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Genesis 19:4

    Genesis 19:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both young and old, all the people from every quarter;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But before they had gone to bed, the men of the town, all the men of Sodom, came round the house, young and old, from every part of the town;

    Webster's Revision

    But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both young and old, all the people from every quarter;

    World English Bible

    But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both young and old, all the people from every quarter;

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 19:4

    The wicked violence of the citizens displays itself. They compass the house, and demand the men for the vilest ends. How familiar Lot had become with vice, when any necessity whatever could induce him to offer his daughters to the lust of these Sodomites! We may suppose it was spoken rashly, in the heat of the moment, and with the expectation that he would not be taken at his word. So it turned out. "Stand back." This seems to be a menace to frighten Lot out of the way of their perverse will. It is probable, indeed, that he and his family would not have been so long safe in this wicked place, had he not been the occasion of a great deliverance to the whole city when they were carried away by the four kings. The threat is followed by a taunt, when the sorely vexed host hesitated to give up the strangers. "He will needs be a judge." It is evident Lot had been in the habit of remonstrating with them. From threats and taunts they soon proceed to violence. His guests now interfere. They rescue Lot, and smite the rioters with blindness, or a wandering of the senses, so that they cannot find the door. This ebullition of the vilest passion seals the doom of the city.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 19:4

    19:4 Here were old and young all from every quarter - The old were not past it, and the young were soon come up to it. Either they had no magistrates to protect the peaceable, or their magistrates were themselves aiding and abetting.