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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

創世記 19:1-38



1その日の夕方、二人の天使がソドムの町の入口に着きました。ちょうどそこに、ロトが座っていました。ロトは二人を見るとすぐさま立ち上がって迎え、伏し拝んであいさつをしました。 2「ご主人がた、どうぞ私どもの家にお泊まりください。明日の朝、お好きな時間にお発ちになればよろしいでしょう。」


3けれども、ロトはしきりに勧めました。とうとう二人はロトについて彼の家に行きました。ロトは客のためにパン種(パンの製造に使用する酵母)を入れない焼きたてのパンを出し、ごちそうを並べました。食事が終わり、 4ベッドの用意にかかろうとしていると、若者から年寄りまで町中の男たちがぐるりと家を取り囲み、 5大声でわめき立てました。「やい、ロト! あの二人を外に出せ。うんとかわいがってやろう。」

6ロトは彼らをなだめようと外へ出て、うしろの戸を閉めました。 7「お願いだ。乱暴はやめてくれ。 8うちには結婚前の娘が二人いるから、好きなようにしてかまわない。けれども、客人に手出しをすることだけはやめてくれないか。私が責任をもってお泊めしたのだから。」

9「うるさい、引っ込んでいろ!」暴徒たちは口々に叫びました。「だいたい自分を何様だと思っていやがるんだ。お情けでこの町に住ませてもらっているよそ者なのに、おれたちに命令しようっていうのか? こうなったら、あの二人のことなんかどうでもいい! それより、おまえの生意気な面の皮をひっぱがしてやろう。」言うが早いか、彼らはどっとロトに飛びかかり、戸を壊そうとし始めました。 10ところが、客の二人がさっと腕を伸ばしてロトをつかみ、家の中に連れ込むと、戸にがっちりかぎをかけたのです。 11そして、外の男たちの目を一時的に見えなくしたので、彼らは戸がどこにあるのかわからなくなってしまいました。

12二人はロトに言いました。「この町に親戚がいますか。家族の皆さんも、それからもし親戚があれば、その人たちもみな、ここから逃げなさい。 13われわれは今からこの町を滅ぼします。この町の腐敗は天にまで知れ渡り、主は、この町を滅ぼすためにわたしたちを遣わされたのです。」






21「よろしい。言うとおりにしてあげよう。あの小さな村は滅ぼさないことにします。 22だが、急がなければなりません。あなたが向こうに着くまで、わたしは何もしないから。」この時から、その村はツォアルと呼ばれるようになりました。「小さな村」という意味です。

23ロトが村に着くと、ちょうど太陽が昇ったところでした。 24その時、天から、火のように燃える硫黄が、ソドムとゴモラの上に降りかかりました。 25そして、平野に点在するほかの町や村といっしょに、ソドムとゴモラをすっかり焼き尽くしてしまったのです。人間も植物も動物も、いのちあるものはみな死に絶えました。 26ロトの妻も夫のあとからついて行ったのですが、天使の警告に背いてうしろを振り返ったため、塩の柱になってしまいました。

27その日、アブラハムは早く起きて、神と話をした場所に急ぎました。 28ソドムとゴモラのあった平野を見渡すと、まるでかまどのように熱気がたちこめ、煙の柱が町のあちこちから立ち上っているのが見えます。 29しかし神は、アブラハムの願いを聞き入れ、ロトのいのちを救いました。町を覆い尽くした死の災いから、ロトを救い出されたのです。


30その後、ロトはツォアルの人々を恐れて山へ逃げ、二人の娘といっしょにほら穴で暮らしました。 31そんなある日、姉が妹に言いました。「このあたりには男の人がいないし、お父さんも私たちを結婚させることはできないわ。それにお父さんもずいぶん年をとってきたわ。 32だから、お父さんをぶどう酒で酔いつぶして、いっしょに寝ましょう。私たちの家系が絶えないようにするには、そうするしかないのよ。」 33相談がまとまり、二人はその夜、父親に酒を飲ませ、まず姉が父親のところに行きました。しかしロトは、娘が自分のところに入ったことはおろか、寝たのも起きたのも何一つ覚えていませんでした。

34次の朝、姉は妹に言いました。「ゆうべ私はお父さんと寝床を共にしたわ。だから、今夜もまた、お酒を飲ませましょう。今度はあなたの番よ。」 35二人はその夜もまた父親に酒を飲ませ、妹が父親と寝ました。前の晩と同じように、父親は、娘がそばに来たことに全く気がつきませんでした。 36こうして、娘は二人とも父親の子どもを宿したのです。 37やがて生まれた姉の子はモアブと名づけられ、モアブ人の先祖となりました。 38妹の子はベン・アミという名で、アモン人の先祖です。