Genesis 18:16-22 New International Version

Abraham Intercedes for Sodom

16  When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17  Then the Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18  Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[1] 19  For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him." 20  Then the Lord said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21  that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know." 22  The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[2]


[1] 18:18 Or "will use his name in blessings" (see 48:20)

[2] 18:22 Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition "but the " Lord"remained standing before Abraham"

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