For I have chosen him1, so that he will direct his children2 and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD 3 by doing what is right and just,4 so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."520
Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom6 and Gomorrah is so great7 and their sin so grievous821
that I will go down9 and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
The men10 turned away and went toward Sodom,11 but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.a1223
Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?1324
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?1425
Far be it from you to do such a thing15--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous16 and the wicked alike.17 Far be it from you! Will not the Judgec18 of all the earth do right?"1926
The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.20"
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,2128
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."
Once again he spoke to him, "What if only forty are found there?" He said, "For the sake of forty, I will not do it."