The LORD said, "Because the cry of Sedom and `Amorah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,
I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come to me. If not, I will know."
The men turned from there, and went toward Sedom, but Avraham stood yet before the LORD.
Avraham drew near, and said, "Will you consume the righteous with the wicked?
What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are therein?
Be it far from you to do things like that, to kill the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked. May that be far from you. Shouldn't the Judge of all the eretz do right?"
The LORD said, "If I find in Sedom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake."
Avraham answered, "See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.
What if there will lack five of the fifty righteous? Will you destroy all the city for lack of five?" He said, "I will not destroy it, if I find forty-five there."
He spoke to him yet again, and said, "What if there are forty found there?" He said, "I will not do it for the forty's sake."
He said, "Oh don't let the Lord be angry, and I will speak. What if there are thirty found there?" He said, "I will not do it, if I find thirty there."