Genesis 18:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 18:6, NIV: "So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. 'Quick,' he said, 'get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.'"

Genesis 18:6, ESV: "And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.”"

Genesis 18:6, 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."

Genesis 18:6, NASB: "So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, 'Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it, and make bread cakes.'"

Genesis 18:6, NLT: "So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, 'Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.'"

Genesis 18:6, CSB: "So Abraham hurried into the tent and said to Sarah, "Quick! Knead three measures of fine flour and make bread.""

What does Genesis 18:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When God assumes a temporary human form, it is referred to as a theophany. This incident is an example: God, appearing as a man, has arrived with two angels—who also appear to be human—near Abraham's tent. Abraham has responded by bowing before them and urging them to stay while he provides some water and a "morsel of bread" for their refreshment. Abraham's behavior might be the usual ancient eastern approach to hospitality. Or, possibly, he quickly realized that the men he was speaking to were not ordinary men.

Now he runs back to the tent and tells Sarah to quickly make cakes, meaning loaves of bread, for the three visitors. However, he tells her to use with three seahs of fine flour. In modern measurements, this would be approximately 21 quarts or liters! That would make an extravagant amount of bread for just three men. But the cakes / loaves are just the beginning. Abraham is engineering a royal feast.