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1. Mosebog 19:1-38

Sodomas ondskab

1Samme aften ankom de to engle til Sodoma. Lot sad på torvet lige inden for byporten, og da han fik øje på dem, gik han dem straks i møde og bøjede sig ærbødigt for dem.

2„Mine herrer,” sagde han, „kom hjem til mig og få vasket støvet af jeres fødder. I skal være mine gæster, og i morgen tidlig kan I så begive jer videre på rejsen.” „Nej tak,” svarede de. „Vi vil hellere tilbringe natten her på torvet.”

3Men Lot pressede på, og til sidst gik de med ham hjem. Han fik bagt noget brød i en fart, selv om der ingen surdej var i huset, og han serverede et måltid mad for dem.

4Efter måltidet, da de skulle til at gå til ro, blev huset omringet af byens mænd, både unge og gamle. 5De råbte til Lot: „Hvor er de mænd, som kom for at overnatte hos dig? Bring dem ud til os, så vi kan have sex med dem!”

6Men Lot gik ud til dem og lukkede døren efter sig. 7„Rolig, venner!” sagde han. „Gør jer ikke skyldig i noget så ondt! 8Jeg har to døtre, som endnu er jomfruer. Dem kan jeg bringe ud til jer. Så kan I gøre med dem, hvad I vil. Men I må lade disse mænd i fred. De er mine gæster og under min beskyttelse.”

9„Flyt dig!” råbte de. „Hvad bilder du dig ind? Vi gav dig lov til at bo iblandt os, og så vil du fortælle os, hvad vi skal gøre eller ikke gøre! Bare vent til vi får fat i dig, så skal vi behandle dig værre end dine gæster!” De nærmede sig truende Lot, parate til at brække døren op om nødvendigt.

10Da rakte de to mænd hænderne ud efter Lot, trak ham ind i huset og lukkede døren. 11Samtidig gjorde de mændene udenfor blinde, så de ikke kunne finde døren.

12„Har du nogen pårørende her i byen, Lot, svigersønner, sønner, døtre eller andre, som hører til din familie?” spurgte englene, „så sørg for at få dem ud af byen hurtigst muligt! 13Vi har nemlig fået ordre til at tilintetgøre dette sted! Synden her er blevet så himmelråbende, at Herren har besluttet at ødelægge byen.”

14Lot skyndte sig af sted til de mænd, der var forlovet med hans døtre. „I må forlade byen hurtigst muligt!” sagde han. „For Herren vil ødelægge den!” Men de troede, det var hans spøg.

Sodoma og Gomorra ødelægges

15Ved daggry næste morgen, skyndede englene på Lot. „Få fat i din kone og dine to døtre og kom af sted, så I ikke skal miste livet på grund af byens synd.”

16Da Lot tøvede, tog englene ham og hans kone og de to døtre ved hånden og førte dem skyndsomst uden for byen, for Herren ville redde dem.

17„Løb for livet!” sagde englene. „Se jer ikke tilbage og stands ikke nogen steder i Jordandalen. Flygt op i bjergene, hvis I vil redde livet!” 18Men Lot indvendte: „Åh nej, herre! 19I skal have mange tak, fordi I har vist os den nåde at frelse os fra ødelæggelsen. Men vi kan ikke nå op i bjergene, før ulykken indhenter os, og vi dør. 20Se den lille by derovre. Det er jo bare en lille landsby, som I ikke behøver at ødelægge. Kan vi ikke flygte derhen? Den er jo ikke ret langt væk.”

21„Godt,” svarede englen, „jeg vil gå ind på dit forslag. Jeg vil sørge for, at den landsby ikke bliver ødelagt. 22Men skynd dig! Jeg kan nemlig ikke gå i gang, før I er i sikkerhed i landsbyen.” Derfor kom landsbyen til at hedde Zoar.19,22 Det betyder: „lille by”.

23Solen var kommet et stykke op, før Lot ankom til Zoar. 24Med det samme lod Herren ild og svovl regne ned fra himlen over Sodoma og Gomorra. 25Han ødelagde byerne totalt tillige med hele Jordandalen, alle der boede der, og alt, hvad der voksede på markerne. 26Men på vej bort fra byen, havde Lots kone set sig tilbage, og i det samme hun gjorde det, stivnede hun og blev til en saltstøtte.

27Den næste morgen skyndte Abraham sig ud til det sted, hvor han havde stået og talt med Herren. 28Da han kiggede ud over sletten i retning af Sodoma og Gomorra, så han en tyk røg stige til vejrs over hele området. 29Men Gud havde hørt Abrahams bøn og frelst Lot ved at redde ham fra den katastrofe, som ødelagde byerne i dalen.

Lot og hans døtre

30Senere forlod Lot Zoar, for han var bange for at blive boende der. I stedet tog han op i bjergene med sine to døtre og indrettede sig i en bjerghule. 31En dag sagde den ældste søster til den yngste: „Der findes ingen mænd i dette øde område, som vi kan gifte os med. Desuden er vores far snart for gammel til selv at avle børn. 32Lad os få ham til at drikke sig fuld og så ligge med ham, så hans slægt kan fortsætte.” 33Så drak de ham fuld, og samme nat lå den ældste søster med sin far, men han sansede intet—hverken at hun lagde sig, eller at hun stod op.

34Næste morgen sagde hun til den yngste: „Jeg lå hos vores far i nat. Lad os drikke ham fuld igen i aften, så du kan gøre det samme. Det er den eneste måde, slægten kan overleve på.” 35Så drak de ham fuld, og derefter gik den yngste søster ind og lå hos ham, og han sansede hverken, at hun lagde sig, eller at hun stod op igen. 36Sådan gik det til, at begge døtre blev gravide ved deres far. 37Den ældste fødte en søn, som hun kaldte Moab.19,37 Det betyder: „kommet af faderen”. Han blev stamfar til moabitterne. 38Den yngste fødte også en søn, som kom til at hedde Ben-Ammi.19,38 Det betyder: „slægtningens søn”. Han blev stamfar til ammonitterne.

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 19:1-38

The Lord Destroys Sodom and Gomorrah

1The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening. Lot was sitting near the gate of the city. When Lot saw the angels, he got up to greet them. He bowed down with his face to the ground. 2“My lords,” he said, “please come to my house. You can wash your feet and spend the night there. Then you can go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered. “We’ll spend the night in the town square.”

3But Lot wouldn’t give up. So they went with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them. He baked bread without using yeast. And they ate. 4Before Lot and his guests had gone to bed, all the men came from every part of the city of Sodom. Young and old men alike surrounded the house. 5They called out to Lot. They said, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us. We want to have sex with them.”

6Lot went outside to meet them. He shut the door behind him. 7He said, “No, my friends. Don’t do such an evil thing. 8Look, I have two daughters that no man has ever slept with. I’ll bring them out to you now. Then do to them what you want to. But don’t do anything to these men. I’ve brought them inside so they can be safe.”

9“Get out of our way!” the men of Sodom replied to Lot. “You came here as an outsider. Now you want to act like a judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept trying to force Lot to open the door. Then they moved forward to break it down.

10But the angels inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11Then they made the men who were at the door of the house blind. They blinded both young and old men so that they couldn’t find the door.

12The two angels said to Lot, “Do you have any other family members here? Do you have sons-in-law, sons, daughters or any other relatives in the city? Get them out of here! 13We are going to destroy this place. Many have cried out to the Lord against the people of this city. So he has sent us to destroy it.”

14Then Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law. They had promised to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry up! Get out of this place! The Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

15The sun was coming up. So the angels tried to get Lot to leave. They said, “Hurry up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out! If you don’t, you will be swept away when the city is destroyed.”

16Lot didn’t move right away. So the men grabbed him by the hand. They also took hold of the hands of his wife and two daughters. They led all of them safely out of the city. The Lord had mercy on them. 17As soon as the angels had brought them out, one of them spoke. He said, “Run for your lives! Don’t look back! Don’t stop anywhere in the valley! Run to the mountains! If you don’t, you will be swept away!”

18But Lot said to them, “No, my lords! Please! 19You have done me a big favor. You have been very kind to me by sparing my life. But I can’t run to the mountains. I won’t be able to escape this horrible thing that’s going to happen. And then I’ll die. 20Look, here’s a town near enough to run to. It’s small. Let me run to it. It’s very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”

21The Lord said to Lot, “All right. I will also give you what you are asking for. I will not destroy the town you are talking about. 22But run there quickly. I can’t do anything until you reach it.” The town was named Zoar. Zoar means Small.

23By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24Then the Lord sent down burning sulfur. It came down like rain on Sodom and Gomorrah. It came from the Lord. It came out of the sky. 25The Lord destroyed these cities and the whole valley. All the people who were living in the cities were wiped out. So were the plants in the land. 26But Lot’s wife looked back. When she did, she became a pillar made out of salt.

27Early the next morning Abraham got up. He returned to the place where he had stood in front of the Lord. 28He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and the whole valley. He saw thick smoke rising from the land. It looked like smoke from a furnace.

29So when God destroyed the cities of the valley, he showed concern for Abraham. He brought Lot out safely when he destroyed the cities where Lot had lived.

Lot and His Daughters

30Lot and his two daughters left Zoar. They went to live in the mountains because Lot was afraid to stay in Zoar. So he and his daughters lived in a cave. 31One day the older daughter spoke to the younger one. She said, “Our father is old. People all over the earth have men to marry and have children with. We do not. 32So let’s get our father to drink wine. Then we can sleep with him. We can use our father to continue our family line.”

33That night they got their father to drink wine. Then the older daughter went in and slept with him. He wasn’t aware when she lay down or when she got up.

34The next day the older daughter spoke to the younger one again. She said, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight. Then you go in and sleep with him. We can use our father to continue our family line.” 35So they got their father to drink wine that night also. Then the younger daughter slept with him. Again he wasn’t aware when she lay down or when she got up.

36So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37The older daughter had a son. She named him Moab. He’s the father of the Moabites of today. 38The younger daughter also had a son. She named him Ben-Ammi. He’s the father of the Ammonites of today.