Abraham Pleads for Sodom
18:16 When the men got up to leave, 1 they looked out over 2 Sodom. (Now 3 Abraham was walking with them to see them on their way.) 4 18:17 Then the Lord said, “Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 5 18:18 After all, Abraham 6 will surely become 7 a great and powerful nation, and all the nations on the earth will pronounce blessings on one another 8 using his name. 18:19 I have chosen him 9 so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep 10 the way of the Lord by doing 11 what is right and just. Then the Lord will give 12 to Abraham what he promised 13 him.”
18:20 So the Lord said, “The outcry against 14 Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so blatant 15 18:21 that I must go down 16 and see if they are as wicked as the outcry suggests. 17 If not, 18 I want to know.”
18:22 The two men turned 19 and headed 20 toward Sodom, but Abraham was still standing before the Lord. 21 18:23 Abraham approached and said, “Will you sweep away the godly along with the wicked? 18:24 What if there are fifty godly people in the city? Will you really wipe it out and not spare 22 the place for the sake of the fifty godly people who are in it?