27 April 2015

Genesis 19: 1-13

[1] And the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of the city. And seeing them, he rose up and went to meet them: and worshipped prostrate to the ground, [2] And said: I beseech you, my lords, turn in to the house of your servant, and lodge there: wash your feet, and in the morning you shall go on your way. And they said: No, but we will abide in the street. [3] He pressed them very much to turn in unto him: and when they were come into his house, he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread and they ate: [4] But before they went to bed, the men of the city beset the house both young and old, all the people together. [5] And they called Lot, and said to him: Where are the men that came in to thee at night? bring them out hither that we may know them:

[6] Lot went out to them, and shut the door after him, and said: [7] Do not so, I beseech you, my brethren, do not commit this evil. [8] I have two daughters who as yet have not known man: I will bring them out to you, and abuse you them as it shall please you, so that you do no evil to these men, because they are come in under the shadow of my roof. [9] But they said: Get thee back thither. And again: Thou camest in, said they, as a, stranger, was it to be a judge? therefore we will afflict thee more than them. And they pressed very violently upon Lot: and they were even at the point of breaking open the doors. [10] And behold the men put out their hand, and drew in Lot unto them, and shut the door:

[11] And them that were without, they struck with blindness from the least to the greatest, so that they could not find the door. [12] And they said to Lot: Hast thou here any of thine? son in law, or sons, or daughters, all that are thine bring them out of this city: [13] For we will destroy this place, because their cry is grown loud before the Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them.


Anonymous said...

While I realize this is not the point of the posting, I am very curious about something that has troubled me with this chapter of Genesis for a long time: Has the Church ever offered whether, and for what reason, it was acceptable for Lot to offer his daughters in place of the guests? That seems a pretty shocking solution to the situation.

Bryan Kirchoff
St. Louis

Jane Chantal said...

Fwiw, the Catholic Encyclopedia says "Lot interceded in behalf of his guests in accordance with his duties as host, which are most sacred in the East, but made the mistake of placing them above his duties as a father by offering his two daughters to the wicked designs of the Sodomites."

I imagine that the Church's pov is that, like some other Old Testament accounts that are difficult to read, Lot's actions, while wrong, must be viewed as part of the record.

thetimman said...

My brother and I were kicking that very question around when I posted this. I don't think the concept of offering one's daughters for rape was being legitimized here, but I also recall that polygamy was allowed as a concession in the time of the patriarchs in order to populate the world. Perhaps this is offered here to show just how uninterested in females these men really were. Maybe Lot knew that this offer would be declined?

I can only assume he didn't ask his daughters.

thetimman said...

And there's this attempt: