Genesis 19

The Doom of Sodom

1 Now the 1two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When 2Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.
2 And he said, "Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant's house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way." They said however, "No, but we shall spend the night in the square."
3 Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; 3and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
4 Before they lay down, 4the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter;
5 and they called to Lot and said to him, "5Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them."
6 But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him,
7 and said, "Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.
8 "Now behold, 6I have two daughters who have not had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever * you like *; only do nothing * to these men, inasmuch * * as they have come under the shelter of my roof."
9 But they said, "Stand aside." Furthermore, they said, "This one came in as an alien, and already 7he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them." So they pressed hard against Lot and came near to break the door.
10 But 8the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.
11 9They struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.
12 Then the two men said to Lot, "Whom else 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;
13 for we are about to destroy this place, because 10their outcry has become so great before the LORD that 11the LORD has sent us to destroy it."
14 Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, "Up, 12get out of this place, for the LORD will destroy the city." 13But he appeared * to his sons-in-law to be jesting.
15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city."
16 But he hesitated. So the men 14seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for 15the compassion of the LORD was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside * the city.
17 When they had brought them outside, one said, "16Escape for your life! 17Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the 18valley; escape to 19the mountains, or you will be swept away."
18 But Lot said to them, "Oh no, my lords!
19 "Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot * escape to the mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die;
20 now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) that my life may be saved."
21 He said to him, "Behold, I grant you this request also, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken.
23 The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar.
24 Then the LORD 21rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven,
25 and 22He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
26 But his wife, from behind him, 23looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to 24the place where * he had stood before the LORD;
28 and he looked down toward * Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward * all the land of the valley, and he saw, and behold, 25the smoke of the land ascended like the smoke of a furnace.
29 Thus it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that 26God remembered Abraham, and 27sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.

Lot Is Debased

30 Lot went up from Zoar, and 28stayed in the mountains, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; and he stayed in a cave, he and his two daughters.
31 Then the firstborn said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to 29come in to us after the manner of the earth.
32 "Come, 30let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him that we may preserve our family through our father."
33 So they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
34 On the following day, the firstborn said to the younger, "Behold, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight also; then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve our family through our father."
35 So they made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger arose and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
36 Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.
37 The firstborn bore a son, and called his name 31Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day.
38 As for the younger, she also bore a son, and called his name Ben-ammi; he is the father of the sons of 32Ammon to this day.
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