because we1 are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great2 that he has sent us to destroy it."314
So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marrya his daughters. He said, "Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!4" But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.515
With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away6 when the city is punished.7"
When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters8 and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.917
As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, "Flee for your lives!10 Don't look back,11 and don't stop anywhere in the plain!12 Flee to the mountains13 or you will be swept away!"
But Lot said to them, "No, my lords,b please!
Yourc servant has found favor in yourd eyes,14 and youe have shown great kindness15 to me in sparing my life. But I can't flee to the mountains;16 this disaster will overtake me, and I'll die.
Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it--it is very small, isn't it? Then my life will be spared."
He said to him, "Very well, I will grant this request17 too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of.
But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it." (That is why the town was called Zoar.f18)
By the time Lot reached Zoar,19 the sun had risen over the land.