Genesis 18:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 18:21, NIV: "that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.'"

Genesis 18:21, ESV: "I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”"

Genesis 18:21, KJV: "I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know."

Genesis 18:21, NASB: "I will go down now and see whether they have done entirely as the outcry, which has come to Me indicates; and if not, I will know.'"

Genesis 18:21, NLT: "I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.'"

Genesis 18:21, CSB: "I will go down to see if what they have done justifies the cry that has come up to me. If not, I will find out.""

What does Genesis 18:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Lord continues explaining to Abraham His plans for Sodom and Gomorrah. In the previous verse, God states that outcry over the sins of those cities had reached His ears. Now the Lord says that He intends to go down to the cities to see for Himself if such an outcry is justified. Both of these are examples of God using human terminology to more clearly explain His message. The Lord already knows exactly what sins have occurred. He intends to visit the cities to make the case for executing His judgment on them, much as a parent who already knows exactly what a child has done says they are going to "go look" at the situation.

In the following verses, we will see Abraham's great concern for his nephew Lot, who lives in Sodom and is in great danger of being swept away with the wicked people of the city.