Genesis 19:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:29, NIV: "So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived."

Genesis 19:29, ESV: "So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived."

Genesis 19:29, KJV: "And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt."

Genesis 19:29, NASB: "So it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the surrounding area, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the destruction, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived."

Genesis 19:29, NLT: "But God had listened to Abraham's request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain."

Genesis 19:29, CSB: "So it was, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham and brought Lot out of the middle of the upheaval when he demolished the cities where Lot had lived."

What does Genesis 19:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse restates what Abraham learned only later. God saved Lot and Lot's daughters because He remembered Abraham. God even saved Lot's wife, at least temporarily, though she died during the escape due to her own disobedience. God did indeed overthrow and thoroughly destroy the region in which Lot lived for their overwhelming sinfulness. But God saved Lot.

God's act of rescue even in His judgment would serve as evidence to Abraham that God would keep His promises to Abraham in the years to come. What happened in Sodom and Gomorrah has to be remembered when interpreting God's command to Abraham in chapter 22 to sacrifice his son Isaac. God has proven that He will not only act properly, but that He will work out all things for good in ways Abraham never could have foreseen. It is that earned trust, through experience with God's providence, which will lead Abraham to place his faith in God during such a confusing time.