16Then the men set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set them on their way.
17The LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,
18seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by him?
19No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice; so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him."
20Then the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomor'rah is great and their sin is very grave,
21I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me; and if not, I will know."
22So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham still stood before the LORD.
23Then Abraham drew near, and said, "Wilt thou indeed destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt thou then destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it?
25Far be it from thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
26And the LORD said, "If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake."
27Abraham answered, "Behold, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.
28Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Wilt thou destroy the whole city for lack of five?" And he said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there."
29Again he spoke to him, and said, "Suppose forty are found there." He answered, "For the sake of forty I will not do it."
30Then he said, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there." He answered, "I will not do it, if I find thirty there."
31He said, "Behold, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there." He answered, "For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it."
32Then he said, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there." He answered, "For the sake of ten I will not destroy it."
33And the LORD went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.