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Genesis 19 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:1 - The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:2 - “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:3 - But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:4 - Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:5 - They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:6 - Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:7 - and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:8 - Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:9 - “Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:10 - But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:11 - Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
(Mat 11:23, 24; Luk 17:28–32 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:12 - The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:13 - because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:14 - So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[fn] his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:15 - With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:16 - When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:17 - As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:18 - But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[fn] please!
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:19 - Your[fn] servant has found favor in your[fn] eyes, and you[fn] have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:20 - Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:21 - He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:22 - But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.[fn])
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:23 - By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:24 - Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:25 - Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:26 - But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:27 - Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:28 - He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:29 - So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.

Lot and His Daughters

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:30 - Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:31 - One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:32 - Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:33 - That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:34 - The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:35 - So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:36 - So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:37 - The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab[fn]; he is the father of the Moabites of today.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:38 - The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi[fn]; he is the father of the Ammonites[fn] of today.
NIV Footnotes
Or were married to
Or No, Lord; or No, my lord
The Hebrew is singular.
The Hebrew is singular.
The Hebrew is singular.
Zoar means small.
Moab sounds like the Hebrew for from father.
Ben-Ammi means son of my father’s people.
Hebrew Bene-Ammon

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