Genesis 18:26
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New International Version
The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."

New Living Translation
And the LORD replied, "If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake."

English Standard Version
And the LORD said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

New American Standard Bible
So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account."

King James Bible
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD said, "If I find 50 righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."

International Standard Version
The LORD said, "If I find 50 righteous people within Sodom, I'll forgive the whole place for their sake."

NET Bible
So the LORD replied, "If I find in the city of Sodom fifty godly people, I will spare the whole place for their sake."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD said, "If I find 50 innocent people inside the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

American King James Version
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to him: If I And in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said, If I find at Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will forgive all the place for their sakes.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

World English Bible
Yahweh said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith, 'If I find in Sodom fifty righteous in the midst of the city, then have I borne with all the place for their sake.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city (thus accepting the test proposed by Abraham, but not necessarily thereby acquiescing in the absolute soundness of his logic), then I will spare (not as an act of justice, but as an exercise of mercy, and not because of any suspicions that might otherwise attach to my rectitude, but solely in vindication of my clemency) all the place (not the righteous merely, which was all that justice could have legitimately demanded) for their sakes, i.e. because of the claims upon my mercy which grace admits the righteous to prefer.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city,.... Sodom is particularly mentioned because Lot dwelt there, and being the metropolis, and the city of greatest note, as Jarchi observes, it is put for the rest; and the sense is, if fifty righteous persons could be found in all the five cities, mercy should be shown them:

then will I spare all the place for their sakes; not Sodom only, but the whole country, of which Sodom was the chief; the Lord takes up and agrees to the number Abraham pitched upon, and grants the request he makes.



Genesis 18:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham Begs for Sodom
25"Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?" 26So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account." 27And Abraham replied, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:17
Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?

Jeremiah 5:1
"Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.
Treasury of Scripture

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