Gen 18-19

A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah

1The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.

2He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground.

3He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant.

4Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.

5Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.”

6And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.”

7Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.

8Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

9They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.”

10Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him.

11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

12So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?”

13The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’

14Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.”

15But Sarah denied, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. He said, “Oh yes, you did laugh.”

Judgment Pronounced on Sodom

16Then the men set out from there, and they looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to set them on their way.

17The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,

18seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice; so that the Lord may bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

20Then the Lord said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin!

21I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.”

22So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord.

23Then Abraham came near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

24Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?

25Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”

26And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.”

27Abraham answered, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.

28Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”

29Again he spoke to him, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”

30Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”

31He said, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”

32Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”

33And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.

Chapter 19

The Depravity of Sodom

1The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and bowed down with his face to the ground.

2He said, “Please, my lords, turn aside to your servant's house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you can rise early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the square.”

3But he urged 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.

4But 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;

5and they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, so that we may know them.”

6Lot went out of the door to the men, shut the door after him,

7and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.

8Look, I have two daughters who have not known a 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.”

9But they replied, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien, and he would play the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near the door to break it down.

10But the men inside reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.

11And they struck with blindness the men who were at the door of the house, both small and great, so that they were unable to find the door.

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

12Then 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.

13For 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.”

14So 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 jesting.

15When 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 the city.”

16But he lingered; so the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and left him outside the city.

17When they had brought them 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.”

18And Lot said to them, “Oh, no, my lords;

19your 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.

20Look, 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!”

21He said to him, “Very well, I grant you this favor too, and will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken.

22Hurry, escape there, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.” Therefore the city was called Zoar.

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

24Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

25and he overthrew those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

26But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

27Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord;

28and 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.

29So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the Plain, God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had settled.

The Shameful Origin of Moab and Ammon

30Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; so he lived in a cave with his two daughters.

31And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of all the world.

32Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, so that we may preserve offspring through our father.”

33So they made their father drink wine that night; and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; he did not know when she lay down or when she rose.

34On the next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Look, 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.”

35So 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.

36Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father.

37The firstborn bore a son, and named him Moab; he is the ancestor of the Moabites to this day.

38The younger also bore a son and named him Ben-ammi; he is the ancestor of the Ammonites to this day.