1 Now a the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and b Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. 2 And he said, "Here now, my lords, please c turn in to your servant's house and spend the night, and d wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way." And they said, e "No, but we will spend the night in the open square." 3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. f Then he made them a feast, and baked g unleavened bread, and they ate.
4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. 5 h And they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? i Bring them out to us that we j may know them carnally." 6 So k Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, 7 and said, "Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! 8 l "See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, m since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof." 9 And they said, "Stand back!" Then they said, "This one n came in to 1 stay here, o and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them." So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11 And they p struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.
12 Then the men said to Lot, "Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city - q take them out of this place! 13 "For we will destroy this place, because the r outcry against them has grown great before the face of the LORD, and s the LORD has sent us to destroy it." 14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, t who had married his daughters, and said, u "Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!" v But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.
15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, w "Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city." 16 And while he lingered, the men x took hold of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the y LORD being merciful to him, z and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that 2 he said, a "Escape for your life! b Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape c to the mountains, lest you be 3 destroyed." 18 Then Lot said to them, "Please, d no, my lords! 19 "Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die. 20 "See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live." 21 And he said to him, "See, e I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. 22 "Hurry, escape there. For f I cannot do anything until you arrive there." Therefore g the name of the city was called 4 Zoar.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.