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Genesis 19

1 - The two angels came to Sodom at evening. Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them. He bowed himself with his face to the earth,

2 - and he said, "See now, my lords, please turn aside into your servant's house, stay all night, wash your feet, and you can rise up early, and go on your way."They said, "No, but we will stay in the street all night."

3 - He 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.

4 - But 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.

5 - They called to Lot, 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."

6 - Lot went out to them to the door, and shut the door after him.

7 - He said, "Please, my brothers, don't act so wickedly.

8 - See now, I have two virgin daughters. Please let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them what seems good to you. Only don't do anything to these men, because they have come under the shadow of my roof."

9 - They said, "Stand back!" Then 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 the man Lot, and came near to break the door.

10 - But the men reached out their hand, and brought Lot into the house to them, and shut the door.

11 - They 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.

12 - The men said to Lot, "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:

13 - for we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown so great before the LORD that the LORD has sent us to destroy it."

14 - Lot 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 the LORD will destroy the city."But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be joking.

15 - When the morning came, then the angels hurried Lot, saying, "Get up! Take your wife, and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city."

16 - But he lingered; and the men grabbed his hand, his wife's hand, and his two daughters' hands, the LORD being merciful to him; and they took him out, and set him outside of the city.

17 - It came to pass, when they had taken them out, that he said, "Escape for your life! Don't look behind you, and don't stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be consumed!"

18 - Lot said to them, "Oh, not so, my lord.

19 - See now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your loving kindness, which you have shown to me in saving my life. I can't escape to the mountain, lest evil overtake me, and I die.

20 - See 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."

21 - He 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.

22 - Hurry, escape there, for I can't do anything until you get there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 - The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.

24 - Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of the sky.

25 - He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground.

26 - But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

27 - Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before The LORD.

28 - He 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.

29 - When God destroyed the cities of the plain, God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the middle of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.

30 - Lot 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.

31 - The firstborn said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in to us in the way of all the earth.

32 - Come, let's make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve our father's family line."

33 - They made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father. He didn't know when she lay down, nor when she arose.

34 - It 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 family line."

35 - They made their father drink wine that night also. The younger went and lay with him. He didn't know when she lay down, nor when she got up.

36 - Thus both of Lot's daughters were with child by their father.

37 - The firstborn bore a son, and named him Moab. He is the father of the Moabites to this day.

38 - The younger also bore a son, and called his name Ben Ammi. He is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.

Genesis 19 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Lot entertains visitors who are angels, the men of Sodom desire to abuse Lot's guests and they are smitten with blindness, Lot is told to flee from Sodom, The Lord rains fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot's seed is preserved in the land by his incestuous daughters.

Genesis Chapter 19

Genesis 19:24-26 - Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Outline
The Two Angels Visit Lot (Genesis 19:1-3)
The Wicked Men of Sodom (Genesis 19:4-11)
Lot is protected and Flees to Zoar (Genesis 19:12-23)
The LORD Rained Fire and Brimstone (Genesis 19:24-25)
Lot's Wife Looks Back (Genesis 19:26)
Abraham Sees the Smoke of Destruction (Genesis 19:27-29)
Lot's Daughters and the Incest (Genesis 19:30-38)

Summary
1 Lot entertaineth two angels
4 The vicious Sodomites are stricken with blindness
12 Lot is sent for safety into the mountains
18 He obtaineth leave to go into Zoar
24 Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed
26 Lot's wife becomes a pillar of salt
30 Lot dwelleth in a cave
31 The incestuous origin of Moab and Ammon

Painting of Sodom by Gustave Dore
Painting by Sodom by Gustave Dore

Topics for Bible Study
The Two Angels
Lot Sat in the Gate of Sodom
Lot Bowed with his Face Toward the Ground
Lot's Hospitality
The Angels Insisted on Staying in the Street
Lot Insisted that they Come into his House
The Angels Agreed
The Men of Sodom Surrounded the House
Men Old and Young
They Wanted to Have Relations with the 2 Men
Lot Offered His Two Virgin Daughters
They Refused and Threatened Lot
The Angels Smote the Men with Blindness
The Angels Told Lot to Gather his Family
They Told Lot They were about to Destroy the City
The Sons-in-Law
The Angels Took the Family Out
Lot, His Wife, and 2 Daughters
The Angels Warned them
Do Not Look Back
Do Not Stay in the Plain
Escape to the Mountain Lest thou be Consumed
Lot Pleads to Stay in Zoar
The Angel Agrees
The Angel Was Told to Protect Lot
The LORD Rained Fire and Brimstone
From the LORD out of Heaven
Abraham Woke up Early and Saw Smoke
The Smoke of a Furnace
Lot Feared to Stay in Zoar
They Escaped to the Mountain
They Hid in a Cave
The Women Thought the Whole World was Smitten
They Agreed to Lie with their Father to Re-Populate
They made their Father Drink Wine
The Firstborn Woman Bore Moab
The Younger Woman Bore BenAmmi
Moabites
Ammonites

Painting of Sodom and Gomorrah
Painting by Raphael of Lot and His Daughters Fleeing from Sodom and Gomorrah

Historical Background
Lot entertains visitors who are angels, the men of Sodom desire to abuse Lot's guests and they are smitten with blindness, Lot is told to flee from Sodom, The Lord rains fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot's seed is preserved in the land by his incestuous daughters.

Ancient Customs
Hospitality
Kneading Bread
Bowing toward the Ground
Washing the Feet

Tents
How Tents Were Made
Living in Tents

Ancient Peoples
The Moabites - The Ancient Moabites in the Bible
The Ammonites - The Ancient Ammonites in the Bible
The Ancient Moabites - Background Bible Study

Geography
The Plains of Mamre - Old Testament Israel
Sodom - Ancient Sodom in the Bible
Gomorrah - Ancient Gomorrah in the Bible
Ancient Sodom and Gomorrah - Background Bible Study

Map of Sodom and Gomorrah
Map of Sodom and Gomorrah Possibly
Map of the Supposed Locations of Sodom and Gomorrah

Maps
Map of the Giants and Early Inhabitants of Ancient Israel - Bible Map Collection
Map of the Canaanite Nations - Bible Maps
Map of the World of Abraham - Bible Map Collection
Map of the Journeys of Abraham - Bible Map Collection
Map of Sodom and Gomorrah - - Background Bible Study
Map of the Moabites - Old Testament Israel

Quick Reference Map
Quick Reference Map of Sodom and Gomorrah
Map of the Jordan River (Click to Enlarge)

Remember Lot's Wife
Dead Sea Strange Pillar

Photograph of a strange looking rock pillar at the Dead Sea

The Shores of the Dead Sea
Photo of the colorful shores of the Dead Sea

The Old Testament

The Old Testament

Genesis Resources

Creation
Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt