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Genesis 19:21

21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of.

Read Genesis 19:21 Using Other Translations

And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.
He said to him, "Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken.
“All right,” the angel said, “I will grant your request. I will not destroy the little village.

What does Genesis 19:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 19:21

And he said unto him, see, I have accepted thee concerning
this thing also
Accepted thy prayer and granted thy request, as well as in other things; shown grace and mercy to thee: or, "have lifted up thy face" F5; alluding to the custom of the eastern countries, where persons, when they come into the presence of their superiors, used to prostrate their faces to the ground; when, as a token of their acceptance of them, and good will to them, they used to order them to be lifted up, or them to lift up their faces, and stand before them:

that I will not overthrow this city for the which thou hast spoken;
for, though he had not in express words petitioned that the city might be spared, yet he had tacitly done it, insomuch as he had requested he might flee unto it, where he could not have been safe had it been destroyed.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (Kynp ytavn) "suscepi faciem tuam", Pagninus, Moatanus, Vatablus, Drusius, Piscator.
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