19:12 Then the two visitors 1 said to Lot, “Who else do you have here? 2 Do you have 3 any sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or other relatives in the city? 4 Get them out of this 5 place 19:13 because we are about to destroy 6 it. The outcry against this place 7 is so great before the Lord that he 8 has sent us to destroy it.”
19:14 Then Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law who were going to marry his daughters. 9 He said, “Quick, get out of this place because the Lord is about to destroy 10 the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was ridiculing them. 11
19:15 At dawn 12 the angels hurried Lot along, saying, “Get going! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, 13 or else you will be destroyed when the city is judged!” 14 19:16 When Lot 15 hesitated, the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters because the Lord had compassion on them. 16 They led them away and placed them 17 outside the city. 19:17 When they had brought them outside, they 18 said, “Run 19 for your lives! Don’t look 20 behind you or stop anywhere in the valley! 21 Escape to the mountains or you will be destroyed!”
19:18 But Lot said to them, “No, please, Lord! 22 19:19 Your 23 servant has found favor with you, 24 and you have shown me great 25 kindness 26 by sparing 27 my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because 28 this disaster will overtake 29 me and I’ll die. 30 19:20 Look, this town 31 over here is close enough to escape to, and it’s just a little one. 32 Let me go there. 33 It’s just a little place, isn’t it? 34 Then I’ll survive.” 35
19:21 “Very well,” he replied, 36 “I will grant this request too 37 and will not overthrow 38 the town you mentioned. 19:22 Run there quickly, 39 for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar.) 40
19:23 The sun had just risen 41 over the land as Lot reached Zoar. 42 19:24 Then the Lord rained down 43 sulfur and fire 44 on Sodom and Gomorrah. It was sent down from the sky by the Lord. 45 19:25 So he overthrew those cities and all that region, 46 including all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation that grew 47 from the ground. 19:26 But Lot’s 48 wife looked back longingly 49 and was turned into a pillar of salt.
19:27 Abraham got up early in the morning and went 50 to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 19:28 He looked out toward 51 Sodom and Gomorrah and all the land of that region. 52 As he did so, he saw the smoke rising up from the land like smoke from a furnace. 53
19:29 So when God destroyed 54 the cities of the region, 55 God honored 56 Abraham’s request. He removed Lot 57 from the midst of the destruction when he destroyed 58 the cities Lot had lived in.