The Three Visitors
1The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
3He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,18:3 Or eyes, Lord do not pass your servant by. 4Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”
“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”
6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs18:6 That is, probably about 36 pounds or about 16 kilograms of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”
7Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.
9“Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.
“There, in the tent,” he said.
10Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
Abraham Pleads for Sodom
16When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.18:18 Or will use his name in blessings (see 48:20) 19For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
20Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
22The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.18:22 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition but the Lord remained standing before Abraham 23Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare18:24 Or forgive; also in verse 26 the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
30Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
32Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
33When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
Onyankopɔn Hyɛ Abraham Ne Sara Awoɔ Ho Bɔ
1Awia ketee bi a Abraham te ne ntomadan a ɛwɔ Mamrɛ odum kwaeɛ ɛkwan ano no, Awurade yii ne ho adi bio kyerɛɛ no. 2Abraham maa nʼani so no, ɔhunuu sɛ mmarima baasa bi apue ne ntentenesoɔ. Ɔhunuu wɔn no, ɔtuu mmirika firii ne ntomadan no kwan ano kɔhyiaa wɔn, kotoo wɔn.
3Abraham kaa sɛ, “Me wura, sɛ manya adom wɔ wʼanim a, ntwa me a meyɛ wʼakoa ho nkɔ. 4Momma wɔmfa nsuo bi mmrɛ mo nhohoro mo nan ase, na monhome wɔ nnua yi ase kakra. 5Moaba mo akoa nkyɛn yi, momma mempɛ aduane kakra bi mma monka mo ano, na monnya ahoɔden nkɔ mo kwan.” Nnipa no penee so kaa sɛ,
“Ɛyɛ, yɛ deɛ wopɛ sɛ woyɛ.”
6Enti, Abraham de ahoɔherɛ kɔɔ ne yere Sara nkyɛn wɔ ntomadan no mu, ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ka wo ho fa asikyiresiam pa susukora mmiɛnsa, na fɔtɔ na fa to burodo.”
7Afei, Abraham yɛɛ ntɛm kɔɔ nʼanantwibuo no mu, kɔkyeree nantwie ba a ɔyɛ na wadɔre sradeɛ de no maa ne ɔsomfoɔ, ma ɔde ahoɔherɛ yɛɛ ne ho adwuma. 8Afei, ɔfaa nufosuo ani sradeɛ ne nufosuo ne nantwie ba a ɔde anoa aduane no, de too nnipa baasa no ɛpono. Ɛberɛ a nnipa no gu so redidie no, na ɔgyina wɔn nkyɛn wɔ nnua no ase.
9Nnipa no bisaa Abraham sɛ, “Wo yere Sara wɔ he?”
Abraham buaa wɔn sɛ, “Ɔwɔ ntomadan no mu.”
10Afei, Awurade kaa sɛ, “Deɛ ɛbɛyɛ biara, afe sɛsɛɛ mɛba wo nkyɛn, na mɛba no, na wo yere Sara awo ɔbabarima.”
Saa ɛberɛ no, na Sara gyina ntomadan no ɛpono akyiri, retie nkɔmmɔ no. 11Na Abraham ne Sara nyinaa anyinyini yie a wɔn mfeɛ akɔ animu koraa enti, na Sara awoɔ apa ho. 12Sara tee asɛm no, ɔseree ne tirim, kaa sɛ, “Manya awie aberewabɔ, na me kunu nso abɔ akɔkoraa yi, ɛbɛyɛ sɛn na manya saa anigyedeɛ yi?”
13Enti, Awurade bisaa Abraham sɛ, “Adɛn enti na Sara sere bisaa sɛ, ‘Ampa ara sɛ manyini aduru seyie yi, mɛtumi awo ba?’ 14Biribi boro Awurade ahoɔden so sɛ ɔbɛyɛ? Afe sɛsɛɛ a mɛsane aba sɛdeɛ mahyɛ wo ho bɔ no, na wo yere Sara awo ɔbabarima.”
15Na Sara suro enti, ɔtwaa atorɔ sɛ, “Mansere.”
Nanso, Onyankopɔn kaa sɛ, “Ɛyɛ nokorɛ turodoo sɛ wosereeɛ.”
Abraham Di Ma Sodom
16Mmarima no kraa sɛ wɔrekɔ no, wɔde wɔn ani kyerɛɛ Sodom. Abraham kɔgyaa wɔn kwan. 17Afei, Awurade kaa sɛ, “Adeɛ a mabɔ me tirim sɛ mɛyɛ no, memfa nsie Abraham anaa? 18Ɛyɛ nokorɛ turodoo sɛ Abraham bɛyɛ ɔman kɛseɛ a ɛwɔ tumi. Na ɛnam Abraham so na wɔbɛhyira amanaman a ɛwɔ asase so nyinaa. 19Ɛfiri sɛ, mapa Abraham sɛ ɔbɛkyerɛkyerɛ ne mma ne ne fiefoɔ Awurade kwan. Na wɔayɛ ade pa ne ade tenenee a ɛsɔ Awurade ani. Sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a Awurade bɔ a ɔhyɛɛ Abraham no bɛba mu.”
20Afei, Awurade kaa sɛ, “Mate nnebɔne a ɛyɛ duru a ɛrekɔ so wɔ Sodom ne Gomora no. 21Mɛkɔ hɔ makɔhwɛ sɛ, deɛ wɔyɛ no yɛ bɔne a ɛyɛ duru, sɛdeɛ mate no anaa. Sɛ ɛnte saa nso a, mɛhunu.”
22Na mmarima baasa no mu baanu danee wɔn ani kyerɛɛ Sodom. Nanso, Abraham deɛ, na ɔda so gyina Awurade anim. 23Afei, Abraham twe bɛn Onyankopɔn bisaa no sɛ, “Wobɛsɛe nnipa tenenee ne nnipa bɔnefoɔ nyinaa afra anaa? 24Na sɛ nnipa tenenee aduonum wɔ kuro no mu a wobɛsɛe kuro no a worenhwɛ saa nnipa tenenee aduonum no ho nnyae kuro no sɛeɛ? 25Ɛmpare wo sɛ wobɛyɛ saa, sɛ wobɛkum nnipa tenenee ne nnipa bɔnefoɔ afra, de asotwe korɔ no ara bɛma nnipa tenenee ne nnipa bɔnefoɔ. Ɛmpare wo! Deɛ ɔbu asase nyinaa atɛn no remmu atɛntenenee anaa?”
26Na Awurade kaa sɛ, “Sɛ mehunu nnipa tenenee aduonum wɔ Sodom kuro no mu a, wɔn enti, merensɛe kuro no.”
27Na Abraham bisaa sɛ, “Afei, me a meyɛ nsõ ne dɔteɛ a mensɛ hwee, nanso masi me bo ne Awurade akasa yi, 28sɛ ɛba sɛ nnipa tenenee no dodoɔ yɛ aduanan enum nso ɛ? Esiane saa nnipa enum a wɔafiri nnipa tenenee aduonum no so ama aka nnipa tenenee aduanan enum no enti, wobɛsɛe kuro mu no nyinaa anaa?”
Onyankopɔn buaa sɛ, “Sɛ mehunu nnipa tenenee aduanan enum wɔ kuro no mu a, merensɛe no.”
29Abraham toaa nʼadebisa no so sɛ, “Sɛ ɛba sɛ, nnipa tenenee aduanan pɛ na wɔwɔ kuro no mu ɛ?”
Na Awurade buaa Abraham sɛ, “Nnipa tenenee aduanan no enti, merensɛe kuro no.”
30Abraham kɔɔ so srɛɛ bio sɛ, “Mesrɛ wo, Awurade, mma wo bo mfu me, ma menkasa. Sɛ ɛba sɛ nnipa tenenee aduasa na wɔwɔ kuro no mu nso ɛ?”
Awurade buaa sɛ, “Sɛ mehunu nnipa tenenee aduasa a, merensɛe kuro no.”
31Afei, Abraham bisaa sɛ, “Masi me bo ne Awurade akasa yi, ɛba sɛ nnipa tenenee aduonu pɛ na wɔwɔ kuro no mu ɛ?”
Onyankopɔn buaa sɛ, “Saa nnipa tenenee aduonu no enti, merensɛe kuro no.”
32Abraham kɔɔ so bisaa sɛ, “Ao, Awurade, mma wo bo mfu me; ma memmisa mʼasɛm baako pɛ a ɛtwa toɔ. Sɛ ɛba sɛ, nnipa tenenee edu na wɔwɔ kuro no mu nso ɛ?”
Awurade buaa sɛ, “Saa nnipa tenenee edu no enti, merensɛe kuro no.”
33Ɛberɛ a Awurade ne Abraham kasa wieeɛ no, ɔgyaa Abraham hɔ kɔeɛ. Abraham nso sane kɔɔ nʼatenaeɛm.