Genesis 19:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:15, NIV: "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.'"

Genesis 19:15, ESV: "As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.”"

Genesis 19:15, KJV: "And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city."

Genesis 19:15, NASB: "When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, 'Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.'"

Genesis 19:15, NLT: "At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. 'Hurry,' they said to Lot. 'Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!'"

Genesis 19:15, CSB: "At daybreak the angels urged Lot on: "Get up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.""

What does Genesis 19:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

During the prior night, two angels disguised as men had arrived in Sodom. Lot offered to protect them in his house, knowing they would not be safe in the streets overnight. A mob arrived at Lot's home, demanding these strangers be sent out so they could be raped. When this same crowd attacked Lot for interfering, the strangers pull Lot back into the house and supernaturally blind the attackers. They warn Lot to go and call anyone else he wishes to save from death to leave Sodom immediately. Lot does so, but nobody listens.

Here, a long night in Sodom finally comes to an end. It will be the last night before God's judgment rains down on the city. The angels make clear to Lot and his family that the time has come for the four of them to go to avoid being swept away in the punishment of the city. The language used here is the same that Abraham used when asking the Lord if He would sweep the righteous away with the wicked. The Lord had assured Abraham that He would not destroy the city if He found ten righteous people. He did not—the city of Sodom is completely and utterly depraved.

Still, the Lord will be merciful to "righteous Lot" (2 Peter 2:7) and his family, likely because of God's covenant promises to bless Abraham and all those with him.