Lot and His Daughters
30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
37 And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Today’s reading is the story of Lot and his two daughters after they escaped the destruction of the evil city of Sodom.
Lot was afraid to stay in Zoar. (Did he think the citizens might be suspicious because only his family had escaped Sodom?)
For whatever reason, Lot took his daughters and went up into the mountains. His daughters had no husbands and were alone with their aging father. Because they wanted to preserve the family line, they devised a plan to get Lot drunk on wine. Then one night the older daughter went to his bed and the next night the younger did the same.
Abraham, being drunk, was not aware that his daughters entered his bed or what took place there. Both daughters became pregnant by their father. Moab was the son of the elder and Ben-Ammi was the son of the younger.
The two daughters were able to continue their family line by their trickery.
This seems unbelievable to me in today’s world, but the world of that time was very different as shown in this and many other bible stories.
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