God Rescues Lot
The q two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth
and said, "My lords, r please turn aside to your servant's house and spend the night s and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way." They said, t "No; we will spend the night in the town square."
But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.
u And they called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? v Bring them out to us, that we w may know them."
Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him,
and said, "I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.
x Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof."
But they said, "Stand back!" And they said, "This fellow y came to sojourn, and z he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them." Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down.
But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door.
And they struck with a blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.
Then the men said to Lot, "Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, b bring them out of the place.
For we are about to destroy this place, c because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it."
So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, d "Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city." But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.
As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city."
But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, e the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
And as they brought them out, one said, "Escape for your life. f Do not look back or stop anywhere in the g valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away."
And Lot said to them, "Oh, no, my lords.
Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die.
Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there - is it not a little one? - and my life will be saved!"
He said to him, "Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken.
Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there." Therefore the name of the city was called h Zoar.
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So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, "Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid." So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug.
Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.
So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther.
For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.
Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, worthless fellows, surrounded the house, beating on the door. And they said to the old man, the master of the house, "Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves.
And the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
Behold, here are my virgin daughter and his concubine. Let me bring them out now. Violate them and do with them what seems good to you, but against this man do not do this outrageous thing.
Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
He answered, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid, and thought, "Surely the thing is known.
2 Kings 6:18
And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, "Please strike this people with blindness." So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.
2 Peter 2:7
And if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
2 Peter 2:9
Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.
Revelation 18:4 - 5
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues.
Then the Lord said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave.
"Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment."
And he spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.
Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment." And they fell on their faces.
Flee from the midst of Babylon; let every one save his life! Be not cut off in her punishment, for this is the time of the Lord 's vengeance, the repayment he is rendering her.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Matthew 24:16 - 18
Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
These kings made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).