Angels are entertained by Abraham. They foretell the birth of Isaac. Abraham's prayer for the men of Sodom.
1 And the Lord appeared to him in the vale of Mambre as he was sitting at the door of his tent, in the very heat of the day.
Apparuit autem ei Dominus in convalle Mambre sedenti in ostio tabernaculi sui in ipso fervore diei.
2 And when he had lifted up his eyes, there appeared to him three men standing near him: and as soon as he saw them he ran to meet them from the door of his tent, and adored down to the ground.
Cumque elevasset oculos, apparuerunt ei tres viri stantes prope eum : quos cum vidisset, cucurrit in occursum eorum de ostio tabernaculi, et adoravit in terram.
3 And he said: Lord, if I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away from thy servant:
Et dixit : Domine, si inveni gratiam in oculis tuis, ne transeas servum tuum :
4 But I will fetch a little water, and wash ye your feet, and rest ye under the tree.
sed afferam pauxillum aquae, et lavate pedes vestros, et requiescite sub arbore.
5 And I will set a morsel of bread, and strengthen ye your heart, afterwards you shall pass on: for therefore are you come aside to your servant. And they said: Do as thou hast spoken.
Ponamque buccellam panis, et confortate cor vestrum : postea transibitis : idcirco enim declinastis ad servum vestrum. Qui dixerunt : Fac ut locutus es.
6 Abraham made haste into the tent to Sara, and said to her: Make haste, temper together three measures of flour, and make cakes upon the hearth.
Festinavit Abraham in tabernaculum ad Saram, dixitque ei : Accelera, tria sata similae commisce, et fac subcinericios panes.
7 And he himself ran to the herd, and took from thence a calf very tender and very good, and gave it to a young man: who made haste and boiled it.
Ipse vero ad armentum cucurrit, et tulit inde vitulum tenerrimum et optimum, deditque puero : qui festinavit et coxit illum.
8 He took also butter and milk, and the calf which he had boiled, and set before them: but he stood by them under the tree.
Tulit quoque butyrum et lac, et vitulum quem coxerat, et posuit coram eis : ipse vero stabat juxta eos sub arbore.
9 And when they had eaten, they said to him: Where is Sara thy wife? He answered: Lo, she is in the tent.
Cumque comedissent, dixerunt ad eum : Ubi est Sara uxor tua? Ille respondit : Ecce in tabernaculo est.
10 And he said to him: I will return and come to thee at this time, life accompanying and Sara thy wife shall have a son. Which when Sara heard, she laughed behind the door of the tent.
Cui dixit : Revertens veniam ad te tempore isto, vita comite, et habebit filium Sara uxor tua. Quo audito, Sara risit post ostium tabernaculi.
11 Now they were both old, and far advanced in years, and it had ceased to be with Sara after the manner of women.
Erant autem ambo senes, provectaeque aetatis, et desierant Sarae fieri muliebria.
12 And she laughed secretly, saying: After I am grown old and my lord is an old man, shall I give myself to pleasure?
Quae risit occulte dicens : Postquam consenui, et dominus meus vetulus est, voluptati operam dabo?
13 And the Lord said to Abraham: Why did Sara laugh, saying: Shall I who am an old woman bear a child indeed?
Dixit autem Dominus ad Abraham : Quare risit Sara, dicens : Num vere paritura sum anus?
14 Is there any thing hard to God? According to appointment I will return to thee at this same time, life accompanying, and Sara shall have a son.
Numquid Deo quidquam est difficile? juxta condictum revertar ad te hoc eodem tempore, vita comite, et habebit Sara filium.
15 Sara denied, saying: I did not laugh: for she was afraid. But the Lord said, Nay: but thou didst laugh:
Negabit Sara, dicens : Non risi, timore perterrita. Dominus autem : Non est, inquit, ita : sed risisti.
16 And when the men rose up from thence, they turned their eyes towards Sodom: and Abraham walked with them, bringing them on the way.
Cum ergo surrexissent inde viri, direxerunt oculos contra Sodomam : et Abraham simul gradiebatur, deducens eos.
17 And the Lord said: Can I hide from Abraham what I am about to do:
Dixitque Dominus : Num celare potero Abraham quae gesturus sum :
18 Seeing he shall become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth shall be blessed?
cum futurus sit in gentem magnam, ac robustissimam, et benedicendae sint in illo omnes nationes terrae?
19 For I know that he will command his children, and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord, and do judgment and justice: that for Abraham's sake the Lord may bring to effect all the things he hath spoken unto him.
Scio enim quod praecepturus sit filiis suis, et domui suae post se ut custodiant viam Domini, et faciant judicium et justitiam : ut adducat Dominus propter Abraham omnia quae locutus est ad eum.
20 And the Lord said: The cry of Sodom and Gomorrha is multiplied, and their sin is become exceedingly grievous.
Dixit itaque Dominus : Clamor Sodomorum et Gomorrhae multiplicatus est, et peccatum eorum aggravatum est nimis.
21 I will go down and see whether they have done according to the cry that is come to me: or whether it be not so, that I may know.
Descendam, et videbo utrum clamorem qui venit ad me, opere compleverint; an non est ita, ut sciam.
22 And they turned themselves from thence, and went their way to Sodom: but Abraham as yet stood before the Lord.
Converteruntque se inde, et abierunt Sodomam : Abraham vero adhuc stabat coram Domino.
23 And drawing nigh he said: Wilt thou destroy the just with the wicked?
Et appropinquans ait : Numquid perdes justum cum impio?
24 If there be fifty just men in the city, shall they perish withal? and wilt thou not spare that place for the sake of the fifty just, if they be therein?
si fuerint quinquaginta justi in civitate, peribunt simul? et non parces loco illi propter quinquaginta justos, si fuerint in eo?
25 Far be it from thee to do this thing, and to slay the just with the wicked, and for the just to be in like case as the wicked, this is not beseeming thee: thou who judgest all the earth, wilt not make this judgment.
Absit a te ut rem hanc facias, et occidas justum cum impio, fiatque justus sicut impius, non est hoc tuum : qui judicas omnem terram, nequaquam facies judicium hoc.
26 And the Lord said to him: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.
Dixitque Dominus ad eum : Si invenero Sodomis quinquaginta justos in medio civitatis, dimittam omni loco propter eos.
27 And Abraham answered, and said: Seeing I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord, whereas I am dust and ashes.
Respondensque Abraham, ait : Quia semel coepi, loquar ad Dominum meum, cum sim pulvis et cinis.
28 What if there be five less than fifty just persons? wilt thou for five and forty destroy the whole city? And he said: I will not destroy it, if I find five and forty.
Quid si minus quinquaginta justis quinque fuerint? delebis, propter quadraginta quinque, universam urbem? Et ait : Non delebo, si invenero ibi quadraginta quinque.
29 And again he said to him: But if forty be found there, what wilt thou do? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of forty.
Rursumque locutus est ad eum : Sin autem quadraginta ibi inventi fuerint, quid facies? Ait : Non percutiam propter quadraginta.
30 Lord, saith he, be not angry, I beseech thee, if I speak: What if thirty shall be found there? He answered: I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
Ne quaeso, inquit, indigneris, Domine, si loquar : quid si ibi inventi fuerint triginta? Respondit : Non faciam, si invenero ibi triginta.
31 Seeing, saith he, I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord. What if twenty be found there? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.
Quia semel, ait, coepi loquar ad Dominum meum : quid si ibi inventi fuerint viginti? Ait : Non interficiam propter viginti.
32 I beseech thee, saith he, be not angry, Lord, if I speak yet once more: What if ten should be found there? And he said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.
Obsecro, inquit, ne irascaris, Domine, si loquar adhuc semel : quid si inventi fuerint ibi decem? Et dixit : Non delebo propter decem.
33 And the Lord departed, after he had left speaking to Abraham: and Abraham returned to his place.
Abiitque Dominus, postquam cessavit loqui ad Abraham : et ille reversus est in locum suum.