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Look, I have two daughters who have never been intimate with[a] a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do to them whatever you please.[b] Only don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection[c] of my roof.”[d]

“Out of our way!”[e] they cried, “This man came to live here as a foreigner,[f] and now he dares to judge us![g] We’ll do more harm[h] to you than to them!” They kept pressing in on Lot[i] until they were close enough[j] to break down the door.

10 So the men inside[k] reached out[l] and pulled Lot back into the house[m] as they shut the door.

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  1. Genesis 19:8 tn Heb “who have not known.” Here this expression is a euphemism for sexual relations.
  2. Genesis 19:8 tn Heb “according to what is good in your eyes.”
  3. Genesis 19:8 tn Heb “shadow.”
  4. Genesis 19:8 sn This chapter portrays Lot as a hypocrite. He is well aware of the way the men live in his city and is apparently comfortable in the midst of it. But when confronted by the angels, he finally draws the line. But he is nevertheless willing to sacrifice his daughters’ virginity to protect his guests. His opposition to the crowds leads to his rejection as a foreigner by those with whom he had chosen to live. The one who attempted to rescue his visitors ends up having to be rescued by them.
  5. Genesis 19:9 tn Heb “approach out there” which could be rendered “Get out of the way, stand back!”
  6. Genesis 19:9 tn Heb “to live as a resident foreigner.”
  7. Genesis 19:9 tn Heb “and he has judged, judging.” The infinitive absolute follows the finite verbal form for emphasis. This emphasis is reflected in the translation by the phrase “dares to judge.”
  8. Genesis 19:9 tn The verb “to do wickedly” is repeated here (see v. 7). It appears that whatever “wickedness” the men of Sodom had intended to do to Lot’s visitors—probably nothing short of homosexual rape—they were now ready to inflict on Lot.
  9. Genesis 19:9 tn Heb “and they pressed against the man, against Lot, exceedingly.”
  10. Genesis 19:9 tn Heb “and they drew near.”
  11. Genesis 19:10 tn Heb “the men,” referring to the angels inside Lot’s house. The word “inside” has been supplied in the translation for clarity.
  12. Genesis 19:10 tn The Hebrew text adds “their hand.” These words have not been translated for stylistic reasons.
  13. Genesis 19:10 tn Heb “to them into the house.”

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