Genesis 19:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:13, NIV: "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.'"

Genesis 19:13, ESV: "For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.”"

Genesis 19:13, KJV: "For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it."

Genesis 19:13, NASB: "for we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the LORD that the LORD has sent us to destroy it.'"

Genesis 19:13, NLT: "For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the LORD, and he has sent us to destroy it.'"

Genesis 19:13, CSB: "for we are about to destroy this place because the outcry against its people is so great before the LORD, that the LORD has sent us to destroy it.""

What does Genesis 19:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Finally, the two angels disguised as humans reveal their full mission to Lot and his family. They have been sent by the Lord, who intends to destroy Sodom (Genesis 19:24–25). Later verses credit the action to God, while the angels here use the expression "we" when referring to Sodom's impending ruin. This might refer to the combined actions of God and His messengers, much the same way a player on a team might say "we will…" when discussing an activity. Or, it might mean that God's destruction will be accomplished through the agency of these same angels. Either way, their role is to move forward God's plans for Sodom's judgment.

With this statement, the outcry against Sodom's people has reached the Lord, in every conceivable sense. The time of judgment has come. The angles will give Lot one last chance to grab any relatives or friends and take them with him. God's justice against Sodom will be satisfied, but in His mercy these angels will rescue all who are with Lot, Abraham's nephew.