Bible: Genesis 19:12-26

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 

19:21Very 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.

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