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Genesis 18:6

    Genesis 18:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes on the hearth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then Abraham went quickly into the tent, and said to Sarah, Get three measures of meal straight away and make cakes.

    Webster's Revision

    And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.

    World English Bible

    Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Quickly prepare three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.

    Definitions for Genesis 18:6

    Hearth - A furnace; fire.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 18:6

    Three measures of fine meal - The סאה seah, which is here translated measure, contained, according to Bishop Cumberland, about two gallons and a half; and Mr. Ainsworth translates the word peck. On this circumstance the following observations of the judicious and pious Abbe Fleury cannot fail to be acceptable to the reader. Speaking of the frugality of the patriarchs he says: "We have an instance of a splendid entertainment in that which Abraham made for the three angels. He set a whole calf before them, new bread, but baked on the hearth, together with butter and milk. Three measures of meal were baked into bread on this occasion, which come to more than two of our bushels, and nearly to fifty-six pounds of our weight; hence we may conclude that men were great eaters in those days, used much exercise, were probably of a much larger stature as well as longer lives than we. Homer (Odyss. lib. xiv., ver. 74, etc). makes his heroes great eaters. When Eumaeus entertained Ulysses, he dressed two pigs for himself and his guest.

    'So saying, he girded quick his tunic close,

    And issuing sought the styes; thence bringing two,

    Of the imprisoned herd, he slaughtered both,

    Singed them and slash'd and spitted them, and placed

    The whole well roasted, banquets spits, and all,

    Reeking before Ulysses.'

    Cowper.

    On another occasion a hog of five years old was slaughtered and served up for five persons: -

    ' - His wood for fuel he prepared,

    And dragging thither a well-fatted brawn

    Of the fifth year:

    Next piercing him, and scorching close his hair,

    The joints they parted,' etc.

    continued...

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 18:6

    Abraham hastened. - The unvarying customs of Eastern pastoral life here come up before us. There is plenty of flour and of live cattle. But the cakes have to be kneaded and baked on the hearth, and the calf has to be killed and dressed. Abraham personally gives directions, Sarah personally attends to the baking, and the boy or lad - that is, the domestic servant whose business it is - kills and dresses the meat. Abraham himself attends upon his guests. "Three seahs." About three pecks, and therefore a superabundant supply for three guests. An omer, or three tenths of a seah, was considered sufficient for one man for a day Exodus 16:16. But Abraham had a numerous household, and plentifulness was the character of primitive hospitality. "Hearth cakes," baked among the coals. "Butter" - seemingly any preparation of milk, cream, curds, or butter, all of which are used in the East.