Genesis 18:23

23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

Read Genesis 18:23 Using Other Translations

And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Then Abraham drew near and said, "Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?

What does Genesis 18:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 18:23

And Abraham drew near
To the Lord; he approached nearer to him, to have more close and intimate conversation with him on the subject of the destruction of Sodom, which he perceived, by what had been said, was like to be; he drew nigh to God in prayer; so the Targum of Jonathan,

``and Abraham prayed and said;''
he drew nigh with faith and freedom, and an holy boldness and confidence, and yet with great reverence of the divine Majesty, and in all humility, under a deep sense of his own meanness and unworthiness: and said, wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
having in his mind righteous Lot, who dwelt in Sodom, whom he knew to be a just man, though he had departed from him, and was dwelling in such a wicked place; and he might charitably hope there were more in so large a city and in the parts adjacent, at least that were not so flagitious and abominably wicked as the greater part were, and who, in comparison of them, were sober and moral people.
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