Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16 When the men(A) got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way.

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22 The men(A) turned away and went toward Sodom,(B) but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 18:22 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition but the Lord remained standing before Abraham

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

19 The two angels(A) arrived at Sodom(B) in the evening, and Lot(C) was sitting in the gateway of the city.(D) When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.(E)

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10 But the men(A) inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door.

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24 So Jacob was left alone,(A) and a man(B) wrestled with him till daybreak.

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The Fall of Jericho

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man(A) standing in front of him with a drawn sword(B) in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

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Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God(A) came to me. He looked like an angel of God,(B) very awesome.(C) I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name. But he said to me, ‘You will become pregnant and have a son. Now then, drink no wine(D) or other fermented drink(E) and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from the womb until the day of his death.(F)’”

Then Manoah(G) prayed to the Lord: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God(H) you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.”

God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her. 10 The woman hurried to tell her husband, “He’s here! The man who appeared to me(I) the other day!”

11 Manoah got up and followed his wife. When he came to the man, he said, “Are you the man who talked to my wife?”

“I am,” he said.

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In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel;(A)
    as a man he struggled(B) with God.
He struggled with the angel and overcame him;
    he wept and begged for his favor.
He found him at Bethel(C)
    and talked with him there—

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Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers,(A) for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.(B)

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