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.
Ageni arĩa Atatũ
118:1 Kĩam 13:18; Ahib 11:9Mũthenya ũmwe Jehova nĩ oimĩrĩire Iburahĩmu rĩrĩa aikarĩte mũromo-inĩ wa hema yake hakuhĩ na mĩtĩ ĩrĩa mĩnene ya mĩgandi ya Mamure, ihinda rĩa mĩaraho. 218:2 Kĩam 18:16, 22; Ahib 13:2Na rĩrĩ, Iburahĩmu aatiira maitho-rĩ, akĩona andũ atatũ marũgamĩte o hakuhĩ nake. Rĩrĩa aamoonire, akĩhiũha akiuma mũromo-inĩ wa hema yake, agĩthiĩ kũmatũnga, na agĩturumithia ũthiũ wake thĩ.
318:3 1Sam 1:18Akiuga atĩrĩ, “Mwathi wakwa, angĩkorwo nĩndetĩkĩrĩka maitho-inĩ maku, ndũkahĩtũke ndungata yaku. 418:4 Kĩam 19:2; 43:24; Luk 7:44Reke tũũĩ tũnini tũrehwo, na inyuĩ inyuothe mwĩthambe magũrũ na mũhurũke kĩĩruru-inĩ kĩa mũtĩ ũyũ. 518:5 Atiir 13:15; 19:5Na niĩ thiĩ ndĩmũrehere kĩndũ gĩa kũrĩa, nĩgeetha mũcookwo nĩ hinya, kuona atĩ nĩmwagĩũka kwa ndungata yanyu, nĩguo mũcooke mwĩthiĩre.”
Makĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ wega mũno, ĩka o ũguo woiga.”
618:6 Kĩam 19:3; 2Sam 13:8Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Iburahĩmu akĩhiũha agĩthiĩ hema-inĩ kũrĩ Sara, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Oya ibaba ithatũ18:6 nĩ ta kilo 22. cia mũtu ũrĩa mũhinyu wega, ũũkande na ũruge mĩgate naihenya.”
718:7 1Sam 28:24; Luk 15:23Ningĩ Iburahĩmu agĩtengʼera rũũru-inĩ, agĩthuura njaũ njega na njororo, akĩmĩnengera ndungata, nayo ĩkĩmĩthĩnja naihenya. 818:8 Isa 7:15, 22Ningĩ Iburahĩmu akĩmarehera iria imata na iria rĩa mwĩtha, na nyama cia njaũ ĩyo yathĩnjĩtwo, agĩciiga hau mbere yao. Nake akĩrũgama hakuhĩ nao mũtĩ-inĩ rĩrĩa maarĩĩaga.
918:9 Kĩam 3:9; Ahib 11:9Maarĩkia kũrĩa makĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Sara mũtumia waku-rĩ, arĩ kũ?”
Iburahĩmu akĩmacookeria atĩrĩ, “Arĩ kũũrĩa hema thĩinĩ.”
1018:10 Arom 9:9; Atiir 6:19Nake Jehova akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ti-itherũ nĩngooka kũrĩ we rĩngĩ hĩndĩ o ta ĩno mwaka ũyũ ũroka, na Sara mũtumia waku nĩagaciara kaana ga kahĩĩ.”
Nake Sara nĩathikagĩrĩria arĩ hau mũromo-inĩ wa hema ĩrĩa yarĩ thuutha wa Iburahĩmu. 1118:11 Kĩam 17:17; Arom 4:19Na rĩrĩ, Iburahĩmu na Sara maarĩ akũrũ na magatindĩka mĩaka yao ma, nake Sara akahĩtũkia mĩaka ya gũciara. 1218:12 Kĩam 17:17; 1Pet 3:6Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, Sara agĩĩthekera, akĩĩyũria atĩrĩ, “Thuutha wa gũkũra ũũ-rĩ, na mwathi wakwa nĩ mũkũrũ-rĩ, no ngĩgĩe na gĩkeno kĩu?”
13Nake Jehova akĩũria Iburahĩmu atĩrĩ, “Nĩ kĩĩ gĩatũma Sara atheke na eyũrie, ‘Ti-itherũ no ngĩe na mwana ndĩ mũkũrũ ũguo?’ 1418:14 Jer 32:17Kaĩ kũrĩ ũndũ ũngĩrema Jehova? Mwaka ũyũ ũroka-rĩ, nĩngacooka ihinda rĩrĩa rĩamũre, nake Sara nĩagaciara kaana ga kahĩĩ.”
15Sara agĩĩtigĩra mũno, nĩ ũndũ ũcio akĩheenania, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndinatheka.”
Nowe Jehova akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩ ma nĩwatheka.”
Iburahĩmu Gũthaithanĩrĩra Sodomu
1618:16 Kĩam 18:2Rĩrĩa andũ acio mookĩrire mathiĩ-rĩ, makĩerekera na Sodomu,18:16 Itũũra rĩa Sodomu rĩrĩ o harĩa rĩarĩ mwena wa gũthini wa Iria rĩa Cumbĩ. nake Iburahĩmu agĩtwarana nao amoimagarie. 1718:17 Amos 3:7Hĩndĩ ĩyo Jehova akĩĩyũria atĩrĩ, “No hithe Iburahĩmu ũrĩa ndĩrenda gwĩka? 1818:18 Agal 3:8Ti-itherũ Iburahĩmu nĩagatuĩka rũrĩrĩ rũnene na rwa hinya, na ndũrĩrĩ ciothe cia thĩ nĩikarathimwo nĩ ũndũ wake. 1918:19 Gũcook 4:9-10; 6:7; Jer 23:5Nĩgũkorwo nĩndĩmũthuurĩte nĩgeetha onagĩrĩrie ciana ciake, na nyũmba yake, na arĩa magooka thuutha wake, kũrũmagia mĩthiĩre ya Jehova na ũndũ wa gwĩkaga ũrĩa kwagĩrĩire, na kĩhooto, nĩgeetha Jehova akaahingĩria Iburahĩmu ũrĩa aamwĩrĩire.”
2018:20 Ezek 16:46 Ningĩ Jehova akiuga atĩrĩ, “Mũkayo wĩgiĩ Sodomu na Gomora nĩ mũnene mũno, naguo wĩhia wao nĩ mũũru mũno. 21Nĩ ũndũ ũcio niĩ nĩngũikũrũka thiĩ nyone kana ũũru ũrĩa mekĩte nĩũigana ikaya rĩrĩa rĩnginyĩire. Na aakorwo tiguo-rĩ, nĩngũmenya ũrĩa ngwĩka.”
22Nĩ ũndũ ũcio andũ acio makiuma hau magĩthiĩ merekeire Sodomu, no Iburahĩmu agĩtigwo arũgamĩte mbere ya Jehova. 2318:23 Ndar 16:22; 2Pet 2:9Nake Iburahĩmu agĩkuhĩrĩria Jehova akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Andũ arĩa athingu ũkũmaniinanĩria hamwe na arĩa aaganu? 2418:24 Jer 5:1Ĩ kũngĩkorwo kũrĩ na andũ mĩrongo ĩtano athingu itũũra-inĩ rĩu inene? Ti-itherũ no ũrĩniine na ndũrĩhonokie nĩ ũndũ wa andũ acio mĩrongo ĩtano athingu marĩ kuo? 2518:25 Ayub 8:3, 20; Isa 3:10-11; Arom 3:6Ũroaga gwĩka ũndũ ta ũcio, wa kũũraganĩria arĩa athingu hamwe na arĩa aaganu, arĩa athingu na arĩa aaganu ũmataranĩrie ũndũ ũmwe. Ũroaga gwĩka ũndũ ta ũcio! Mũtuanĩri ciira wa thĩ yothe-rĩ, githĩ ndagĩrĩirwo nĩ gwĩka ũrĩa kwagĩrĩire?”
26Nake Jehova akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ingĩkora andũ mĩrongo ĩtano athingu kũu itũũra rĩu inene rĩa Sodomu-rĩ, nĩngũhonokia kũndũ kũu guothe nĩ ũndũ wao.”
2718:27 Kĩam 2:7; Ayub 2:8Ningĩ Iburahĩmu akĩaria rĩngĩ, akiuga atĩrĩ: “Rĩu tondũ nĩngĩĩũmĩrĩirie nginya ndaaria na Mwathani, o na gũtuĩka ndĩ o rũkũngũ na mũhu-rĩ, atĩrĩ, 28ĩ hangĩaga andũ atano a acio mĩrongo ĩtano athingu? Nĩ ũngĩniina itũũra rĩu inene rĩothe nĩ ũndũ wa kwaga acio atano?”
Jehova akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ingĩkora andũ mĩrongo ĩna na atano kuo, ndikũrĩniina.”
29O rĩngĩ Iburahĩmu akĩmwarĩria akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Ĩ ũngĩkora andũ mĩrongo ĩna tu kuo?”
Nake akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩ ũndũ wa acio mĩrongo ĩna-rĩ, ndikũrĩniina.”
3018:30 Thaam 32:22Ningĩ Iburahĩmu akiuga atĩrĩ, “Mwathani aroaga kũrakara, no areke njarie. Ĩ ũngĩkora andũ mĩrongo ĩtatũ kuo?”
Nake akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Ndikũrĩniina ingĩkora andũ mĩrongo ĩtatũ kuo.”
31Iburahĩmu akiuga atĩrĩ, “Rĩu tondũ nĩngĩĩũmĩrĩirie nginya ndaaria na Mwathani-rĩ, ĩ kũngĩoneka o andũ mĩrongo ĩĩrĩ kuo?”
Nake Jehova akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩ ũndũ wa acio mĩrongo ĩĩrĩ, ndikũrĩniina.”
3218:32 Atiir 6:39Ningĩ akiuga atĩrĩ, “Mwathani aroaga kũrakara no areke njarie rĩngĩ rĩmwe. Ĩ kũngĩoneka o andũ ikũmi kuo?”
Nake Jehova agĩcookia, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩ ũndũ wa acio ikũmi-rĩ, ndikũrĩniina.”
3318:33 Kĩam 31:55Rĩrĩa Jehova aarĩkirie kwaria na Iburahĩmu, agĩĩthiĩra, nake Iburahĩmu agĩcooka mũciĩ.