Abraham Intercedes for Sodom
Then the men turned away from there a and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD.
And Abraham b came near and said, c "Would You also d destroy the e righteous with the wicked?
"Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?
"Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so f that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! g Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
So the LORD said, h "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes."
Then Abraham answered and said, "Indeed now, I who am i but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord:
"Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?" So He said, "If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it."
And he spoke to Him yet again and said, "Suppose there should be forty found there?" So He said, "I will not do it for the sake of forty."
Then he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?" So He said, "I will not do it if I find thirty there."
And he said, "Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?" So He said, "I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty."
Then he said, j "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?" k And He said, "I will not destroy it for the sake of ten."
So the LORD went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way.
Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked.
Then they fell on their faces, and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and You be angry with all the congregation?
2 Samuel 24:17
Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was striking the people, and said, "Surely I have sinned, and I have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father's house.
Psalms 11:4 - 7
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Then Gideon said to God, "Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.