Bible: Genesis 18:22-33

18:22 The two men turned 1  and headed 2  toward Sodom, but Abraham was still standing before the Lord. 3  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 4  the place for the sake of the fifty godly people who are in it? 18:25 Far be it from you to do such a thing – to kill the godly with the wicked, treating the godly and the wicked alike! Far be it from you! Will not the judge 5  of the whole earth do what is right? 6 

18:26 So the Lord replied, “If I find in the city of Sodom fifty godly people, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

18:27 Then Abraham asked, “Since I have undertaken to speak to the Lord 7  (although I am but dust and ashes), 8  18:28 what if there are five less than the fifty godly people? Will you destroy 9  the whole city because five are lacking?” 10  He replied, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”

18:29 Abraham 11  spoke to him again, 12 What if forty are found there?” He replied, “I will not do it for the sake of the forty.”

18:30 Then Abraham 13  said, “May the Lord not be angry 14  so that I may speak! 15  What if thirty are found there?” He replied, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

18:31 Abraham 16  said, “Since I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”

18:32 Finally Abraham 17  said, “May the Lord not be angry so that I may speak just once more. What if ten are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”

18:33 The Lord went on his way 18  when he had finished speaking 19  to Abraham. Then Abraham returned home. 20 

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