And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop
toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,
And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD;
against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and
will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
Seeing then that
I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked,
therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:
That all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.
And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah 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 unto me;
and if not, I will know.
And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
And Abraham drew near, and said,
Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that
That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee:
Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which
but dust and ashes:
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for
And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy
And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do
for forty's sake.
And he said
, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do
, if I find thirty there.
And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy
for twenty's sake.
And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy
for ten's sake.
And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.