Genesis 19

Two Angels Visit Lot

(1) Two angels came to Sodom in the evening. Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom, and when Lot saw them he rose up to meet them. He bowed himself with his face toward the ground.

(2) And he said, "My lords, please turn in to your servant’s house, and stay all night, and wash your feet, and YOU shall rise up early, and go on your way." And they said, "No, we will spend the night in the street."

(3) But he urged them greatly, and they gave in to him and entered his house. He made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

Men of the City Desire the Angels

(4) But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both old and young, all the people from every quarter.

(5) And they called out to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men which came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them."

(6) Lot went out to them, and shut the door behind him,

(7) and said, "Please, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.

Lot Offers His Daughters

(8) Behold, I have two daughters which have not known man. Please, let me bring them out to you, and YOU may do to them as you desire; only do nothing to these men, for they came under the shadow of my roof."

(9) And they said, "Stand back!" Then they said, "This one fellow came in to dwell here, and now he acts like a judge. Now we will deal worse with you, than with them." And they pressed in on the man Lot, and moved near to break down the door.

(10) But the men reached forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.

Angels Struck the Men With Blindness

(11) And they struck the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the door.

(12) And the men said to Lot, "Have you anyone else here besides yourself? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and anyone you have in the city, bring them out of this place.

(13) For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has become great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it."

(14) Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, "Up, get out of this place, for the LORD will destroy this city." But he seemed to his sons-in-law as one that was jesting.

Angels Lead Lot and Family Out of the City

(15) When the morning dawned, then the angels hurried Lot, saying, "Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters, which are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city."

(16) And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, and the hand of his wife, and the hand of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out, and set him outside the city.

(17) It came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, "Escape for your life. Do not look behind you, nor stay in all of the plain. Escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed."

(18) And Lot said to them, "Oh, no, my Lord.

(19) Behold now, your servant has found grace in your sight, and you have magnified your mercy, which you have showed to me in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil overtake me and I die.

(20) Behold now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Oh, let me escape there, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live."

(21) And he said to him, "See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

(22) You hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you go there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

(23) The sun had risen on the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

(24) Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.

(25) And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground.

Lot’s Wife Turned To a Pillar of Salt

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

(27) And Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he stood before the LORD.

(28) And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and saw, and, behold, the smoke of the land went up as the smoke of a furnace.

29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

Lot’s Daughters Deceive Him

(30) And Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him, for he feared to dwell in Zoar. He dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

(31) And the firstborn said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is not a man on the earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth.

(32) Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father."

(33) And they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father. He was not aware when she lay down or when she arose.

(34) And it came to pass on the next day, that the firstborn said to the younger, "Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine this night also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father."

(35) So they made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger arose, and lay with him. He was not aware when she lay down, or when she arose.

(36) Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

(37) The firstborn gave birth to a son and called his name Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day.

(38) And the younger, she also gave birth to a son, and called his name Benammi. He is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.

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