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G enesis 19
“Stand back!” they shouted. “This fellow came to town as an outsider,
and now he’s acting like our judge! We’ll treat you far worse than those other
men!” And they lunged toward Lot to break down the door.
10 But the two angels* reached out, pulled Lot into the house, and bolted
the door. 11 Then they blinded all the men, young and old, who were at the
door of the house, so they gave up trying to get inside.
12 Meanwhile, the angels questioned Lot. “Do you have any other relatives
here in the city?” they asked. “Get them out of this place—your sons-in-law,
sons, daughters, or anyone else. 13 For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the Lord, and
he has sent us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot rushed out to tell his daughters’ fiancés, “Quick, get out of the
city! The Lord is about to destroy it.” But the young men thought he was
15 At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. “Hurry,” they
said to Lot. “Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out
right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!”
16 When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his
wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the
Lord was merciful. 17 When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels
ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the
valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!”
18 “Oh no, my lord!” Lot begged. 19 “You have been so gracious to me and
saved my life, and you have shown such great kindness. But I cannot go to
the mountains. Disaster would catch up to me there, and I would soon die.
20 See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; don’t you
see how small it is? Then my life will be saved.”
21 “All right,” the angel said, “I will grant your request. I will not destroy
the little village. 22 But hurry! Escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.” (This explains why that village was known as Zoar, which means
23 Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon. 24 Then
the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and
Gomorrah. 25 He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. 26 But
Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into
a pillar of salt.
27 Abraham got up early that morning and hurried out to the place where
he had stood in the Lord’s presence. 28 He looked out across the plain toward
Sodom and Gomorrah and watched as columns of smoke rose from the cities
like smoke from a furnace.
29 But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing
him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain.
Lot and His Daughters
Afterward Lot left Zoar because he was afraid of the people there, and he
went to live in a cave in the mountains with his two daughters. 31 One day
the older daughter said to her sister, “There are no men left anywhere in
this entire area, so we can’t get married like everyone else. And our father
19:10 Hebrew men; also in 19:12, 16.