Genesis 19:1-26 This is a very tragic story. The two messengers (angels) who were with Christ and Abraham get to the city of Sodom in the early evening. Lot is sitting in the gate and meets them. Lot insists that the pair come into his house for the night and to leave early (assuming before the city awakes). At Lot's house, before bedtime, all the men of Sodom (both young and old) surrounded the house. All the men yell out to Lot to bring out the men visitors so that they can engage in sex with them. Lot knows these men are from God and goes outside closing the door behind him and tell's the men not to do evil. Lot in desperation offers his two virgin daughters for the men to do with as they please. The men accuse Lot of being judgmental and say that they will now do worse to Lot. All the men of Sodom begin to crush Lot and try to break the door down. The two angels put out their hand, pulling Lot into the house and give blindness to the men (both young & old) at the door --- so that they tired themselves trying to find a way to get in (It appears that these Sodomites were so obsessed with homosexuality, that they wanted sex more then they cared that they were blind).
The two angels tell Lot to bring his entire family out of the city for God is allowing the angels to destroy it. Lot is told to get his wife, 2 sons-in-law, and 2 daughters and leave the city. Lot goes to get his sons-in-law to tell them to leave the city. Both the men think Lot is a fool and refuse (Their wives are still virgins and so they may have said other things as well, why they wanted to remain). Lot is grabbed and forced out of the Sodom by the angels and told to take his wife & 2 daughters and run to the mountains and not look back. Lot pleads for the little city of Zoar (close by) to be allowed to survive unharmed -- Lot doesn't think he can make it to the mountains in time. The Lord intervines and tells Lot that He will spare Zoar, to go for He will do nothing until Lot is safe. The other cities are not destroyed until Lot reaches Zoar at late evening. But Lot's wife dawdled and looked back and became encased as a pillar of salt. Brimstone rained down from the sky and destroyed all living things and consumed the cities except Zoar (a Little one) originally called Bela ---- for the sake of Lot.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
1 And two of the messengers come towards Sodom at even, and Lot is sitting at the gate of Sodom, and Lot seeth, and riseth to meet them, and boweth himself -- face to the earth,
2 and he saith, `Lo, I pray you, my lords, turn aside, I pray you, unto the house of your servant, and lodge, and wash your feet -- then ye have risen early and gone on your way;' and they say, `Nay, but in the broad place we do lodge.'
3 And he presseth on them greatly, and they turn aside unto him, and come in unto his house; and he maketh for them a banquet, and hath baked unleavened things; and they do eat.
4 Before they lie down, the men of the city -- men of Sodom -- have come round about against the house, from young even unto aged, all the people from the extremity;
5 and they call unto Lot and say to him, `Where [are] the men who have come in unto thee to-night? bring them out unto us, and we know them.'
6 And Lot goeth out unto them, to the opening, and the door hath shut behind him,
7 and saith, `Do not, I pray you, my brethren, do evil;
8 lo, I pray you, I have two daughters, who have not known any one; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do to them as [is] good in your eyes; only to these men do not anything, for therefore have they come in within the shadow of my roof.'
9 And they say, `Come nigh hither;' they say also, `This one hath come in to sojourn, and he certainly judgeth! now, we do evil to thee more than [to] them;' and they press against the man, against Lot greatly, and come nigh to break the door.
10 And the men put forth their hand, and bring in Lot unto them, into the house, and have shut the door;
11 and the men who [are] at the opening of the house they have smitten with blindness, from small even unto great, and they weary themselves to find the opening.
12 And the men say unto Lot, `Whom hast thou here still? son-in-law, thy sons also, and thy daughters, and all whom thou hast in the city, bring out from this place;
13 for we are destroying this place, for their cry hath been great [before] the face of Jehovah, and Jehovah doth send us to destroy it.'
14 And Lot goeth out, and speaketh unto his sons-in-law, those taking his daughters, and saith, `Rise, go out from this place, for Jehovah is destroying the city;' and he is as [one] mocking in the eyes of his sons-in-law.
15 And when the dawn hath ascended, then the messengers press upon Lot, saying, `Rise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters who are found present, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.'
16 And he lingereth, and the men lay hold on his hand, and on the hand of his wife, and on the hand of his two daughters, through the mercy of Jehovah unto him, and they bring him out, and cause him to rest without the city.
17 And it cometh to pass when he hath brought them out without, that he saith, `Escape for thy life; look not expectingly behind thee, nor stand thou in all the circuit; to the mountain escape, lest thou be consumed.'
18 And Lot saith unto them, `Not [so], I pray thee, my lord;
19 lo, I pray thee, thy servant hath found grace in thine eyes, and thou dost make great thy kindness which thou hast done with me by saving my life, and I am unable to escape to the mountain, lest the evil cleave [to] me, and I have died;
20 lo, I pray thee, this city [is] near to flee thither, and it [is] little; let me escape, I pray thee, thither, (is it not little?) and my soul doth live.'
21 And he saith unto him, `Lo, I have accepted thy face also for this thing, without overthrowing the city [for] which thou hast spoken;
22 haste, escape thither, for I am not able to do anything till thine entering thither;' therefore hath he calleth the name of the city Zoar.
23 The sun hath gone out on the earth, and Lot hath entered into Zoar,
24 and Jehovah hath rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah, from the heavens;
25 and He overthroweth these cities, and all the circuit, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which is shooting up from the ground.
26 And his wife looketh expectingly from behind him, and she is -- a pillar of salt!