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Genesis 18:6

Context

18:6 So Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick! Take 1  three measures 2  of fine flour, knead it, and make bread.” 3 

Genesis 18:9

Context

18:9 Then they asked him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” He replied, “There, 4  in the tent.”

1 tn The word “take” is supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons. In the Hebrew text the sentence lacks a verb other than the imperative “hurry.” The elliptical structure of the language reflects Abraham’s haste to get things ready quickly.

2 sn Three measures (Heb “three seahs”) was equivalent to about twenty quarts (twenty-two liters) of flour, which would make a lot of bread. The animal prepared for the meal was far more than the three visitors needed. This was a banquet for royalty. Either it had been a lonely time for Abraham and the presence of visitors made him very happy, or he sensed this was a momentous visit.

3 sn The bread was the simple, round bread made by bedouins that is normally prepared quickly for visitors.

4 tn The particle הִנֵּה (hinneh) often accompanies a gesture of pointing or a focused gaze.



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