Genesis 18:27
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.

Berean Study Bible
Then Abraham answered, “Now that I have ventured to speak to the Lord—though I 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:

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

Contemporary English Version
Abraham answered, "I am nothing more than the dust of the earth. Please forgive me, LORD, for daring to speak to you like this.

Good News Translation
Abraham spoke again: "Please forgive my boldness in continuing to speak to you, Lord. I am only a man and have no right to say anything.

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),

New Heart English Bible
Abraham answered, "See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord, who 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,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abraham answered and said: 'Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.

New American Standard 1977
And Abraham answered and said, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but 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:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abraam answered and said, Now I have begun to speak to my Lord, and I am earth 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;
Study Bible
Abraham Begs for Sodom
26So the LORD replied, “If I find fifty righteous ones within the city of Sodom, on their account I will spare the whole place.” 27Then Abraham answered, “Now that I have ventured to speak to the Lord— though I am but dust and ashes— 28suppose the fifty righteous ones lack five. Will you destroy the whole city for the lack of five?” He replied, “If I find forty-five there, I will not destroy it.”…
Cross References
Genesis 3:19
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread, until you return to the ground--because out of it were you taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return."

Genesis 18:28
suppose the fifty righteous ones lack five. Will you destroy the whole city for the lack of five?" He replied, "If I find forty-five there, I will not destroy it."

Job 30:19
He throws me into the mud, and I have become like dust and ashes.

Job 42:6
Therefore I retract my words, and I repent in dust and ashes."

Treasury of Scripture

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

I have.

Genesis 18:30-32
And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there…

Ezra 9:6
And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

Job 42:6-8
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes…

dust.

Genesis 2:7
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 3:19
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Job 4:19
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?







Lexicon
Then Abraham
אַבְרָהָ֖ם (’aḇ·rā·hām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 85: Abraham -- 'exalted father', the father of the Jewish nation

answered,
וַיַּ֥עַן (way·ya·‘an)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

“Now that
הִנֵּה־ (hin·nêh-)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

I have ventured
הוֹאַ֙לְתִּי֙ (hō·w·’al·tî)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2974: To show willingness, be pleased, determine, undertake (to do anything)

to speak
לְדַבֵּ֣ר (lə·ḏab·bêr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the Lord—
אֲדֹנָ֔י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

though I
וְאָנֹכִ֖י (wə·’ā·nō·ḵî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

am but dust
עָפָ֥ר (‘ā·p̄ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

and ashes—
וָאֵֽפֶר׃ (wā·’ê·p̄er)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 665: Ashes
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). 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.
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