Genesis 19 Commentary

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Genesis 19:1-3

Two angels appear to Lot in Sodom. Lot urges them to spend the night in his house and he prepares a feast for them.

Genesis 19:4-7

The men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house and demanded the two men be handed over to them to be sexually assaulted. Lot went outside to plead with the men not to behave so wickedly.

Genesis 19:8-10

Lot reminded the lustful mob that the two visitors were under his protection and offered his two virgin daughters to the men to appease them, and protect his guests.

Genesis 19:11-14

The two angels caused the crowd of men to become blind, but they still try to find Lot’s doorway. Then the angels told Lot to gather his family and leave Sodom because it was going to be destroyed.

Genesis 19:15-17

The next morning, the two angels seized the hand of a halting Lot and insisted they flee Sodom. Lot escaped with his wife and two daughters.

Genesis 19:18-21

Lot replies that the mountains are too far to escape and requests to flee to a small town where he will be safe.

Genesis 19:22-26

The small town where Lot escaped was named Zoar. God destroyed the cities and the inhabitants, but Lot’s wife turned and looked back to see. She became a pillar of salt for her disobedience.

Genesis 19:27-29

Abraham awoke and saw the destruction in the valley. God had remembered Abraham and saved Lot from the devastation.

Genesis 19:30-33

Lot and his two daughters fled to a cave in the mountains. The oldest daughter devised a plan and gave Lot too much wine to drink.

Genesis 19:34-38

The next day, the older sister convinced the younger sister to do what she had done the night before. Again, Lot was given too much wine and the younger daughter had sexual relations with him. Lot was unaware of this event also.