Understanding the Scriptures
|Pass not away (v. 3)||Do not leave|
|Fetched, fetch, fetcht (vv. 4–5, 7)||Bring, brought|
|Morsel (v. 5)||Piece|
|Pass on (v. 5)||Leave|
|Hasten, hasted (vv. 6–7)||Hurry, hurried|
|Meal (v. 6)||Flour|
|Knead (v. 6)||Prepare it for baking|
|Hearth (v. 6)||Place for cooking|
|Dress, dressed (vv. 7–8)||Prepare for eating|
|According to the time of life (vv. 10, 14)||At the time when life can be conceived|
|It ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women (v. 11)||Sarah was too old to have a baby|
|Lord (v. 12)||Husband|
|Do justice and judgment (v. 19)||Live righteously and help others|
|Cry (v. 20)||What is being said about the sin and wickedness|
|Grievous (v. 20)||Terrible|
|See whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it (v. 21)||Find out if they have done all the things people said they did|
|Peradventure (vv. 24, 28–32)||What if|
|That be far from thee to do after this manner (v. 25)||That is not the way you usually do things|
|Dust and ashes (v. 27)||Nothing compared to God|
|Left communing (v. 33)||Finished speaking|
Genesis 18:1–22—Who Visited Abraham?
Genesis 18:1 indicates that the Lord appeared to Abraham. This does not mean that the Lord was one of the three men that visited him. The Joseph Smith Translation indicates that these three men were holy men who held the priesthood and were official representatives of the Lord.
Genesis 18:20—The Sins of Sodom and Gomorrah
In Genesis 19 we learn that immorality was one of these cities’ major sins. Ezekiel 16:48–50 helps us realize that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were prideful, were unwilling to take care of the poor and needy among them, and were idle.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Genesis 18.
Answer the Lord’s Question
Choose the Best Words
After reading Genesis 18:16–33, consider what you learn about the character of Abraham and the character of God. Choose from this passage two words you think best describe Abraham and two words you think best describe the nature of God.