Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
1The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2“My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”
“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”
3But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
6Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”
9“Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.
10But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
12The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”
14So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry19:14 Or were married to his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.
15With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
16When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”
18But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,19:18 Or No, Lord; or No, my lord please! 19Your19:19 The Hebrew is singular. servant has found favor in your19:19 The Hebrew is singular. eyes, and you19:19 The Hebrew is singular. have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”
21He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.19:22 Zoar means small.)
23By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
27Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.
29So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.
Lot and His Daughters
30Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 31One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. 32Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”
33That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.
34The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 35So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it 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, and she named him Moab19:37 Moab sounds like the Hebrew for from father.; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi19:38 Ben-Ammi means son of my father’s people.; he is the father of the Ammonites19:38 Hebrew Bene-Ammon of today.
Kuwonongedwa kwa Sodomu ndi Gomora
1Angelo awiri aja anafika ku Sodomu madzulo ndipo Loti anali atakhala pansi pa chipata cha mzindawo. Loti atawaona, anayimirira ndi kukakumana nawo ndipo anaweramitsa mutu wake pansi mwaulemu. 2Iye anati, “Ambuye wanga, chonde patukirani ku nyumba kwa mtumiki wanu. Mukhoza kusambitsa mapazi anu ndi kugona usiku uno kenaka nʼkumapitirira ndi ulendo wanu mmamawa.”
Iwo anati, “Ayi, tigona panja.”
3Koma iye anawawumiriza kwambiri kotero kuti anapita naye pamodzi ku nyumba kwake. Anawakonzera chakudya buledi wopanda yisiti ndipo anadya. 4Alendo aja asanapite kogona, amuna onse achinyamata ndi achikulire ochokera mbali zonse za mzinda wa Sodomu anazinga nyumba ya Loti. 5Iwo anayitana Loti namufunsa kuti, “Ali kuti amuna aja amene afika kuno usiku womwe uno? Atulutse, utipatse kuti tigone nawo malo amodzi.”
6Loti anatuluka panja kukakumana nawo natseka chitseko 7ndipo anati, “Ayi anzanga, musachite zinthu zoyipa zotere. 8Taonani, ine ndili ndi ana anga akazi awiri amene sanagonepo ndi mwamuna. Mundilole ndikutulutsireni amenewo ndipo muchite nawo zimene mungafune. Koma musachite chilichonse ndi anthuwa, pakuti iwowa ndi alendo anga ndipo ndiyenera kuwatchinjiriza.”
9Iwo anayankha kuti, “Tachoka apa tidutse.” Ndipo anati, “Munthu uyu anabwera kuno ngati mlendo chabe, tsono lero akufuna kuti akhale wotiweruza! Tikukhawulitsa kuposa iwowa.” Anapitiriza kumuwumiriza Loti uja nʼkumasunthira kutsogolo kuti athyole chitseko.
10Koma anthu aja anali mʼkatiwa anasuzumira namukokera Loti uja mʼkati mwa nyumba nʼkutseka chitseko. 11Kenaka anawachititsa khungu anthu amene anali panja pa nyumba aja, aangʼono ndi aakulu omwe, kuti asaone pa khomo.
12Anthu awiri aja anati kwa Loti, “Kodi uli ndi wina aliyense pano, kaya ndi akamwini ako, kaya ndi ana ako aamuna kapena aakazi, kapena aliyense mu mzindamu amene ndi anzako? Atulutse onse muno, 13chifukwa tiwononga malo ano. Yehova waona kuti kuyipa kwa anthu a mu mzindawu kwakulitsa. Choncho watituma kuti tiwuwononge.”
14Choncho Loti anatuluka nayankhula ndi akamwini ake amene anali kuyembekezera kukwatira ana ake akazi nati, “Fulumirani, tiyeni tichoke pa malo ano chifukwa Yehova watsala pangʼono kuwononga mzindawu.” Koma akamwini akewo ankayesa kuti akungoselewula.
15Mmene kumacha, angelo aja anamufulumizitsa Loti nati, “Nyamuka, tenga mkazi wako ndi ana ako aakazi awiriwo, ndipo mutuluke mu mzindawo kuopa kuti mungaphedwe pamodzi nawo.”
16Koma Loti ankakayikabe. Koma Yehova anawachitira chifundo motero kuti anthu aja anagwira mkazi wake ndi ana ake aakazi aja nawatsogolera bwinobwino kuwatulutsa mu mzindawo. 17Atangowatulutsa, mmodzi wa angelowo anati, “Thawani kuti mudzipulumutse, musachewuke, musayime pena paliponse mʼchigwamo! Thawirani ku mapiri kuopa kuti mungawonongeke!”
18Koma Loti anawawuza kuti, “Ayi, ambuye anga chonde musatero! 19Taonani, Inu mwachitira mtumiki wanu chifundo, ndipo mwaonetsa kukoma mtima kwanu pondipulumutsa. Sindingathawire ku mapiri chifukwa chiwonongekochi chikhoza kundipeza ndisanafike ku mapiriko ndipo ndingafe. 20Koma, chapafupi pomwepa pali mudzi woti ndikhoza kuthamanga nʼkukafikako. Mundilole ndithawireko, ndi waungʼono kwambiri, si choncho? Mukatero, moyo wanga upulumuka.”
21Mngeloyo anati kwa iye, “Chabwino, ndavomeranso pempho lako, sindiwononga mudzi ukunenawo. 22Koma uthawireko mofulumira chifukwa sindichita kena kalikonse mpaka utafikako.” (Nʼchifukwa chake mudziwo unatchedwa Zowari).
23Pamene Loti amafika ku Zowari, nʼkuti dzuwa litatuluka. 24Ndiye Yehova anathira sulufule wamoto wochokera kumwamba kwa Yehova pa Sodomu ndi Gomora. 25Kotero, anawononga mizindayo, chigwa chonse pamodzi ndi onse okhala mʼmizindayo. Anawononganso zomera zonse za mʼdzikolo. 26Koma mkazi wa Loti anachewuka ndipo anasanduka mwala wa mchere.
27Mmawa mwake, Abrahamu ananyamuka nabwerera kumalo kumene anakumana ndi Yehova kuja. 28Anayangʼana kumunsi ku Sodomu, Gomora ndi ku dziko lonse la ku chigwa, ndipo anaona chiwutsi chikufuka mʼdzikolo ngati chikuchokera mʼngʼanjo.
29Choncho Mulungu anawononga mizinda ya ku chigwa, koma anakumbukira pemphero la Abrahamu natulutsa Loti ku sulufule ndi moto zimene zinawononga mizinda ya kumene Loti amakhalako.
Loti ndi Ana ake Aakazi
30Loti ndi ana ake awiri aakazi anachoka ku Zowari nakakhala ku mapiri, chifukwa amachita mantha kukhala ku Zowari. Iye ndi ana ake awiri ankakhala mʼphanga. 31Tsiku lina mwana wake wamkazi wamkulu anawuza mngʼono wake kuti, “Abambo athu ndi wokalamba ndipo palibe mwamuna aliyense pano woti atikwatire ndi kubereka ana monga mwa chikhalidwe cha pa dziko lonse lapansi. 32Tiye tiwamwetse vinyo ndipo tigone nawo. Tikatero mtundu wathu udzakhalapobe.”
33Usiku umenewo analedzeretsa vinyo abambo awo, ndipo wamkuluyo analowa nagona naye. Abambo awo samadziwa kanthu pamene mwanayo anagona naye kapena pamene anadzuka.
34Tsiku linali mwana wamkazi wamkulu uja anati kwa mngʼono wake, “Usiku wathawu ine ndinagona ndi abambo anga. Tiye tiwaledzeretsenso vinyo usiku uno ndipo iwe upite ndi kugona nawo ndipo mtundu wathu udzakhalapobe.” 35Choncho analedzeranso vinyo abambo awo usiku umenewonso, ndipo mwana wamkazi wamngʼono anapita nagona nawo. Abambo awo sanadziwenso kanthu pamene mwanayo anagona naye kapena pamene anadzuka.
36Choncho ana onse awiri a Loti aja anatenga pathupi pa abambo awo. 37Mwana wamkazi wamkulu uja anabereka mwana wa mwamuna ndipo anamutcha Mowabu. Iyeyo ndiye kholo la Amowabu onse. 38Mwana wamkazi wamngʼono naye anabereka mwana wamwamuna, ndipo anamutcha iye Beni-Ammi. Iyeyu ndiye kholo la Aamoni onse.