Genesis 19:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:30, NIV: "Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave."

Genesis 19:30, ESV: "Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters."

Genesis 19:30, KJV: "And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters."

Genesis 19:30, NASB: "Now Lot went up from Zoar with his two daughters and stayed in the mountains, because he was afraid to stay in Zoar; and he stayed in a cave, he and his two daughters."

Genesis 19:30, NLT: "Afterward Lot left Zoar because he was afraid of the people there, and he went to live in a cave in the mountains with his two daughters."

Genesis 19:30, CSB: "Lot departed from Zoar and lived in the mountains along with his two daughters, because he was afraid to live in Zoar. Instead, he and his two daughters lived in a cave."

What does Genesis 19:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When the angels rescued Lot and his family from the destruction coming on Sodom and Gomorrah, they specifically told Lot to "escape to the hills, lest you be swept away" (Genesis 19:17). Lot said no. He begged, instead, for the angel to allow him to escape to the small city of Zoar. The angel agreed.

Now, however, Lot is afraid to live in Zoar. He has apparently lost everything in God's destruction of the region. All his flocks, herds, servants, slaves, and property are apparently gone. He may have felt exposed and unprotected in Zoar for some reason. He might have feared retaliation or abuse from those who lived in the city, now that he was a less-wealthy and less-powerful man. In any case, he takes his two daughters and runs to the hills, after all. They settle in a cave. It's unclear why Lot didn't run, instead, to the safety of his uncle Abraham's household.