|Genesis 19 |
1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of the city. And seeing them, Lot rose up to meet them and bowed with his face toward the ground.
2 And he said, "Behold now, my lords, turn aside, I beg you, into your servant's house, and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way." And they said, "No, we will spend the night in the square."
3 But he urged them greatly so they turned in to him and entered his house. And he made them a meal and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
4 Now before they lay down to sleep, the men of the city of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.
5 And they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you this night? Bring them out to us, so that we may know them [sexually]."1
6 And Lot went out of the door to them and shut the door after him,
7 And said, "I pray you, brothers, do not act so wickedly.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; let me, I beg you, bring them out to you, and you can do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof."
9 But they said, "Stand back." And then they said, "These fellows came here as temporary residents, and now want to be our judge; now we will deal with you worse than with them." And they pressed painfully upon Lot and came close to breaking down the door.
10 But the men [angels] reached out and pulled Lot into the house to them and shut to the door.
11 And they struck the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both old and young, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the door.
12 And the men said to Lot, "Do you have any others here — sons in law, or sons, or your daughters? Whoever you have in the city, bring them out of this place,
13 For we will destroy this place; because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it."
14 And Lot went out and spoke to his sons in law, who were pledged to marry his daughters, and said, "Up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city." But he seemed like one who was joking to his sons in law.
15 And when the morning came, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, "Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here; lest you be consumed in the iniquity and punishment of the city.
16 But when he hesitated, the men took him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand and brought them forth and set them outside of the city, for the LORD was merciful to him.
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth, that they said, "Escape for your life! Do not look behind you or stay anywhere in the plain! Escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed."
18 And Lot said to them, "Oh, not so, my lords!
19 Behold now, your servant has found favor in your sight and you have increased your mercy, which you have shown to me in saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountain, lest this disaster overtake me, and I die.
20 See now, that city which is near enough to flee to, and is a little one; Oh, let me escape there, (is it not a little one?) and my life shall be saved."
21 And he said to him, "See, I will yield to you concerning this thing also; I will not destroy this city because of what you have spoken.
22 Make haste and escape there, for I cannot do anything until you have reached there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar [little].
23 Now the sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and all that grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 Now Abraham went up early the next morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD.
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and behold, the smoke of the country went up like the smoke of a furnace.
29 Now when God destroyed the cities of the plain, God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities where Lot lived.
30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and lived in the mountain with his two daughters, for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar; and he and his two daughters lived in a cave.
31 And the firstborn said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is not a man around to come in to us after the manner of all the earth.
32 "Come, let us make our father drunk with wine, and we will lie with him, so that we may preserve our lineage through our father."
33 And they made their father drunk with wine that night, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
34 And on the next day, the firstborn said to the younger, "Behold, I lay with my father last night; let us make him drunk with wine tonight also; and you go in and lie with him, so that we may preserve our lineage through our father."
35 And they made their father drunk with wine that night also, and the younger arose and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.
36 Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.
37 And the first born bore a son, and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day.
38 And the younger also bore a son, and called his name Benammi; he is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.
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1 Where are the men who came to you this night? Bring them out to us, so that we may know them [sexually]. Most everyone is familiar with the roving bands of homsexuals that tried to asssualt the angels visiting Lot in Sodom, but few are aware of Sodom's as related by the prophet Ezekiel:
Now compare life in the industrialized world today: sexual immorality rampant, unabashed pride, an overabundance of food, lots of idleness (filled with pleasures), and a disregard of the starving poor in the third world.
Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: 1) pride, 2) overabundance of food, and 3) much idleness were hers and her daughters; neither did she strengthen the hand of 4) [ignoring] the poor and needy. Eze 16:49.
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