said, “I have been very bold to speak to the Lord. After all, I’m only dust and ashes. 28What if the number of godly people is five fewer than 50? Will you destroy the whole city because there are five fewer people?”

“If I find 45 there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29Once again Abraham spoke to him. He asked, “What if only 40 are found there?”

He said, “If there are 40, I will not do it.”

30Then Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me. Let me speak. What if only 30 can be found there?”

He answered, “If I find 30, I will not do it.”

31Abraham said, “I have been very bold to speak to the Lord. What if only 20 can be found there?”

He said, “If I find 20, I will not destroy it.”

32Then he said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me. Let me speak just one more time. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “If I find ten, I will not destroy it.”

33When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left. And Abraham returned home.