Genesis 19:38 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 19:38, NIV: "The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today."

Genesis 19:38, ESV: "The younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-ammi. He is the father of the Ammonites to this day."

Genesis 19:38, KJV: "And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day."

Genesis 19:38, NASB: "As for the younger, she also gave birth to a son, and named him Ben-ammi; he is the father of the sons of Ammon to this day."

Genesis 19:38, NLT: "When the younger daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Ben-ammi. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Ammonites."

Genesis 19:38, CSB: "The younger also gave birth to a son, and she named him Ben-ammi. He is the father of the Ammonites of today."

What does Genesis 19:38 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed, two angels rescued Lot and his grown, virgin daughters. After losing their mother, prospective husbands, and homeland, these women sheltered in a cave with their father. Reflecting a lack of spiritual guidance from their father, Lot's daughters assume they will never be able to find husbands and have children. Echoing the heinous immorality of their home culture, the women scheme to conceive children by their own father, plying him with alcohol until he literally has no idea what is occurring (Genesis 19:33, 36).

Lot's two daughters had sex with their father on consecutive nights. Both become pregnant. The older daughter's son is named Moab, the patriarch of the Moabites, who become enemies of Israel.

The son of the younger daughter was called Ben-ammi, a name meaning "son of my people". He eventually becomes the father of the Ammonite people. Like the Moabites, the Ammonites would later become enemies of Israel.