22The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but
Abraham remained standing before the Lord.
23Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
24What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you
really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the
fifty righteous people in it?
25Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike.
Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do
26The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of
Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and
28what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
30Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak.
What if only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to
the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
32Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak
just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
God listens to his children when they plea for the people, imagine a whole city and not even ten righteous was found.