19b-Sodom and Gomorrah

Genesis 19:12-29 

The angels (to Lot): Do you have any here besides? Son in law, and sons, and daughters, and anyone you have in the city, bring them out of this place, because we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord has sent us to destroy it. 

Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked to his sons in law. 

When the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot.

The angels: Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters, which are here; lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 

While Lot lingered, the men laid hold on his hand, and the hand of his wife, and the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful to him: and they brought him forth, and set him outside the city. 

One of the men: Escape for your life; do not look behind you, nor stay in all the plain. Escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. 

Lot: Oh, not so, my Lord. I have found grace in your sight, and you have magnified your mercy, which you have shown to me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: Let me escape to this little city which is near and my soul shall live. 

The angel: I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which you have spoken. Hurry, escape there; for I cannot do any thing till you are come there. 

Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 

The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.  

Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground. 

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

Why did Lot’s wife look back? I always thought it was because of the stuff she left behind. I recently noticed that the angels mentioned sons. They also mentioned sons-in-law. (vs 12) And Lot went to warn the sons-in-law. (vs 15) Some Bible versions interpret sons-in-law to mean those promised to his daughters. (ESV, NIV) Other versions interpret it as men who are married to other daughters. (NKJV) Lot’s wife may have looked back because she had other children in the city. 

Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he stood before the Lord. And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the plain, and the smoke of the country went up like the smoke of a furnace. 

And when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt.

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