1That evening the two angels came to the entrance of the city of Sodom. Lot was sitting there, and when he saw them, he stood up to meet them. Then he welcomed them and bowed with his face to the ground.
4But before they retired for the night, all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house.5They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out to us so we can have sex with them!”
15At 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!”16When 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.17When 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.20See, 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.22But hurry! Escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.” (This explains why that village was known as Zoar, which means “little place.”)23Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon.24Then the LORD rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah.25He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation.26But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.