Now the 1twoangelscame to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When 2Lotsaw them, he rose to meet them and aboweddown with his face to the ground.
And he said, "Nowbehold, my lords, pleaseturnaside into your servant'shouse, and spend the night, and wash your feet ; then you may riseearly and go on your way." They said however, "No, but we shall spend the night in the square."
Yet he urged them strongly, so they turnedaside to him and entered his house ; 3and he prepared a feast for them, and bakedunleavenedbread, and they ate.
4Before they laydown, 4the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, bothyoung and old, all the peoplebfrom every quarter ;
and they called to Lot and said to him, "5Where are the menwhocame to you tonight ? Bring them out to us that we may chaverelations with them."
But Lotwent out to them at the doorway, and shut the doorbehind him,
and said, "Please, my brothers, do not actwickedly.
8"Nowbehold, 6I have twodaughterswho have not dhadrelations with man ; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them ewhatever you like ; onlydonothing to thesemen, inasmuch as they have come under the fshelter of my roof."
But they said, "Standaside." Furthermore, they said, "This onecame in gas an alien, and already7he is acting like a judge ; now we will treat you worsethan them." So they pressedhard against hLot and camenear to break the door.
But 8the menreached out their ihands and broughtLot into the housejwith them, and shut the door.
119They kstruck the menwho were at the doorway of the house with blindness, bothsmall and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.
Then the two mensaid to Lot, "Whomelse have you here ? A son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomever you have in the city, bring them out of the place ;
for we are about to destroythisplace, because10their outcry has becomesogreatbefore the LORD that 11the LORD has sent us to destroy it."
14Lotwent out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who lwere to marry his daughters, and said, "Up, 12get out of thisplace, for the LORD will destroy the city." 13But he appeared to his sons-in-lawmto be jesting.
15Whenmorningdawned, the angelsurgedLot, saying, "Up, take your wife and your twodaughters who are here, or you will be sweptaway in the npunishment of the city."
But he hesitated. So the men14seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the ohands of his twodaughters, for 15the compassion of the LORD was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city.
When they had brought them outside, pone said, "16Escape for your life ! 17Do not lookbehind you, and do not stayqanywhere in the 18valley ; escape to 19the rmountains, or you will be sweptaway."
But Lotsaid to them, "Ohno, my lords !
19"Nowbehold, your servant has foundfavor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life ; but I cannotescape to the smountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die ;
20nowbehold, thistown is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escapethere (is it not small ?) tthat my life may be saved."
He said to him, "Behold, I grant you thisurequestalso, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken.
22"Hurry, escapethere, for I cannotdoanythinguntil you arrivethere." Therefore the name of the town was calledv20Zoar.
The sun had risenover the earth when Lotcame to Zoar.
Then the LORD21rained on Sodom and Gomorrahbrimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven,
and 22He overthrewthosecities, and all the wvalley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and whatgrew on the ground.
But his wife, from behind him, 23looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Now Abrahamaroseearly in the morning and went to 24the placewhere he had stoodbefore the LORD ;
and he lookeddowntowardSodom and Gomorrah, and towardall the land of the xvalley, and he saw, and behold, 25the smoke of the landascended like the smoke of a yfurnace.
Thus it came about, when Goddestroyed the cities of the zvalley, that 26GodrememberedAbraham, and 27sentLot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in whichLotlived.
30Lotwent up from Zoar, and aa28stayed in the bbmountains, and his twodaughters with him; for he was afraid to ccstay in Zoar ; and he ddstayed in a cave, he and his twodaughters.
Then the firstbornsaid to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is not a maneeon earth to 29come in to us after the manner of the earth.
32"Come, 30let us make our fatherdrinkwine, and let us lie with him that we may preserveffour familythrough our father."
So they made their fatherdrinkwine that night, and the firstbornwent in and lay with her father ; and he did not know when she laydown or when she arose.
On the followingday, the firstbornsaid to the younger, "Behold, I laylastnight with my father ; let us make him drinkwinetonightalso ; then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserveggour familythrough our father."
So they made their fatherdrinkwine that nightalso, and the youngerarose and lay with him; and he did not know when she laydown or when she arose.
Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.
The firstbornbore a son, and called his name31Moab ; he is the father of the Moabites to this day.
As for the younger, she alsobore a son, and called his nameBen-ammi ; he is the father of the hhsons of 32Ammon to this day.