23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

Other Translations of Genesis 18:23

King James Version

23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

English Standard Version

23 Then Abraham drew near and said, "Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

The Message

23 Abraham confronted him, "Are you serious? Are you planning on getting rid of the good people right along with the bad?

New King James Version

23 And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

New Living Translation

23 Abraham approached him and said, "Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 18:23

Commentary on Genesis 18:23-33

(Read Genesis 18:23-33)

Here is the first solemn prayer upon record in the Bible; and it is a prayer for the sparing of Sodom. Abraham prayed earnestly that Sodom might be spared, if but a few righteous persons should be found in it. Come and learn from Abraham what compassion we should feel for sinners, and how earnestly we should pray for them. We see here that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Abraham, indeed, failed in his request for the whole place, but Lot was miraculously delivered. Be encouraged then to expect, by earnest prayer, the blessing of God upon your families, your friends, your neighbourhood. To this end you must not only pray, but you must live like Abraham. He knew the Judge of all the earth would do right. He does not plead that the wicked may be spared for their own sake, or because it would be severe to destroy them, but for the sake of the righteous who might be found among them. And righteousness only can be made a plea before God. How then did Christ make intercession for transgressors? Not by blaming the Divine law, nor by alleging aught in extenuation or excuse of human guilt; but by pleading HIS OWN obedience unto death.