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Three days after performing bris mila on himself, Avraham
is visited by G-d.  When three angels appear in human form,
Avraham rushes to show them hospitality by bringing them into his tent,
despite this being the most painful time after the operation.
Sarah laughs when she hears from them that she will bear a son next year.

G-d reveals to Avraham that He will destroy Sodom, and
Avraham pleads for Sodom to be spared.  G-d agrees that if there
are fifty righteous people in Sodom, He will not destroy it.
 Avraham "bargains" G-d down to ten righteous people.
However, not even ten can be found.

Lot, his wife and two daughters are rescued just before sulfur and fire
rain down on Sodom and her sister cities.  Lot's wife looks back and is
turned into a pillar of salt.  Lot's daughters fear that, as a result of the
destruction, there will be no husbands for them.  They decide to get their
father drunk and through him to perpetuate the human race.
From the elder daughter, Moav is born, and from the younger, Ammon.

Avraham moves to Gerar, where Avimelech abducts Sarah.
After G-d appears to Avimelech in a dream,
he releases Sarah and appeases Avraham.

As promised, a son, Yitzchak, is born to Sarah and Avraham.
On the eighth day after the birth, Avraham circumcises him as G-d
commanded.  Avraham makes a feast the day Yitzchak is weaned.

Sarah tells Avraham to banish Hagar and Hagar's son Yishmael
because she sees in him signs of degeneracy.  Avraham is distressed at the
prospect of banishing his son, but G-d tells him to listen to whatever
Sarah tells him to do.  After nearly dying of thirst in the desert, Yishmael is
rescued by an angel and G-d promises that he will be the progenitor of a
mighty nation.

 Avimelech enters into an alliance with Avraham when he sees
that G-d is with him.  In a tenth and final test, G-d instructs
Avraham to take Yitzchak, who is now 37, and to offer him as a sacrifice.
Avraham does this, in spite of ostensibly aborting Jewish nationhood
and contradicting his life-long preaching against human sacrifice.

At the last moment, G-d sends an angel to stop Avraham.
Because of Avraham's unquestioning obedience, G-d promises
him that even if the Jewish People sin, they will never
be completely dominated by their foes.

The Parsha ends with the genealogy and birth of Rivka.