New International Version

Genesis 19

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. “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.”

But 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. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They 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.”

Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, 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.”

“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.

10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then 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.

12 The 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, 13 because 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.”

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[a] 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.

15 With 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.”

16 When 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. 17 As 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!”

18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[b] please! 19 Your[c] servant has found favor in your[d] eyes, and you[e] 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. 20 Look, 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.”

21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.[f])

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 He 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.

29 So 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

30 Lot 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. 31 One 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. 32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”

33 That 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.

34 The 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.” 35 So 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.

36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab[g]; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi[h]; he is the father of the Ammonites[i] of today.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 19:14 Or were married to
  2. Genesis 19:18 Or No, Lord; or No, my lord
  3. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  4. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  5. Genesis 19:19 The Hebrew is singular.
  6. Genesis 19:22 Zoar means small.
  7. Genesis 19:37 Moab sounds like the Hebrew for from father.
  8. Genesis 19:38 Ben-Ammi means son of my father’s people.
  9. Genesis 19:38 Hebrew Bene-Ammon

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 19

上帝毁灭所多玛和蛾摩拉

1那两个天使在黄昏的时候来到所多玛,罗得正坐在城门口,看见他们,便起来迎接,俯伏在地上说: “我主啊,请到仆人家洗洗脚,住一夜,明天早上再继续赶路吧!”他们说:“不,我们要在街上过夜。” 罗得执意邀请他们,他们便答应到他家里作客。罗得设宴款待他们,烤无酵饼给他们吃。 他们正准备就寝的时候,所多玛城的男人从老到少全都出来,团团围住罗得的房子, 对罗得大喊大叫:“今天晚上到你家中作客的人在哪里?把他们交出来,我们要跟他们性交!” 罗得走出来,关上门,到众人面前, 对他们说:“各位弟兄,请不要做这种邪恶的事! 我有两个女儿,还是处女,我愿意把她们交出来任凭你们处置,只是请你们不要侮辱这两个人,他们是我家里的客人。” 他们对罗得说:“走开!”又说:“这个寄居的人竟当起审判官来啦!现在我们要用更狠的手段对付你。”众人便推挤罗得,想要破门而入。 10 那两位天使伸手把罗得拉进屋里,关上了门, 11 并让门外的人,不论老少都眼目昏花,摸来摸去也找不着罗得家的门。

12 天使对罗得说:“你还有什么亲人住在这里?你要带儿女、女婿和城里其他亲人离开这里, 13 因为我们就要毁灭这城了。耶和华已经听见控诉这罪恶之城的声音,祂差遣我们来毁灭这城。” 14 罗得听了就去通知他女儿的未婚夫说:“快走吧!耶和华要毁灭这城了!”可是他们却以为他是在开玩笑。

15 天刚亮的时候,天使便催促罗得说:“起来,带着你的妻子和两个女儿离开,免得所多玛城因罪恶受惩罚的时候,你也一起被毁灭。” 16 罗得却犹疑不决,天使便拉着罗得及其妻子和两个女儿的手出去,将他们安置在城外,因为耶和华怜悯他们。 17 到了城外,其中一位天使说:“赶快逃!不要回头看,也不要留在平原,要往山上逃,免得你们被毁灭。” 18 罗得说:“我主啊,请不要这样。 19 仆人蒙你厚爱、施恩相救,但我无法逃到山上,要是这灾难追上我,我就没命了! 20 请看,那座城离这里不远,容易跑到,又是座小城,请让我逃到那座小城活命吧!” 21 天使回答说:“好吧,我答应你,不毁灭那座小城。 22 你赶快逃吧,因为你还没有到那里之前,我不能动手。”从此那城便叫琐珥[a]

23 罗得到达琐珥的时候,太阳已经出来了。 24 耶和华从天上把燃烧的硫磺降在所多玛和蛾摩拉两地, 25 毁灭了这两座城和其中的居民,包括整个平原和地上的植物。 26 罗得的妻子跟在后面,她回头一望,就变成了一根盐柱。

27 亚伯拉罕清早起来,走到他从前站在耶和华面前的地方, 28 向所多玛、蛾摩拉和整个平原眺望,只见那里浓烟滚滚,好像火窑的烟一样。

29 这样,为了亚伯拉罕的缘故,上帝毁灭平原各城的时候,让罗得逃离所住的城市,不致丧命。

罗得与他的女儿

30 罗得不敢住在琐珥,便带着两个女儿来到山上,住进一个洞里。 31 他的大女儿对妹妹说:“我们的父亲年纪大了,这里又没有男子可以照着世上的习俗娶我们。 32 不如我们灌醉父亲,然后跟他睡觉,借着他替我们一家传宗接代吧。” 33 于是,那晚她们灌醉了父亲,大女儿进去和父亲睡。她什么时候躺下,什么时候起来,罗得完全不知道。 34 第二天,大女儿对妹妹说:“昨天晚上我已经和父亲睡了,今天晚上我们再灌醉他,你可以进去和他睡。这样,我们就可以借着父亲传宗接代。” 35 当天晚上,她们又灌醉了罗得,小女儿进去与他睡。她什么时候躺下,什么时候起来,罗得完全不知道。 36 这样,罗得的两个女儿都从父亲怀了孕。 37 大女儿生了一个儿子,给他取名叫摩押[b],他是今天摩押人的祖先。 38 小女儿也生了一个儿子,给他取名叫便·亚米[c],他是今天亚扪人的祖先。

Footnotes

  1. 19:22 琐珥”意思是“小”。
  2. 19:37 “摩押”意思是“出自父亲”。
  3. 19:38 便·亚米”意思是“亲人的儿子”。