Day 4

Day 4

Written on 11/13/2019


Genesis 19:21-21:4

21 He replied, “All right, I agree to what you have asked. I won’t overthrow the city of which you have spoken.

22 Hurry, and escape to that place, because I can’t do anything until you arrive there.” For this reason the city was named Tzo‘ar [small].

23 By the time Lot had come to Tzo‘ar, the sun had risen over the land. 

24 Then Adonai caused sulfur and fire to rain down upon S’dom and ‘Amora from Adonaiout of the sky. 

25 He overthrew those cities, the entire plain, all the inhabitants of the cities and everything growing in the ground. 

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a column of salt.

27 Avraham got up early in the morning, went to the place where he had stood before Adonai

28 and looked out toward S’dom and ‘Amora, scanning the entire plain. There before him the smoke was rising from the land like smoke from a furnace! 

29 But when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Avraham and sent Lot out, away from the destruction, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.

30 Lot went up from Tzo‘ar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, because he was afraid to stay in Tzo‘ar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. 

31 The firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there isn’t a man on earth to come in to us in the manner customary in the world. 

32 Come, let’s have our father drink wine; then we’ll sleep with him, and that way we’ll enable our father to have descendants.”

33 So they plied their father with wine that night, and the older one went in and slept with her father; he didn’t know when she lay down or when she got up. 

34 The following day, the older said to the younger, “Here, I slept last night with my father. Let’s make him drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him, and that way we’ll enable our father to have descendants.” 

35 They plied their father with wine that night also, and the younger one got up and slept with him, and he didn’t know when she lay down or when she got up. 

36 Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father.

37 The older one gave birth to a son and called him Mo’av; he is the ancestor of Mo’av to this day. 

38 The younger also gave birth to a son, and she called him Ben-‘Ammi; he is the ancestor of the people of ‘Amon to this day.

1 Avraham traveled from there toward the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. While living as an alien in G’rar, 

Avraham was saying of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister”; so Avimelekh king of G’rar sent and took Sarah. 

But God came to Avimelekh in a dream one night and said to him, “You are about to die because of the woman you have taken, since she is someone’s wife.” 

Now Avimelekh had not come near her; so he said, “Lord, will you kill even an upright nation? 

Didn’t he himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In doing this, my heart has been pure and my hands innocent.” 

God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in doing this, your heart has been pure; and I too have kept you from sinning against me. This is why I didn’t let you touch her. 

Therefore, return the man’s wife to him now. He is a prophet, and he will pray for you, so that you will live. But if you don’t return her, know that you will certainly die — you and all who belong to you.”

Avimelekh got up early in the morning, called all his servants and told them these things; and the men became very afraid. 

Then Avimelekh called Avraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you to cause you to bring on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done things to me that are just not done.” 

10 Avimelekh went on, asking Avraham, “Whatever could have caused you to do such a thing?” 

11 Avraham replied, “It was because I thought, ‘There could not possibly be any fear of God in this place, so they will kill me in order to get my wife.’ 

12 But she actually is also my sister, the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother, and so she became my wife. 

13 When God had me leave my father’s house, I told her, ‘Do me this favor: wherever we go, say about me, “He is my brother.”’”

14 Avimelekh took sheep, cattle, and male and female slaves, and gave them to Avraham; and he returned to him Sarah his wife. 

15 Then Avimelekh said, “Look, my country lies before you; live where you like.” 

16 To Sarah he said, “Here, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. That will allay the suspicions of everyone who is with you. Before everyone you are cleared.” 

17 Avraham prayed to God, and God healed Avimelekh and his wife and slave-girls, so that they could have children. 

18 For Adonai had made every woman in Avimelekh’s household infertile on account of Sarah Avraham’s wife.

1 Adonai remembered Sarah as he had said, and Adonai did for Sarah what he had promised. 

Sarah conceived and bore Avraham a son in his old age, at the very time God had said to him. 

Avraham called his son, born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Yitz’chak. 

Avraham circumcised his son Yitz’chak when he was eight days old, as God had ordered him to do.

 

Additional Readings:

Hebrews 11:13-19