The Meaning of Genesis 18:11 Explained

Genesis 18:11

KJV: Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

YLT: And Sarah is hearkening at the opening of the tent, which is behind him;

Darby: Now Abraham and Sarah were old and advanced in age: it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

ASV: Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

What does Genesis 18:11 Mean?

Context Summary

Genesis 18:1-15 - Abraham Entertains Heavenly Visitors
The Son of God is the central figure here. He loves the homes of men. It has ever been His wont to visit the homes and hearts of those who love him. See Proverbs 8:31. Abraham knew well that the High and Lofty One, who inhabits eternity, had come to dwell with him. Others might see only three men, but he recognized his divine friend, addressing Him as "My Lord;" and when the two angels went forward alone to do their awful work in Sodom, he entered into close converse with the wondrous central figure, who remained with him still. He gave personal service, and so did Sarah. They gave their very best, fine, tender, and good. And in their love the Lord found satisfaction and rest. But remember that He still stands at the door and knocks. Ponder John 14:23; Revelation 3:20. Christ tells His secrets to those He loves. His proposals and promises are so great that we can almost laugh with incredulity, but the question of Genesis 18:14 is answered by Jeremiah 32:17. Reckon on God's faithfulness; He cannot fail those who trust Him. [source]

Chapter Summary: Genesis 18

1  The Lord appears to Abraham, who entertains angels
9  Sarah is reproved for laughing at the promise of a son
16  The destruction of Sodom is revealed to Abraham
23  Abraham makes intercession for its inhabitants

What do the individual words in Genesis 18:11 mean?

And Abraham and Sarah were old well advanced in age had passed being Sarah the childbearing age of women
וְאַבְרָהָ֤ם וְשָׂרָה֙ זְקֵנִ֔ים בָּאִ֖ים בַּיָּמִ֑ים חָדַל֙ לִהְי֣וֹת לְשָׂרָ֔ה אֹ֖רַח כַּנָּשִֽׁים

וְאַבְרָהָ֤ם  And  Abraham 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: אַבְרָהָם  
Sense: friend of God and founder of Hebrew nation via God’s elective covenant.
וְשָׂרָה֙  and  Sarah 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: שָׂרָה  
Sense: wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac.
זְקֵנִ֔ים  were  old 
Parse: Adjective, masculine plural
Root: זָקֵן  
Sense: old.
בָּאִ֖ים  well  advanced 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine plural
Root: בֹּוא 
Sense: to go in, enter, come, go, come in.
בַּיָּמִ֑ים  in  age 
Parse: Preposition-b, Article, Noun, masculine plural
Root: יׄום 
Sense: day, time, year.
חָדַל֙  had  passed 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: חָדַל 
Sense: to stop, cease, desist, forego, cease to be, leave undone, forbear.
לִהְי֣וֹת  being 
Parse: Preposition-l, Verb, Qal, Infinitive construct
Root: אֶהְיֶה 
Sense: to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out.
לְשָׂרָ֔ה  Sarah 
Parse: Preposition-l, Proper Noun, feminine singular
Root: שָׂרָה  
Sense: wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac.
אֹ֖רַח  the  childbearing  age 
Parse: Noun, common singular
Root: אֹרַח  
Sense: way, path.
כַּנָּשִֽׁים  of  women 
Parse: Preposition-k, Article, Noun, feminine plural
Root: אִשָּׁה  
Sense: woman, wife, female.