Genesis 19:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:22, NIV: "But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.' (That is why the town was called Zoar.)"

Genesis 19:22, ESV: "Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar."

Genesis 19:22, KJV: "Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar."

Genesis 19:22, NASB: "Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.' Therefore the town was named Zoar."

Genesis 19:22, NLT: "But hurry! Escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.' (This explains why that village was known as Zoar, which means 'little place.')"

Genesis 19:22, CSB: "Hurry up! Run to it, for I cannot do anything until you get there." Therefore the name of the city is Zoar."

What does Genesis 19:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Lord has granted Lot's request not to destroy a small city nearby so that Lot and his family can flee to it and escape God's judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. This is quite a generous allowance. Lot is so entrenched in Sodom that he has to be dragged, by the hand, out of the city by two angels. These are the same angels who initially told Lot and his family to run directly for the hills, in order to be completely out of the disaster zone. When Lot asks to flee only to a nearby town, his request is graciously accepted.

There is still a sense of urgency at play, however. Lot and his family must hurry. The Lord will not allow the judgment to begin until the family arrives at the town that will now be called Zoar, which comes from a word that means "to be small." This town was formerly known by the name Bela (Genesis 14:8).