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 (Traditional)

創世記 19

上帝毀滅所多瑪和蛾摩拉

1那兩個天使在黃昏的時候來到所多瑪,羅得正坐在城門口,看見他們,便起來迎接,俯伏在地上說: 「我主啊,請到僕人家洗洗腳,住一夜,明天早上再繼續趕路吧!」他們說:「不,我們要在街上過夜。」 羅得執意邀請他們,他們便答應到他家裡作客。羅得設宴款待他們,烤無酵餅給他們吃。 他們正準備就寢的時候,所多瑪城的男人從老到少全都出來,團團圍住羅得的房子, 對羅得大喊大叫:「今天晚上到你家中作客的人在哪裡?把他們交出來,我們要跟他們性交!」 羅得走出來,關上門,到眾人面前, 對他們說:「各位弟兄,請不要做這種邪惡的事! 我有兩個女兒,還是處女,我願意把她們交出來任憑你們處置,只是請你們不要侮辱這兩個人,他們是我家裡的客人。」 他們對羅得說:「走開!」又說:「這個寄居的人竟當起審判官來啦!現在我們要用更狠的手段對付你。」眾人便推擠羅得,想要破門而入。 10 那兩位天使伸手把羅得拉進屋裡,關上了門, 11 並讓門外的人,不論老少都眼目昏花,摸來摸去也找不著羅得家的門。

12 天使對羅得說:「你還有什麼親人住在這裡?你要帶兒女、女婿和城裡其他親人離開這裡, 13 因為我們就要毀滅這城了。耶和華已經聽見控訴這罪惡之城的聲音,祂差遣我們來毀滅這城。」 14 羅得聽了就去通知他女兒的未婚夫說:「快走吧!耶和華要毀滅這城了!」可是他們卻以為他是在開玩笑。

15 天剛亮的時候,天使便催促羅得說:「起來,帶著你的妻子和兩個女兒離開,免得所多瑪城因罪惡受懲罰的時候,你也一起被毀滅。」 16 羅得卻猶疑不決,天使便拉著羅得及其妻子和兩個女兒的手出去,將他們安置在城外,因為耶和華憐憫他們。 17 到了城外,其中一位天使說:「趕快逃!不要回頭看,也不要留在平原,要往山上逃,免得你們被毀滅。」 18 羅得說:「我主啊,請不要這樣。 19 僕人蒙你厚愛、施恩相救,但我無法逃到山上,要是這災難追上我,我就沒命了! 20 請看,那座城離這裡不遠,容易跑到,又是座小城,請讓我逃到那座小城活命吧!」 21 天使回答說:「好吧,我答應你,不毀滅那座小城。 22 你趕快逃吧,因為你還沒有到那裡之前,我不能動手。」從此那城便叫瑣珥[a]

23 羅得到達瑣珥的時候,太陽已經出來了。 24 耶和華從天上把燃燒的硫磺降在所多瑪和蛾摩拉兩地, 25 毀滅了這兩座城和其中的居民,包括整個平原和地上的植物。 26 羅得的妻子跟在後面,她回頭一望,就變成了一根鹽柱。

27 亞伯拉罕清早起來,走到他從前站在耶和華面前的地方, 28 向所多瑪、蛾摩拉和整個平原眺望,只見那裡濃煙滾滾,好像火窯的煙一樣。

29 這樣,為了亞伯拉罕的緣故,上帝毀滅平原各城的時候,讓羅得逃離所住的城市,不致喪命。

羅得與他的女兒

30 羅得不敢住在瑣珥,便帶著兩個女兒來到山上,住進一個洞裡。 31 他的大女兒對妹妹說:「我們的父親年紀大了,這裡又沒有男子可以照著世上的習俗娶我們。 32 不如我們灌醉父親,然後跟他睡覺,藉著他替我們一家傳宗接代吧。」 33 於是,那晚她們灌醉了父親,大女兒進去和父親睡。她什麼時候躺下,什麼時候起來,羅得完全不知道。 34 第二天,大女兒對妹妹說:「昨天晚上我已經和父親睡了,今天晚上我們再灌醉他,你可以進去和他睡。這樣,我們就可以藉著父親傳宗接代。」 35 當天晚上,她們又灌醉了羅得,小女兒進去與他睡。她什麼時候躺下,什麼時候起來,羅得完全不知道。 36 這樣,羅得的兩個女兒都從父親懷了孕。 37 大女兒生了一個兒子,給他取名叫摩押[b],他是今天摩押人的祖先。 38 小女兒也生了一個兒子,給他取名叫便·亞米[c],他是今天亞捫人的祖先。

Footnotes

  1. 19·22 瑣珥」意思是「小」。
  2. 19·37 「摩押」意思是「出自父親」。
  3. 19·38 便·亞米」意思是「親人的兒子」。