The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleGenesis 18:23
And Abraham drew near…
To the Lord; he approached nearer
to him, to have more close and intimate conversation with him on the
subject of the destruction of Sodom, which he perceived, by what had
been said, was like to be; he drew nigh to God in prayer; so the Targum
``and Abraham prayed and said;''
he drew nigh with faith and freedom, and an holy boldness and
confidence, and yet with great reverence of the divine Majesty, and in
all humility, under a deep sense of his own meanness and unworthiness:
and said, wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
in his mind righteous Lot, who dwelt in Sodom, whom he knew to be a
just man, though he had departed from him, and was dwelling in such a
wicked place; and he might charitably hope there were more in so large
a city and in the parts adjacent, at least that were not so flagitious
and abominably wicked as the greater part were, and who, in comparison
of them, were sober and moral people.