18:20 So the Lord said, “The outcry against 1 Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so blatant 2 18:21 that I must go down 3 and see if they are as wicked as the outcry suggests. 4 If not, 5 I want to know.”
1 tn Heb “the outcry of Sodom,” which apparently refers to the outcry for divine justice from those (unidentified persons) who observe its sinful ways.
2 tn Heb “heavy.”
3 tn The cohortative indicates the
sn I must go down. The descent to “see” Sodom is a bold anthropomorphism, stressing the careful judgment of God. The language is reminiscent of the
4 tn Heb “[if] according to the outcry that has come to me they have done completely.” Even the
5 sn The short phrase if not provides a ray of hope and inspires Abraham’s intercession.