Bible: Genesis 19:1-26

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening while 1  Lot was sitting in the city’s gateway. 2  When Lot saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face toward the ground.

19:2 He said, “Here, my lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house. Stay the night 3  and wash your feet. Then you can be on your way early in the morning.” 4  “No,” they replied, “we’ll spend the night in the town square.” 5 

19:3 But he urged 6  them persistently, so they turned aside with him and entered his house. He prepared a feast for them, including bread baked without yeast, and they ate. 19:4 Before they could lie down to sleep, 7  all the men – both young and old, from every part of the city of Sodom – surrounded the house. 8  19:5 They shouted to Lot, 9 Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so we can have sex 10  with them!

19:6 Lot went outside to them, shutting the door behind him. 19:7 He said, “No, my brothers! Don’t act so wickedly! 11  19:8 Look, I have two daughters who have never had sexual relations with 12  a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do to them whatever you please. 13  Only don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection 14  of my roof.” 15 

19:9Out of our way!” 16  they cried, and “This man came to live here as a foreigner, 17  and now he dares to judge us! 18  We’ll do more harm 19  to you than to them!” They kept 20  pressing in on Lot until they were close enough 21  to break down the door.

19:10 So the men inside 22  reached out 23  and pulled Lot back into the house 24  as they shut the door. 19:11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, from the youngest to the oldest, 25  with blindness. The men outside 26  wore themselves out trying to find the door. 19:12 Then the two visitors 27  said to Lot, “Who else do you have here? 28  Do you have 29  any sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or other relatives in the city? 30  Get them out of this 31  place 19:13 because we are about to destroy 32  it. The outcry against this place 33  is so great before the Lord that he 34  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. 35  He said, “Quick, get out of this place because the Lord is about to destroy 36  the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was ridiculing them. 37 

19:15 At dawn 38  the angels hurried Lot along, saying, “Get going! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, 39  or else you will be destroyed when the city is judged! 40  19:16 When Lot 41  hesitated, the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters because the Lord had compassion on them. 42  They led them away and placed them 43  outside the city. 19:17 When they had brought them outside, they 44  said, “Run 45  for your lives! Don’t look 46  behind you or stop anywhere in the valley! 47  Escape to the mountains or you will be destroyed!

19:18 But Lot said to them, “No, please, Lord! 48  19:19 Your 49  servant has found favor with you, 50  and you have shown me great 51  kindness 52  by sparing 53  my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because 54  this disaster will overtake 55  me and I’ll die. 56  19:20 Look, this town 57  over here is close enough to escape to, and it’s just a little one. 58  Let me go there. 59  It’s just a little place, isn’t it? 60  Then I’ll survive.” 61 

19:21Very well,” he replied, 62 I will grant this request too 63  and will not overthrow 64  the town you mentioned. 19:22 Run there quickly, 65  for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar.) 66 

19:23 The sun had just risen 67  over the land as Lot reached Zoar. 68  19:24 Then the Lord rained down 69  sulfur and fire 70  on Sodom and Gomorrah. It was sent down from the sky by the Lord. 71  19:25 So he overthrew those cities and all that region, 72  including all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation that grew 73  from the ground. 19:26 But Lot’s 74  wife looked back longingly 75  and was turned into a pillar of salt.

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