Genesis 19:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:3, NIV: "But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate."

Genesis 19:3, ESV: "But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate."

Genesis 19:3, KJV: "And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat."

Genesis 19:3, NASB: "Yet he strongly urged them, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them and baked unleavened bread, and they ate."

Genesis 19:3, NLT: "But Lot insisted, so at last they went home with him. Lot prepared a feast for them, complete with fresh bread made without yeast, and they ate."

Genesis 19:3, CSB: "But he urged them so strongly that they followed him and went into his house. He prepared a feast and baked unleavened bread for them, and they ate."

What does Genesis 19:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After welcoming two strangers to Sodom, Lot had offered to let them stay in his home for the night before they traveled on the next morning. Not only was he demonstrating the warm hospitality of good people in his culture, he was also hoping to protect these two from the violent men of his town. As will become clear, two newcomers alone and unprotected at night were not safe in Sodom.

Lot likely still does not realize that these two are angels. He definitely does not know they've been sent from God to investigate—actually, to confirm—the wickedness of the city in preparation for God's judgment on it. Lot certainly knows that strangers sleeping out in the open in Sodom are in serious danger.

Lot won't take their initial "no" for an answer to his offer to stay with him. He "presses them strongly," implying that Lot begs, pleads, and argues to convince them to stay in his home instead. They eventually agree and, as Abraham had done for them in the previous chapter, Lot makes for them a feast. Unleavened bread was likely included because it could be made more quickly.

The question is sometimes asked: do angels in human form eat food? For the second time in the book of Genesis, we witness these angels eating, receiving the generous hospitality of both Abraham and Lot. Another frequent question is whether angels still appear on the earth in human form. The writer of Hebrews, in the New Testament, encourages Christians to continue to offer hospitality to strangers, remarking that by doing so some have entertained angels without ever knowing it (Hebrews 13:2).