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Genesis 19 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:1 - That 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:2 - “My lords,” he said, “come to my home to wash your feet, and be my guests for the night. You may then get up early in the morning and be on your way again.”
“Oh no,” they replied. “We’ll just spend the night out here in the city square.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:3 - But Lot insisted, so at last they went home with him. Lot prepared a feast for them, complete with fresh bread made without yeast, and they ate.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:4 - But before they retired for the night, all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:5 - They 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!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:6 - So Lot stepped outside to talk to them, shutting the door behind him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:7 - “Please, my brothers,” he begged, “don’t do such a wicked thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:8 - Look, I have two virgin daughters. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them as you wish. But please, leave these men alone, for they are my guests and are under my protection.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:9 - “Stand back!” they shouted. “This fellow came to town as an outsider, and now he’s acting like our judge! We’ll treat you far worse than those other men!” And they lunged toward Lot to break down the door.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:10 - But the two angels[fn] reached out, pulled Lot into the house, and bolted the door.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:11 - Then they blinded all the men, young and old, who were at the door of the house, so they gave up trying to get inside.
(Mat 11:23, 24; Luk 17:28–32 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:12 - Meanwhile, the angels questioned Lot. “Do you have any other relatives here in the city?” they asked. “Get them out of this place—your sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone else.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:13 - For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the LORD, and he has sent us to destroy it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:14 - So Lot rushed out to tell his daughters’ fiancés, “Quick, get out of the city! The LORD is about to destroy it.” But the young men thought he was only joking.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:15 - At 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!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:16 - When 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:17 - When 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!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:18 - “Oh no, my lord!” Lot begged.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:19 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:20 - See, 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:21 - “All right,” the angel said, “I will grant your request. I will not destroy the little village.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:22 - But 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.”)
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:23 - Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:24 - Then the LORD rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:25 - He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:26 - But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:27 - Abraham got up early that morning and hurried out to the place where he had stood in the LORD’s presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:28 - He looked out across the plain toward Sodom and Gomorrah and watched as columns of smoke rose from the cities like smoke from a furnace.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:29 - But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain.
Lot and His Daughters
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:30 - Afterward Lot left Zoar because he was afraid of the people there, and he went to live in a cave in the mountains with his two daughters.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:31 - One day the older daughter said to her sister, “There are no men left anywhere in this entire area, so we can’t get married like everyone else. And our father will soon be too old to have children.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:32 - Come, let’s get him drunk with wine, and then we will have sex with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:33 - So that night they got him drunk with wine, and the older daughter went in and had intercourse with her father. He was unaware of her lying down or getting up again.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:34 - The next morning the older daughter said to her younger sister, “I had sex with our father last night. Let’s get him drunk with wine again tonight, and you go in and have sex with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:35 - So that night they got him drunk with wine again, and the younger daughter went in and had intercourse with him. As before, he was unaware of her lying down or getting up again.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:36 - As a result, both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their own father.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:37 - When the older daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Moab.[fn] He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Moabites.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 19:38 - When the younger daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Ben-ammi.[fn] He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Ammonites.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew men; also in 19:12, 16.
Moab sounds like a Hebrew term that means “from father.”
Ben-ammi means “son of my kinsman.”

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