faithful vs. sinner --> decent vs. indecent
|And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
|Abraham came closer, and said "Will you kill both the
sinners ''and'' the faithful?
|Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
|What if there are fifty
faithful people in the city, you won't have mercy and not destroy the city if that would also kill the fifty faithful?
|That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
|That doesn't seem like You, to kill the
faithful along with the sinner, and to treat the faithful just like the sinner who does't love You. You are the highest judge on Earth, so why don't you be more fair?"
|And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
|And God said, "If I find fifty
faithful people in Sodom, I will leave the city alone so they can be safe."
|And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
|And Abraham answered, "Wow, I have talked directly to God, even though I am
insignificant in comparison.
|Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
|But what if the city only has forty-five
faithful people? Will You destroy the city because it's five short?" And God said, "If there are forty-five, I will not destroy it."
|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.
|And Abraham said, "Please don't get mad at me for asking, but what if there are thirty
faithful?" God replied "If I find thirty faithful, I won't destroy the city."
|And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
|And Abraham said "I can't believe I'm saying this, but what if there are twenty
faithful?" God replied "I will not destroy it if there are twenty."
|And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
|Abraham said again, "Please don't be angry, but let me ask just one more time: what if there are only ten
faithful?" And God said, "I won't destroy it if there are ten."