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18:3 and said, "My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please don`t go away from your servant.
18:7 Abraham ran to the herd, and fetched a tender and good calf, and gave it to the servant. He hurried to dress it.
18:9 They said to him, "Where is Sarah, your wife? He said, "See, in the tent."
18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age. It had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
18:15 Then Sarah denied, saying, "I didn`t laugh," for she was afraid." He said, "No, but you did laugh."
18:16 The men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom. Abraham went with them to see them on their way.
18:17 Yahweh said, "Will I hide from Abraham what I do,
18:18 seeing that Abraham has surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed in him?
18:19 For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Yahweh, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that Yahweh may bring on Abraham that which he has spoken of him."
18:20 Yahweh said, "Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,
18:21 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."
18:22 The men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, but Abraham stood yet before Yahweh.
18:23 Abraham drew near, and said, "Will you consume the righteous with the wicked?
18:24 What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are therein?
18:25 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 earth do right?"
18:27 Abraham answered, "See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.
18:28 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."
18:29 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."
18:30 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."
18:31 He said, "See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord. What if there are twenty found there?" He said, "I will not destroy it for the twenty`s sake."
18:32 He said, "Oh don`t let the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once. What if ten are found there?" He said, "I will not destroy it for the ten`s sake."
18:33 Yahweh went his way, as soon as he had finished communing with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.