Genesis 19:1-22 - The Rescue Of Lot From Sodom

1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even. And Lot sat at the gate of the city. And Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself to the ground with his face. 2 And he said, "See lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house; and tarry all night and wash your feet, and rise up early and go on your ways." And they said, "Nay, but we will bide in the streets all night." 3 And he compelled them exceedingly. And they turned in unto him and entered into his house, and he made them a feast and did bake sweet cakes, and they ate.

4 But before they went to rest, the men of the city of Sodom compassed the house round about both old and young, all the people from all quarters. 5 And they called unto Lot and said unto him, "Where are the men which came into thy house tonight? Bring them out unto us that we may do our lust with them."

6 And Lot went out at doors unto them and shut the door after him, 7 and said, "Nay. For God's sake, brethren, do not so wickedly. 8 Behold, I have two daughters which have known no man; them will I bring out unto you: do with them as it seemeth you good: Only unto these men do nothing, for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof."

9 And they said, "Come hither." And they said, "Camest thou not in to sojourn, and wilt thou be now a judge? We will surely deal worse with thee than with them. And as they pressed sore upon Lot and began to break up the door, 10 the men put forth their hands and pulled Lot into the house to them and shut to the door. 11 And the men that were at the door of the house, they smote with blindness - both small and great, so that they could not find the door.

12 And the men said moreover unto Lot, "If thou have yet here any son-in-law or sons or daughters or whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring it out of this place: 13 for we must destroy this place, because the cry of them is great before the LORD. Wherefore he hath sent us to destroy it."

14 And Lot went out and spake unto his sons-in-law, which should have married his daughters, and said, "Stand up and get you out of this place, for the LORD will destroy the city!" But he seemed as though he had mocked, unto his sons-in-law.

15 And as the morning arose, the angels caused Lot to speed him, saying, "Stand up, take thy wife and thy two daughters and that that is at hand, lest thou perish in the sin of the city." 16 And as he prolonged the time, the men caught both him, his wife and his two daughters by the hands; because the LORD was merciful unto him, and they brought him forth and set him without the city.

17 When they had brought them out, they said, "Save thy life and look not behind thee, neither tarry thou in any place of the country, but save thyself in the mountain, lest thou perish."

18 Then said Lot unto them, "Oh nay my lord: 19 behold, inasmuch as thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, now make thy mercy great which thou showest unto me in saving my life. For I cannot save myself in the mountains, lest some misfortune fall upon me and I die. 20 Behold, here is a city by, to flee unto, and it is a little one, let me save myself therein: is it not a little one, that my soul may live?"

21 And he said to him, "See, I have received thy request as concerning this thing, that I will not overthrow this city for the which thou hast spoken. 22 Haste thee, and save thyself there, for I can do nothing till thou be come in thither." And therefore the name of the city is called Zoar.