Bible: Genesis 19:16-33

19:16 When Lot 1  hesitated, the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters because the Lord had compassion on them. 2  They led them away and placed them 3  outside the city. 19:17 When they had brought them outside, they 4  said, “Run 5  for your lives! Don’t look 6  behind you or stop anywhere in the valley! 7  Escape to the mountains or you will be destroyed!

19:18 But Lot said to them, “No, please, Lord! 8  19:19 Your 9  servant has found favor with you, 10  and you have shown me great 11  kindness 12  by sparing 13  my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because 14  this disaster will overtake 15  me and I’ll die. 16  19:20 Look, this town 17  over here is close enough to escape to, and it’s just a little one. 18  Let me go there. 19  It’s just a little place, isn’t it? 20  Then I’ll survive.” 21 

19:21Very well,” he replied, 22 I will grant this request too 23  and will not overthrow 24  the town you mentioned. 19:22 Run there quickly, 25  for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar.) 26 

19:23 The sun had just risen 27  over the land as Lot reached Zoar. 28  19:24 Then the Lord rained down 29  sulfur and fire 30  on Sodom and Gomorrah. It was sent down from the sky by the Lord. 31  19:25 So he overthrew those cities and all that region, 32  including all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation that grew 33  from the ground. 19:26 But Lot’s 34  wife looked back longingly 35  and was turned into a pillar of salt.

19:27 Abraham got up early in the morning and went 36  to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 19:28 He looked out toward 37  Sodom and Gomorrah and all the land of that region. 38  As he did so, he saw the smoke rising up from the land like smoke from a furnace. 39 

19:29 So when God destroyed 40  the cities of the region, 41  God honored 42  Abraham’s request. He removed Lot 43  from the midst of the destruction when he destroyed 44  the cities Lot had lived in.

19:30 Lot went up from Zoar with his two daughters and settled in the mountains because he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 19:31 Later the older daughter said 45  to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man anywhere nearby 46  to have sexual relations with us, 47  according to the way of all the world. 19:32 Come, let’s make our father drunk with wine 48  so we can have sexual relations 49  with him and preserve 50  our family line through our father.” 51 

19:33 So that night they made their father drunk with wine, 52  and the older daughter 53  came and had sexual relations with her father. 54  But he was not aware that she had sexual relations with him and then got up. 55 

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