Genesis 18:16-26 (New International Version)

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Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16 When the men1 got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham2 what I am about to do?3 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation,4 and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him5, so that he will direct his children6 and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD7 by doing what is right and just,8 so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."9 20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom10 and Gomorrah is so great11 and their sin so grievous12 21 that I will go down13 and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know." 22 The men14 turned away and went toward Sodom,15 but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.a16 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?17 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spareb the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?18 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing19--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous20 and the wicked alike.21 Far be it from you! Will not the Judgec22 of all the earth do right?"23 26 The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.24"
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