1 The twoI angelsII cameIII to SodomIV in the evening,
and LotV was sittingVI in the gatewayVII of Sodom.
When Lot sawVIII them, he roseIX to meetX them, and bowed downXI with his faceXII to the ground.XIII
2 He said, “XIVPlease,XV my lords,XVI turn asideXVII, XVIII
to your servant’sXIX houseXX and spend the night,XXI and washXXII your feet;XXIII
then you can rise earlyXXIV and goXXV on your way.”XXVI
They said, “No; we will spend the night in the square.”XXVII
3 But he urgedXXVIII them strongly; so they turned aside to him and enteredXXIX his house; and he madeXXX them a feast,XXXI
and bakedXXXII unleavened bread,XXXIII and they ate.XXXIV
4 But before they lay down,XXXV the menXXXVI of the city,XXXVII
the men of Sodom, both youngXXXVIII and old,XXXIX all the peopleXL to the lastXLI man, surroundedXLII the house;
5 and they calledXLIII to Lot, “Where are the menXLIV who came to you tonight?XLV Bring them outXLVI to us, so that we may knowXLVII them.”
6 Lot went outXLVIII of the doorXLIX to the men, shutL the doorLI after him,
7 and said, “I begLII you, my brothers,LIII do not act so wickedly.LIV
8 Look,LV I have two daughtersLVI who have not known a man;LVII
let me bring them out to you, and doLVIII to them as you please;LIX onlyLX do nothingLXI to these men,LXII for they have come under the shelterLXIII of my roof.”LXIV
9 But they replied, “StandLXV back!”LXVI
And they said, “This fellowLXVII came here as an alien,LXVIII and he would play the judge!LXIX
Now we will deal worseLXX with you than with them.” Then they pressedLXXI hard against the manLXXII Lot, and came nearLXXIII the doorLXXIV to break it down.LXXV
10 But the menLXXVI inside reached outLXXVII their handsLXXVIII and brought Lot intoLXXIX the house with them, and shut the door.LXXX
11 And they struckLXXXI with blindnessLXXXII the menLXXXIII who were at the doorLXXXIV of the house, both smallLXXXV and great,LXXXVI
so that they were unableLXXXVII to findLXXXVIII the door.LXXXIX
12 Then the menXC said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law,XCI sons,XCII daughters, or anyone you have in the city—bring them out of the place.XCIII
13 For we are about to destroyXCIV this place, because the outcryXCV against its people has become greatXCVI beforeXCVII the Lord,XCVIII and the Lord has sentXCIX us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot went out and saidC to his sons-in-law, who were to marryCI his daughters, “Up,CII get outCIII of this place; for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemedCIV toCV his sons-in-law to be jesting.CVI
15 When morningCVII dawned,CVIII the angels urgedCIX Lot, saying,
“Get up,CX takeCXI your wifeCXII and your two daughters who are here,CXIII or else you will be consumedCXIV in the punishmentCXV of the city.”
16 But he lingered;CXVI so the menCXVII seizedCXVIII him and his wifeCXIX and his two daughters by the hand,
the Lord being mercifulCXX to him, and they brought him out and leftCXXI him outsideCXXII the city.
17 When they had brought them outside, they said, “FleeCXXIII for your life;CXXIV do not lookCXXV back or stopCXXVI anywhere in the Plain;CXXXVII flee to the hills, or else you will be consumed.”
18 And Lot said to them, “Oh,CXXVIII no, my lords;CXXIX 19 CXXXyour servant has found favorCXXXI with you,CXXXII
and you have shownCXXXIII me great kindnessCXXXIV in savingCXXXV my life; but I cannotCXXXVI flee to the hills,
for fear the disasterCXXXVII will overtakeCXXXVIII me and I die.CXXXIX
20 Look,CXL that city is nearCXLI enough to fleeCXLII to, and it is a little one.CXLIII Let me escapeCXLIV, CXLV there—is it not a little one?—and my life will be saved!”
21 He said to him, “Very well,CXLVI I grantCXLVII youCXLVIII this favorCXLIX too, and will not overthrowCL the city of which you have spoken.CLI
22 Hurry,CLII escape there, for I can do nothing until you arriveCLIII there.” Therefore the city was calledCLIV Zoar.CLV
23 The sunCLVI had risenCLVII on the earthCLVIII when Lot came to Zoar.
24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and GomorrahCLIX sulfurCLX and fireCLXI from the Lord out of heaven;CLXII
25 and he overthrew those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitantsCLXIII of the cities, and what grewCLXIV on the ground.CLXV 26 But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillarCLXVI of salt.CLXVII
27 AbrahamCLXVIII went earlyCLXIX in the morningCLXX to the place where he had stoodCLXXI beforeCLXXII the Lord;
28 and he lookedCLXXIII down towardCLXXIV Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all theCLXXV landCLXXVI of the Plain
and sawCLXXVII the smokeCLXXVIII of the land going upCLXXIX like the smoke of a furnace.CLXXX
29 So it was that, when GodCLXXXI destroyed the cities of the Plain, God rememberedCLXXXII Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midstCLXXXIII of the overthrow,CLXXXIV when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had settled.CLXXXV
30 Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraidCLXXXVI to stayCLXXXVII in Zoar; so he livedCLXXXVIII in a caveCLXXXIX with his two daughters.
31 And the firstbornCXC said to the younger,CXCI “Our fatherCXCII is old,CXCIII and there is not a manCXCIV on earth to come in to us after the mannerCXCV of all the world.CXCVI
32 Come,CXCVII let us make our father drinkCXCVIII wine,CXCIX and we will lieCC with him, so that we may preserveCCI offspringCCII through our father.”
33 So they made their father drink wine that night; and the firstborn went in,CCIII and lay with her father; he did not know when she lay down or when she rose.
34 On the next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Look,CCIV I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight also; then you go in and lie with him, so that we may preserve offspring through our father.”
35 So they made their father drink wine that night also; and the younger rose, and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she rose. 36 Thus bothCCV the daughters of Lot became pregnantCCVI by their father.
37 The firstborn boreCCVII a son, and namedCCVIII him Moab;CCIX he is the ancestorCCX of the Moabites to this day.
38 The younger also bore a son and namedCCXI him Ben-ammi;CCXII he is the ancestor of the AmmonitesCCXIII to this day.
Image credit: “The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah” by John Martin, 1852.