Genesis 18:27
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New International Version
Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,

New Living Translation
Then Abraham spoke again. "Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes.

English Standard Version
Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.

New American Standard Bible
And Abraham replied, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.

King James Bible
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Abraham answered, "Since I have ventured to speak to the Lord--even though I am dust and ashes--

International Standard Version
Abraham answered, "Look, even though I am only dust and ashes, I've ventured to speak to my LORD.

NET Bible
Then Abraham asked, "Since I have undertaken to speak to the Lord (although I am but dust and ashes),

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham asked, "Consider now, if I may be so bold as to ask you, although I'm [only] dust and ashes,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes;

King James 2000 Bible
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes:

American King James Version
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to speak to the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:

American Standard Version
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Abraham answered, and said: Seeing I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord, whereas I am dust and ashes.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have ventured to speak unto the Lord; I, who am dust and ashes.

English Revised Version
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I, who am dust and ashes, have taken upon me to speak to the Lord.

World English Bible
Abraham answered, "See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham answereth and saith, 'Lo, I pray thee, I have willed to speak unto the Lord, and I -- dust and ashes;
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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 27. - And Abraham answered and said (being emboldened by the success of his first petition), Behold now, I have taken upon me, literally, I have begun, though here perhaps used in a more emphatic sense: I have undertaken or ventured (vide Gesenius, p. 326) - to speak unto the Lord - Adonai (Genesis 15:2) - which am but dust and ashes. "Dust in his origin and ashes in his end" (Delitzsch; vide Genesis 3:19).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Abraham answered and said,.... In a very humble and modest manner, encouraged by the answer given him:

behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord; suggesting that it was bold and daring in him, and was what he was unfit for and unworthy of; or, "I have begun to speak" (e); and since he had, he intimates, it would be a favour, and what he was undeserving of, might he be permitted to proceed; or, "I am desirous to speak" (f); it is a pleasure to me, as well as an honour done me, to be permitted to speak unto the Lord, though I deserve it not:

which am but dust and ashes; whose original was out of the dust, and to which he would return, and was now a frail, feeble, mortal creature, mean and despicable, unworthy to speak to God; the disproportion between the speaker and the person spoken to was infinite; wherefore the most profound humility and self-abasement are necessary in a creature's approach to the divine Being.

(e) "coepi, loquar", V. L. "loqui", Pagninus, Montanus; so Targum Jon. (f) "Gestio, volo, eupio", Vatablus; "cuperem alloqui", Junius & Tremellius; so Jarchi and Aben Ezra, and Ben Gersom.



Genesis 18:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham Begs for Sodom
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. 28"Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?" And He said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there."…
Cross References
Genesis 3:19
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

Genesis 18:28
what 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."

Job 30:19
He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes.

Job 42:6
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes."
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