Genesis 19:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:21, NIV: He said to him, 'Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of.

Genesis 19:21, ESV: He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken.

Genesis 19:21, KJV: And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

Genesis 19:21, NASB: And he said to him, 'Behold, I grant you this request also, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken.

Genesis 19:21, NLT: 'All right,' the angel said, 'I will grant your request. I will not destroy the little village.

Genesis 19:21, CSB: And he said to him, "All right, I'll grant your request about this matter too and will not demolish the town you mentioned.

What does Genesis 19:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Lot has literally been dragged, by the hand, out of the depraved city of Sodom as God's destruction looms near. This was accomplished by two angels, appearing as men. In the previous verse, Lot has refused the command of the angels for him and his family to run for the hills without stopping in order to escape God's judgment on Sodom. Instead, Lot asked if he and his family might shelter in a much smaller town nearby, if the Lord would be willing not to destroy that little town.

Instead of rebuking Lot for his ingratitude or insisting on judging this little town, which for all intents and purposes was a part of the Sodom and Gomorrah cultures, the Lord simply agrees. He continues to show Lot great favor both in saving his life and granting his requests, apparently in keeping with His covenant promises to bless his uncle Abraham.