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{Genesis 18:1} And the LORD 3068 appeared 7200 z8735 unto x413 him in the plains 436 of Mamre: 4471 and he x1931 sat 3427 z8802 in the tent 168 door 6607 in the heat 2527 of the day; 3117
appeared:
"After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward." {Gen 15:1} + "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. ... And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying," {Gen 17:1-3} + "And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham." {Gen 17:22} + "And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:" {Gen 26:2} + "And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me," {Gen 48:3} + "And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee." {Exd 4:1} + "In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee." {2Ch 1:7} + "And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran," {Act 7:2}
Mamre:
"Then Abram removed [his] tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which [is] in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD." {Gen 13:18} + "And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these [were] confederate with Abram." {Gen 14:13}
and he sat:
In these verses we have a delightful picture of genuine and primitive hospitality. A venerable father sits at the tent door, not only to enjoy the current of refreshing air, but that if he saw any weary and exhausted travellers, he might invite them to rest and refresh themselves during the heat of the day, and the same custom still continues in the east. It was not the custom, nor was there any necessity, for strangers to knock at the door, or to speak first, but to stand till they were invited.

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