23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land.

Other Translations of Genesis 19:23

King James Version

23 The sun was risen risen: Heb. gone forth upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

English Standard Version

23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.

The Message

23 The sun was high in the sky when Lot arrived at Zoar.

New King James Version

23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar.

New Living Translation

23 Lot reached the village just as the sun was rising over the horizon.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 19:23

Commentary on Genesis 19:1-29

(Read Genesis 19:1-29)

Lot was good, but there was not one more of the same character in the city. All the people of Sodom were very wicked and vile. Care was therefore taken for saving Lot and his family. Lot lingered; he trifled. Thus many who are under convictions about their spiritual state, and the necessity of a change, defer that needful work. The salvation of the most righteous men is of God's mercy, not by their own merit. We are saved by grace. God's power also must be acknowledged in bringing souls out of a sinful state If God had not been merciful to us, our lingering had been our ruin. Lot must flee for his life. He must not hanker after Sodom. Such commands as these are given to those who, through grace, are delivered out of a sinful state and condition. Return not to sin and Satan. Rest not in self and the world. Reach toward Christ and heaven, for that is escaping to the mountain, short of which we must not stop. Concerning this destruction, observe that it is a revelation of the wrath of God against sin and sinners of all ages. Let us learn from hence the evil of sin, and its hurtful nature; it leads to ruin.