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Ver. 1 AND when Abram was ninety Years old and nine,

n the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto tim, I am the ALMIGHTY GOD; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

2 And I will make my COVENANT between me and thce, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

3 And Abram fell on his Face : and God talked with him, saying,

4 As for me, behold, my Covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a Father of many Nations.

5 Neither shall thy Name any more be called Abram ; but thy Name shall be ABRAHAM, for a Father of many Nations have I made thee.

6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make Nations of thee ; and Kings shall come out of thee. "

7 And I will establish my COVENANT between me and thee, and thy Seed after thee, in their Generations for an everlasting Covenant ; to be a God unto thee, and to thy Seed after thee.

8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy Seed after thee, the Land wherein thou art a Stranger, all the Land of Canaan, for an everlasting Possession ; and I will be their GOD.

9 And God said unto ABRAHAM, Thou shalt keep my COVENANT therefore, thou, and thy Seed after thee, in their Generations. 10 n This is my Cove- "A&s vii. 8 And he gave him the

COVENANT of CIRCUMCISION : and NANT Which ye mau kepfo ABRAHAM begat Isaac, and cirbetween me and you, and cumcised him the eighth Day : and thy Seed af er thee; Every Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob begat Man-child among you lhall

the twelve PATRIARCHS.

Rom. ii. 25 For CIRCUMCISION vebe circumcised.

rily profiteth, if thou keep the Law: 11 And ye shall circumcise but if thou be a Breaker of the Law,

thy CIRCUMCISION is made Uncirs, the Flesh of your Fore-skin, cumcision. and it shall be a Token of 26 Therefore if the Uncircumcifion the Covenant betwixt me and

keep the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the Law,

shall nor his Uncircumcision be countyou.

ed for CIRCUMCISION? 12 And he that is eight 27 And shall not Uncircumcision Days old shall be circumcised e niromisod which is by Nature, if it fulfil the

Law, judge thee, who by the Letter among you, every Man-child and CircuMCISION, dolt transgress in your Generations, he that the Law?, : is born in the House, or

28 For he is not a Jew, which is

bought

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bised, in his peoenant. nto A

bought with Money of any one outwardly; neither is that CIR. Stranger, which is not of thy r which is not of thiv CUMCISION, which is outward in the

FLESH: Seed.

29 But he is a Jew, which is one 13 He that is born in thy INWARDLY; and CIRCUMCISION is thać House, and he that is bought

of the Heart, in the Spirit, and

not in the Letter, whose Praise is not with thy Money, must needs of Men, but of God.. be circumcised: and my Co- Rom. iv. 9 Cometh this Blessedness

then upon the Circumcision only, or venant shall be in your Flesh

upon the Uncircumcision also For for an everlasting Covenant. we say, that Faith was reckoned to - And the uncircumcised ABRAHAM for RIGHTEOUSNESS.

10 How was it then reckoned ? Man-child, whole fiein of when he was in Circumcision, or in his Fore-skin is not circum- Uncircumcision ? noe in Circumcisicised, that Soul shall be cut on, but in Uncircumcision.

11 And he received the sign of off from his People : he hath Circumcigon, a Seal of the Rigabroken my Covenant. TEOUSNESS of the Faith which he 15 And God said unto A

had yet being uncircumcised : that

he might be the Father of all them braham, As for Sarai thy that believe, though they be not cirWife, thou shalt not call her cumcised ; that RiGHTEOUSNESS might Name Sarai, but Sarah Ihall be iMPUTED unto them also :

12 And the FATHER of CIRCUMCIher Name be.

SION to them who are not of the Cir16 And I will bless her, cumcision only, but also walk in the and give thee a Son also of ABRAHAM. which he had being yet

Steps of that Faith of our FATHER her: yea, I will bless her, and uncircumcised. the hall be a Mother of Na. 13 For the PROMISE that he should

be the Heir of the WORLD, was not tions ; Angs of reople mall to ABRAHAM, or to his Seed through tions; Kings of People shall be of her.

the Law, but through the RIGHTE17 Then Abraham fell up- OUSNES of Faith

14 For if they which are of the on his Face, and laughed, and Law be Herrs, Faith is made void, said in his Heart, Shall a Child and the Promise made of none Efbe born unto him that is ante

Gal. v. 4. CHRIST is become of no hundred Years old and shall Effect unto you, whosoever of you Sarah, that is ninety Years are JUSTIFIED by the Law; ye are falold, bear?

len from GRACE.

s For we through the SPIRIT wait 18 And Abraham faid un- for the Hope of RIGHTEOUSNESS by to God, Othat Ishmael might Faith.. live before thee!

6 For in JESUS CHRIST, neither

Circumcision availeth any thing, nor · 19 And God said, Sarah Uncircumcision, but FAITH which thy Wife shall bear thee a WORK ETH by LOVE.

Galvi. 14 But God forbid that I Son indeed ; and thou shalt should alo

inalt should glory, save in the Cross of our call his Name Isaac : and I LORD Jesus Christ, by whom the will establish my Covenant World is CRUCIFIED unto me, and I

unto the World. with him for an everlasting is for in Christ Jesus neither Covenant, and with his Seed Circumcision availeth any thing, nor after him.

20 And

TURE.

20 And as for Ishmael, I Uncircumcision, but a new CREAhave heard thee : behold, I *

. 16 And as many as walk accordhave blessed him, and willing to this Rule, Peace be on them, make him fruitful, and will and Mercy, and upon the Israel of

God. multiply him exceedingly : Col. ii, 11 In whom also ye are twelve Princes shall he beget, circumcised with the Circumcision and I will make him a great made without Hands, in putting off and I will make him a great the Body of the Sins of the Flesh, Nation.

by the CIRCUMCISION of CHRIST, 21 But my Covenant will I establish with Ifaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set Time in the next Year,

22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

23 And Abraham took Ishmael his Son, and all that were born in his House, and all that were bought with his Money, every Male among the Men of Abraham's House; and circumcised the Flesh of their Fore-skin, in the self-fame Day, as God had said unto him.

24 And Abraham was ninety Years old and nine when he was circumcised in the Flesh of his Fore-skin.

25 And Ishmael his Son was thirteen Years old when he was circumcised in the Flesh of his Fore-skin.

26 In the self-fame Day was Abraham circumcised, and Ithmael his Son.

27 And all the Men of his House, born in the House, and bought with Money of the Stranger, were circumcised with him

CHA P. XVIII. 1 Abraham entertaineth three Angels. 9 Sarah is reproved for

laughing at the strange Promise. 17 The Destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham. ' 23 Abraham maketh Intercefa fion for the Men thereof.

Ver. 1 AND the LORD appeared unto him in the Plains

n of Mamre : and he fat in the Tent-door in the Heat of the Day.

2 And he lift up his Eyes and looked, and lo, three Men tood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the Tent-door, and bowed himself toward the Ground,

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3 o And said, My LORD, 'Heb. xiii. 2 Be not forgetful co if now I have found Favour

entertain Strangers; for thereby some

our have entertained ANGELS unawares. in thy Sight, país not away, I pray thee, from thy Servant.

4 Let a little Water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your Feet, and rest your selves under the Tree.

5 And I will fetch a Morsel of Bread, and comfort ye your Hearts ; after that you shall pass on : for therefore are ye come to your Servant. And they said, So do as thou hast said.

6 And Abraham hastned into the Tent unto Sarah, and · faid, Make ready quickly three Measures of fine Meal, knead it, and make Cakes upon the Hearth.

7 And Abraham ran unto the Herd, and fetched a Calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young Man; and he hasted to dress it.

8 And he took Butter and Milk, and the Calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the Tree, and they did cat.

9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy Wife ? and he said, Behold, in the Tent.

10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the Time of Life ; and lo, Sarah thy Wife shall have a Son. And Sarah heard it in the Tent-door, which was behind him.

11 Now Abraham and Sarah were o!d, and well ítricken in Age: and it ceased to be with Sarah after the Manner of Women.

12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old, shall I have Pleasure, my Lord, being old also ?

13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a Child, which am old ?

14 Is any thing too HARD for the LORD ? At the Time APPOINTED will I return unto thee, according to the Time of Life, and Sarah shall have a Son.

15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not : for the was afraid. And he said, Nay, but thou didst laugh.

16 And the Men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: And Abraham went with them to bring them on their Way.

was afraid,

Men rose up from h them to bring th

17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that Thing which I do ;

18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and MIGHTY NATION, and all the Nations of the Earth shall be BLESSED in him?

19 For I know him, that he will COMMAND his ChilDREN and his Houshold after him, and they shall KEEP THE WAY of the LORD, to do JUSTICE and Judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

20 And the LORD said, Because the Cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their Sin is very frieVOUS ;

21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the Cry of it, which is come unto me ; and if not, I will know.

22 And the Men turned their Faces from thence, and went toward Sodom : but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also DESTROY the RIGHTEOUS with the WICKED?

24 Peradventure there shall be fifty Righteous within the City : wilt thou also destroy, and not SPARE the Place for the fifty Righteous that are therein.

25 That be far from thee to do after this Manner, to SLAY the RIGHTEOUS with the Wicked: and that the Righteous should be as the Wicked, that be far from thee : fall not the Judge of all the Earth do RIGHT?

26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom FIFTY Righteous within the City, then will I spare all the Place for their Sakes.

27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold, now have I taken upon me to SPEAK unto the LORD, which am but Dust and Ashes.

28 Perdventure there shall lack Five of the fifty Righteous : wilt thou destroy all the City for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. .

29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Perad, venture there shall be FORTY found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's Sake.

30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be Ana GPY, and I will speak : Peradventure there thall THIRTY

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