Then Abraham said, "Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there." God answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it." --Genesis 18.32
Words by Indi Leino, music by Rustan Leino, 1995.
Copyright © 1995, Indi and Rustan Leino.
Audio: [mp3] (2.1 MB)Indi Leino: vocals.
Rustan Leino: keyboards and programming, background vocals.
Recorded by Rustan Leino, 1995, 2000, 2001.
Copyright © 1995, 2000, 2001, Indi and Rustan Leino.
The verse above from Genesis is one of those classic stories in the Bible. Abraham is arguing with God, in a humorously modest way, attempting to get God to save the city Sodom. (More of the story below.) The hope in the story provided the inspiration for this song.
Then Abraham came near and said, "Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just? And the Lord said, "If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake. ...
Then Abraham said, "Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there." He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it." ...
When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Get up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or else you will be consumed in the punishment of the city." But he lingered; so the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and left him outside the city."
--Genesis 18:23-26,32 and 19:15-16.
You say the world has gone bad,
You say that you have tried,