Before they lay down, (A)the men of the city—the men of Sodom—surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people [a]from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, “(B)Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may [b]have relations with them.” But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him, and said, “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly. Now look, (C)I have two daughters who have not [c]had relations with any man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them [d]whatever you like; only do not do anything to these men, because they have come under the [e]shelter of my roof.” But they said, “Get out of the way!” They also said, “This one came in [f]as a foreigner, and already (D)he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them!” So they pressed hard against [g]Lot and moved forward to break the door. 10 But (E)the men reached out their [h]hands and brought Lot into the house [i]with them, and shut the door. 11 Then (F)they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, from the small to the great, so that they became weary of trying to find the doorway.

12 Then the two men said to Lot, “Whom else do you have here? A son-in-law and your sons and daughters, and whomever you have in the city, bring them out of the place; 13 for we are about to destroy this place, because (G)their outcry has become so great before the Lord that (H)the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” 14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who [j]were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, (I)get out of this place, for the Lord is destroying the city.” (J)But he appeared to his sons-in-law [k]to be joking.

15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the [l]punishment of the city.” 16 But he hesitated. So the men (K)grasped his hand and the hand of his wife and the [m]hands of his two daughters, because (L)the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out and put him outside the city. 17 When they had brought them outside, [n]one said, “(M)Escape for your life! (N)Do not look behind you, and do not stay [o]anywhere in the (O)surrounding area; escape to (P)the [p]mountains, or you will be swept away.” 18 But Lot said to them, “Oh no, my lords! 19 Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your compassion, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the [q]mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die; 20 now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) [r]so that my life may be saved.” 21 And he said to him, “Behold, I grant you this [s]request also, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken. 22 Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the town was named [t](Q)Zoar.

23 The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the Lord (R)rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah from the Lord out of heaven, 25 and (S)He overthrew those cities, and all the surrounding area, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

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  1. Genesis 19:4 Or without exception; lit from every end
  2. Genesis 19:5 Lit know them; i.e., have intercourse
  3. Genesis 19:8 Lit known man
  4. Genesis 19:8 Lit as is good in your sight
  5. Genesis 19:8 Lit shadow
  6. Genesis 19:9 Lit to sojourn
  7. Genesis 19:9 Lit the man, against Lot
  8. Genesis 19:10 Lit hand
  9. Genesis 19:10 Lit to
  10. Genesis 19:14 Or had married; lit were taking
  11. Genesis 19:14 Lit like one who was joking
  12. Genesis 19:15 Or wrongdoing
  13. Genesis 19:16 Lit hand
  14. Genesis 19:17 Lit he
  15. Genesis 19:17 Lit in all the circle
  16. Genesis 19:17 Lit mountain
  17. Genesis 19:19 Lit mountain
  18. Genesis 19:20 Lit and my soul will live
  19. Genesis 19:21 Lit thing
  20. Genesis 19:22 I.e., small