Genesis 19-21 Bible in Basic English

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The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

19 1  And at nightfall the two angels came to Sodom; and Lot was seated at the way into the town: and when he saw them he got up and came before them, falling down on his face to the earth. 2  And he said, My masters, come now into your servant's house and take your rest there for the night, and let your feet be washed; and early in the morning you may go on your way. And they said, Not so, but we will take our night's rest in the street. 3  But he made his request more strongly, so they went with him into his house; and he got food ready for them, and made unleavened bread, of which they took.

4  But before they had gone to bed, the men of the town, all the men of Sodom, came round the house, young and old, from every part of the town; 5  And crying out to Lot, they said, Where are the men who came to your house this night? Send them out to us, so that we may take our pleasure with them. 6  And Lot went out to them in the doorway, shutting the door after him. 7  And he said, My brothers, do not this evil. 8  See now, I have two unmarried daughters; I will send them out to you so that you may do to them whatever seems good to you: only do nothing to these men, for this is why they have come under the shade of my roof. 9  And they said, Give way there. This one man, they said, came here from a strange country, and will he now be our judge? now we will do worse to you than to them; and pushing violently against Lot, they came near to get the door broken in. 10  But the men put out their hands and took Lot into the house to them, shutting the door again. 11  But the men who were outside the door they made blind, all of them, small and great, so that they were tired out with looking for the door.

12  Then the men said to Lot, Are there any others of your family here? sons-in-law or sons or daughters, take them all out of this place; 13  For we are about to send destruction on this place, because a great outcry against them has come to the ears of the Lord; and the Lord has sent us to put an end to the town. 14  And Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were married to his daughters, Come, let us go out of this place, for the Lord is about to send destruction on the town. But his sons-in-law did not take him seriously.

15  And when morning came, the angels did all in their power to make Lot go, saying, Get up quickly and take your wife and your two daughters who are here, and go, for fear that you come to destruction in the punishment of the town. 16  But while he was waiting, the men took him and his wife and his daughters by the hand, for the Lord had mercy on them, and put them outside the town. 17  And when they had put them out, he said, Go for your life, without looking back or waiting in the lowland; go quickly to the mountain or you will come to destruction. 18  And Lot said to them, Not so, O my Lord; 19  See now, your servant has had grace in your eyes and great is your mercy in keeping my life from destruction, but I am not able to get as far as the mountain before evil overtakes me and death; 20  This town, now, is near, and it is a little one: O, let me go there (is it not a little one?) so that my life may be safe. 21  And he said, See, I have given you your request in this one thing more: I will not send destruction on this town. 22  Go there quickly, for I am not able to do anything till you have come there. For this reason, the town was named Zoar. 23  The sun was up when Lot came to Zoar.

24  Then the Lord sent fire and flaming smoke raining down from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah. 25  And he sent destruction on those towns, with all the lowland and all the people of those towns and every green thing in the land.

26  But Lot's wife, looking back, became a pillar of salt.

27  And Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had been talking with the Lord: 28  And looking in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the lowland, he saw the smoke of the land going up like the smoke of an oven. 29  So it came about that when God sent destruction on the towns of the lowland, he kept his word to Abraham, and sent Lot safely away when he put an end to the towns where he was living.

30  Then Lot went up out of Zoar to the mountain, and was living there with his two daughters, for fear kept him from living in Zoar: and he and his daughters made their living-place in a hole in the rock. 31  And the older daughter said to her sister, Our father is old, and there is no man to be a husband to us in the natural way: 32  Come, let us give our father much wine, and we will go into his bed, so that we may have offspring by our father, 33  And that night they made their father take much wine; and the older daughter went into his bed; and he had no knowledge of when she went in or when she went away. 34  And on the day after, the older daughter said to the younger, Last night I was with my father; let us make him take much wine this night again, and do you go to him, so that we may have offspring by our father. 35  And that night again they made their father take much wine; and the younger daughter went into his bed; and he had no knowledge of when she went in or when she went away. 36  And so the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father. 37  And the older daughter had a son, and she gave him the name Moab: he is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38  And the younger had a son and gave him the name Ben-ammi: from him come the children of Ammon to this day.

Abraham and Abimelech

20 1  And Abraham went on his way from there to the land of the South, and was living between Kadesh and Shur, in Gerar. 2  And Abraham said of Sarah, his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah.

3  But God came to Abimelech in a dream in the night, and said to him, Truly you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife. 4  Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you put to death an upright nation? 5  Did he not say to me himself, She is my sister? and she herself said, He is my brother: with an upright heart and clean hands have I done this. 6  And God said to him in the dream, I see that you have done this with an upright heart, and I have kept you from sinning against me: for this reason I did not let you come near her. 7  So now, give the man back his wife, for he is a prophet, and let him say a prayer for you, so your life may be safe: but if you do not give her back, be certain that death will come to you and all your house.

8  So Abimelech got up early in the morning and sent for all his servants and gave them word of these things, and they were full of fear. 9  Then Abimelech sent for Abraham, and said, What have you done to us? what wrong have I done you that you have put on me and on my kingdom so great a sin? You have done to me things which are not to be done. 10  And Abimelech said to Abraham, Why did you do this thing? 11  And Abraham said, Because it seemed to me that there was no fear of God in this place, and that they might put me to death because of my wife. 12  And, in fact, she is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife: 13  And when God sent me wandering from my father's house, I said to her, Let this be the sign of your love for me; wherever we go, say of me, He is my brother.

14  Then Abimelech gave to Abraham sheep and oxen and men-servants and women-servants, and gave him back his wife Sarah. 15  And Abimelech said, See, all my land is before you; take whatever place seems good to you. 16  And he said to Sarah, See, I have given to your brother a thousand bits of silver so that your wrong may be put right; now your honour is clear in the eyes of all. 17  Then Abraham made prayer to God, and God made Abimelech well again, and his wife and his women-servants, so that they had children. 18  For the Lord had kept all the women of the house of Abimelech from having children, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

The Birth of Isaac

21 1  And the Lord came to Sarah as he had said and did to her as he had undertaken. 2  And Sarah became with child, and gave Abraham a son when he was old, at the time named by God. 3  And Abraham gave to his son, to whom Sarah had given birth, the name Isaac. 4  And when his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham made him undergo circumcision, as God had said to him. 5  Now Abraham was a hundred years old when the birth of Isaac took place. 6  And Sarah said, God has given me cause for laughing, and everyone who has news of it will be laughing with me. 7  And she said, Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would have a child at her breast? for see, I have given him a son now when he is old.

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

8  And when the child was old enough to be taken from the breast, Abraham made a great feast.

9  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian playing with Isaac. 10  So she said to Abraham, Send away that woman and her son: for the son of that woman is not to have a part in the heritage with my son Isaac. 11  And this was a great grief to Abraham because of his son. 12  But God said, Let it not be a grief to you because of the boy and Hagar his mother; give ear to whatever Sarah says to you, because it is from Isaac that your seed will take its name. 13  And I will make a nation of the son of your servant-woman, because he is your seed.

14  And early in the morning Abraham got up, and gave Hagar some bread and a water-skin, and put the boy on her back, and sent her away: and she went, wandering in the waste land of Beer-sheba. 15  And when all the water in the skin was used up, she put the child down under a tree. 16  And she went some distance away, about an arrow flight, and seating herself on the earth, she gave way to bitter weeping, saying, Let me not see the death of my child. 17  And the boy's cry came to the ears of God; and the angel of God said to Hagar from heaven, Hagar, why are you weeping? have no fear, for the child's cry has come to the ears of God. 18  Come, take your child in your arms, for I will make of him a great nation. 19  Then God made her eyes open, and she saw a water-spring, and she got water in the skin and gave the boy a drink. 20  And God was with the boy, and he became tall and strong, and he became a bowman, living in the waste land. 21  And while he was in the waste land of Paran, his mother got him a wife from the land of Egypt.

The Covenant between Abraham and Abimelech

22  Now at that time, Abimelech and Phicol, the captain of his army, said to Abraham, I see that God is with you in all you do. 23  Now, then, give me your oath, in the name of God, that you will not be false to me or to my sons after me, but that as I have been good to you, so you will be to me and to this land where you have been living. 24  And Abraham said, I will give you my oath. 25  But Abraham made a protest to Abimelech because of a water-hole which Abimelech's servants had taken by force. 26  But Abimelech said, I have no idea who has done this thing; you never gave me word of it, and I had no knowledge of it till this day. 27  And Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made an agreement together. 28  And Abraham put seven young lambs of the flock on one side by themselves. 29  Then Abimelech said, What are these seven lambs which you have put on one side? 30  And he said, Take these seven lambs from me as a witness that I have made this water-hole. 31  So he gave that place the name Beer-sheba, because there the two of them had given their oaths. 32  So they made an agreement at Beer-sheba, and Abimelech and Phicol, the captain of his army, went back to the land of the Philistines.

33  And Abraham, after planting a holy tree in Beer-sheba, gave worship to the name of the Lord, the Eternal God. 34  And Abraham went on living in the land of the Philistines as in a strange country.

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