Genesis 19

The two angels came to Sodom at evening. Lut sat in the gate of Sodom. Lut saw them, and rose up to meet them. He bowed himself with his face to the earth, 2and he said, See now, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, stay all night, wash your feet, and you will rise up early, and go on your way.

They said, No, but we will stay in the street all night.

3He urged them greatly, and they came in with him, and entered into his house. He made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter. 5They called to Lut, and said to him, Where are the men who came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we may have sex with them.

6Lut went out to them to the door, and shut the door after him. 7He said, Please, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. 8See now, I have two virgin daughters. Please let me bring them out to you, and do to them as is good in your eyes. Only do not do anything to these men, because they have come under the shadow of my roof.

9They said, Stand back! They said, This one fellow came in to live as a foreigner, and he appoints himself a judge. Now will we deal worse with you, than with them! They pressed hard on Lut, and drew near to break the door. 10But the men put forth their hand, and brought Lut into the house to them, and shut the door. 11They struck the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

12The men said to Lut, Do you have anybody else here? Sons-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whoever you have in the city, bring them out of the place: 13for we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is grown great before Allah. Allah has sent us to destroy it.

14Lut went out, and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters, and said, Get up! Get out of this place, for Allah will destroy the city.

But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be joking. 15When the morning arose, then the angels hurried Lut, saying, Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16But he lingered; and the men laid hold on his hand, and on the hand of his wife, and on the hand of his two daughters, Allah being merciful to him; and they took him out, and set him outside of the city. 17It came to pass, when they had taken them out, that he said, Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, neither stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed!

18Lut said to them, Oh, not so, my lord. 19See now, your servant has found favour in your sight, and you have magnified your loving kindness, which you have shown to me in saving my life. I cannot escape to the mountain, lest evil overtake me, and I die. 20See now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Oh let me escape there (isn’t it a little one?), and my soul will live.

21He said to him, Behold, I have granted your request concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. 22Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you get there. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.[1]

23The sun was risen on the earth when Lut came to Zoar. 24Then Allah rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from Allah out of the sky. 25He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground. 26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

27Ibrahim got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before Allah. 28He looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and looked, and saw that the smoke of the land went up as the smoke of a furnace.

29It happened, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Ibrahim, and sent Lut out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lut lived.

30Lut went up out of Zoar, and lived in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to live in Zoar. He lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31The firstborn said to the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth. 32Come, let’s make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve our father’s seed. 33They made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34It came to pass on the next day, that the firstborn said to the younger, Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine again, tonight. You go in, and lie with him, that we may preserve our father’s seed. 35They made their father drink wine that night also. The younger arose, and lay with him. He did not know when she lay down, nor when she arose. 36Thus both of Lut’s daughters were with child by their father. 37The firstborn bore a son, and named him Moab. The same is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38The younger also bore a son, and called his name Bin Ammi. The same is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.


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[1] 19:22 Zoar means little.