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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 19:15-23

1. With what a gracious violence Lot was brought out of Sodom, Gen. 19:16. It seems, though he did not make a jest of the warning given, as his sons-in-law did, yet he lingered, he trifled, he did not make so much haste as the case required. Thus many that are under some convictions about the misery of their spiritual state, and the necessity of a change, yet defer that needful work, and foolishly linger. Lot did so, and it might have been fatal to him it the angels had not laid hold of his... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 19:23

And the sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Which is observed partly to point at the time of his entrance into the city, and of the burning of Sodom, which began at the same time; and partly to show what a fine morning it was, and what little appearance there was of such a tempest rising as quickly did; so that the inhabitants of Sodom, who were up so early, little thought of so sudden a catastrophe, and those that were in their beds were at once surprised with it: it... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 19:23

The sun was risen upon the earth —literally, the sun went forth, i.e. it was now above the horizon. Lot had left Sodom with the first streak of dawn; but, having lingered, it was clear morning— when Lot entered into Zoar —or "went towards Zoar," i.e. when the angel left him (Keil). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 19:23-25

The righteousness of God revealed. The judgment of God upon Sodom and the cities of the plain. The deliverance of Lot. The reception of the two angels by Lot was a great contrast to that of the three by Abraham. The scene of the Divine judgment is suggestive. The plain of the Jordan was well watered, attracted Lot by its beauty and promise. Early civilization gathered about such spots, but civilization without religion is a blasting influence. There are hidden fountains of judgment ready... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 19:1-38

- The Destruction of Sodom and Amorah9. גשׁ־<הלאה gesh-hāl'âh, “approach to a distant point,” stand back.11. סנורים sanevērı̂ym, “blindness,” affecting the mental more than the ocular vision.37. מואב mô'āb, Moab; מאב mē'āb, “from a father.” בן־עמי ben-‛amı̂y, Ben-‘ammi, “son of my people.” עמון ‛amôn, ‘Ammon, “of the people.”This chapter is the continuation and conclusion of the former. It records a part of God’s strange work - strange, because it consists in punishment, and because... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 19:1-38

Sodom and Gomorrah (19:1-38)Meanwhile the two messengers arrived in Sodom. Lot, knowing the danger that strangers faced in the streets of Sodom at night, welcomed them into his house (19:1-3). Although Lot did not agree with the immoral practices of Sodom (2 Peter 2:7-8), he apparently did not have the courage to oppose them. He was even prepared to allow the sexual perverts of the city to rape his daughters, in order to protect his two guests from homosexual assault. In a blinding judgment,... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 19:23-25

"The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot came unto Zoar. Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground."We shall spare the reader any description of just how God did this. We do not know, nor does anyone else! Many plausible theories are available, explaining how a great earthquake, releasing vast quantities of natural... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 19:23-26

Probably the burning sodium sulfate that was raining down covered Lot’s wife as she lingered behind (Genesis 19:26). [Note: Kidner, p. 135. See Deborah Aufenson-Vance, "Lot’s Wife Remembers," Adventist Review 163:8 (Feb. 20, 1986), p. 5.] "The heaven’s rain cannot be explained solely as a natural phenomenon, such as earthquake; it was exceptional, never again repeated, providing the parade illustration of the fiery eschatological judgment against the wicked (e.g., 2 Peter 2:6-9). The twin... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 19:1-38

The Destruction of the Cities of the Plain1. The visit of the two angels (who are ’the men’ of Genesis 18) may be regarded as the final test of Sodom. If they were hospitably received and honourably treated they might still be spared.In the gate] The entrance gate of walled Eastern cities is a great place of resort. In front of it the market was held and justice administered. See Ruth 4; 2 Samuel 15:2; Amos 5:10-15; Job 31:21; Deuteronomy 21:19; Jeremiah 38:7.2. We will abide in the street all... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Genesis 19:23

(23) The sun was risen.—As Lot started at dawn, he had thus had about an hour for his flight. read more

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