July 30, 2009

Genesis 19.12-29

Then the men said to Lot, "Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city--bring them out of the place. For we are about to destroy this place, 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, "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 joking.

When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Get up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or else you will be consumed in the punishment of this city."

But he lingered, so the two men seized him and his wife and two daughters by the hand (the Lord being merciful to him) and they brought him out and left him outside the city. When they had brought him outside, they said, "Flee for your life; do not look back or stop anywhere in the Plain;. Flee to the hills, or else you will be consumed."

And Lot said, "Oh no, my lords; your servant has found favor with you, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life, but I cannot flee to the hills, for fear the disaster will overtake me and I die. Look, that 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, "Very well, I grant you this favor too, and will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. Hurry, escape there, for I can do nothing until you arrive there." Therefore the city was called Zoar. The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.

Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur 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 what grew on the ground. But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back and she became a pillar of salt.

Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord, and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the Plain, and saw the smoke of the land going up like the smoke of a furnace.

So it was that, when God had destroyed the cities of the Plain, God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot our of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had settled.


At 9:17 a.m., Blogger Diane said...

So Lot is delivered safely, despite his fears.


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