Genesis 19:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:34, NIV: "The next day the older daughter said to the younger, 'Last night I slept with my father. Let's get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.'"

Genesis 19:34, ESV: "The next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine tonight also. Then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.”"

Genesis 19:34, KJV: "And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father."

Genesis 19:34, NASB: "On the following day, the firstborn said to the younger, 'Look, I slept last night with my father; let’s make him drink wine tonight too, then you go in and sleep with him, so that we may keep our family alive through our father.'"

Genesis 19:34, NLT: "The next morning the older daughter said to her younger sister, 'I had sex with our father last night. Let's get him drunk with wine again tonight, and you go in and have sex with him. That way we will preserve our family line through our father.'"

Genesis 19:34, CSB: "The next day the firstborn said to the younger, "Look, I slept with my father last night. Let's get him to drink wine again tonight so you can go sleep with him and we can preserve our father's line.""

What does Genesis 19:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Lot's daughters are reeling from the loss of their home, mother, and prospective husbands during the annihilation of Sodom. Apparently, they have no sense of trust in God, or His provision for their future. Instead, they seem convinced they no longer have any hope of marriage or children. This faithlessness is not unexpected, since Lot chose to plant his family deeply in the midst of a godless, depraved Sodomite culture.

The plan these women devise to fix their predicament is also reflective of the culture in which they were raised. Earlier, men of the city demanded two strangers be sent out of Lot's home in order to be raped (Genesis 19:5). Recently, Lot's daughters have plotted to conceive children by sexually violating their father—getting him drunk to the point of stupor and then having sex with him.

Lot's oldest daughter has already been successful in her attempt. Since her scheme worked on the previous night, she encourages her younger sister to take advantage of their father, as well.