Genesis 19:11
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English Standard Version
And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.

King James Bible
And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

American Standard Version
And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And them that were without, p they struck with blindness from the least to the greatest, so that they could not find the door.

English Revised Version
And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The messengers (angels) sent by Jehovah to Sodom, arrived there in the evening, when Lot, who was sitting at the gate, pressed them to pass the night in his house. The gate, generally an arched entrance with deep recesses and seats on either side, was a place of meeting in the ancient towns of the East, where the inhabitants assembled either for social intercourse or to transact public business (vid., Genesis 34:20; Deuteronomy 21:19; Deuteronomy 22:15, etc.). The two travellers, however (for such Lot supposed them to be, and only recognised them as angels when they had smitten the Sodomites miraculously with blindness), said that they would spend the night in the street - בּרחוב the broad open space within the gate - as they had been sent to inquire into the state of the town. But they yielded to Lot's entreaty to enter his house; for the deliverance of Lot, after having ascertained his state of mind, formed part of their commission, and entering into his house might only serve to manifest the sin of Sodom in all its heinousness. While Lot was entertaining his guests with the greatest hospitality, the people of Sodom gathered round his house, "both old and young, all people from every quarter" (of the town, as in Jeremiah 51:31), and demanded, with the basest violation of the sacred rite of hospitality and the most shameless proclamation of their sin (Isaiah 3:9), that the strangers should be brought out, that they might know them. ידע is applied, as in Judges 19:22, to the carnal sin of paederastia, a crime very prevalent among the Canaanites (Leviticus 18:22., Leviticus 20:23), and according to Romans 1:27, a curse of heathenism generally.

Genesis 19:11 Parallel Commentaries

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with blindness. The word sanverim, rendered 'blindness,' and which occurs only here, and in

2 Kings 6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray you, with blindness...

, is supposed to denote dazzlings, deceptions, or confusions of sight from excessive light; being derived by Schultens, who is followed by Parkhurst, from the Arabic sana, to pour forth, diffuse, and nor, light. Dr. Geddes, to the same purpose, thinks it is compounded of the Arabic sana, which signifies a flash, and or, light. The Targums, in both places where it occurs, render it by eruptions, or flashes of light, or as Mercer, in Robertson, explains the Chaldee word, irradiations.

2 Kings 6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray you, with blindness...

Acts 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is on you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season...

that they.

Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labor of the foolish wearies every one of them, because he knows not how to go to the city.

Isaiah 57:10 You are wearied in the greatness of your way; yet said you not, There is no hope: you have found the life of your hand...

Jeremiah 2:36 Why gad you about so much to change your way? you also shall be ashamed of Egypt, as you were ashamed of Assyria.

Cross References
Acts 13:11
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.

Genesis 19:12
Then the men said to Lot, "Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place.

Deuteronomy 28:28
The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind,

Deuteronomy 28:29
and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways. And you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you.

2 Kings 6:18
And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, "Please strike this people with blindness." So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.

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