Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation,1 and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
For I have chosen him2, so that he will direct his children3 and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD 4 by doing what is right and just,5 so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."620
Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom7 and Gomorrah is so great8 and their sin so grievous921
that I will go down10 and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
The men11 turned away and went toward Sodom,12 but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.a1323
Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?1424
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?1525
Far be it from you to do such a thing16--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous17 and the wicked alike.18 Far be it from you! Will not the Judgec19 of all the earth do right?"2026
The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.21"
Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,2228
what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?" "If I find forty-five there," he said, "I will not destroy it."