Genesis 19:20
New International Version
Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it--it is very small, isn't it? Then my life will be spared."

New Living Translation
See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; don’t you see how small it is? Then my life will be saved.”

English Standard Version
Behold, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there—is it not a little one?—and my life will be saved!”

Berean Study Bible
Look, there is a town nearby where I can flee, and it is a small place. Please let me flee there—is it not a small place? Then my life will be saved.”

King James Bible
Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

New King James Version
See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”

New American Standard Bible
now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) so that my life may be saved.”

NASB 1995
now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) that my life may be saved."

NASB 1977
now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) that my life may be saved.”

Amplified Bible
Now look, this town [in the distance] is near enough for us to flee to, and it is small [with only a few people]. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) so that my life will be saved.”

Christian Standard Bible
Look, this town is close enough for me to flee to. It is a small place. Please let me run to it—it’s only a small place, isn’t it?—so that I can survive.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look, this town is close enough for me to run to. It is a small place. Please let me go there--it's only a small place, isn't it?--so that I can survive."

American Standard Version
behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one. Oh let me escape thither (is it not a little one?), and my soul shall live.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold this city is near to flee there and it is small. I may escape there; behold it is small, and my soul will live.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Behold this city is near for me to escape thither, which is a small one, and there shall I be preserved, is it not little? and my soul shall live because of thee.

Contemporary English Version
There's a town near here. It's only a small place, but my family and I will be safe, if you let us go there."

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is this city here at hand, to which I may flee, it is a little one, and I shall be saved in it: is it not a little one, and my soul shall live?

English Revised Version
behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

Good News Translation
Do you see that little town? It is near enough. Let me go over there--you can see it is just a small place--and I will be safe."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look, there's a city near enough to flee to, and it's small. Why don't you let me run there? Isn't it small? Then my life will be saved."

International Standard Version
Look, there is a town nearby where I can flee, and it's a small one. Let me escape there! It's a small one, isn't it? That way I'll stay alive!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one; oh, let me escape thither--is it not a little one?--and my soul shall live.'

Literal Standard Version
now behold, this city [is] near to flee there, and it [is] little; please let me escape there (is it not little?) that my soul may live.”

NET Bible
Look, this town over here is close enough to escape to, and it's just a little one. Let me go there. It's just a little place, isn't it? Then I'll survive."

New Heart English Bible
See now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there--isn't it a little one?--and my life will be saved."

World English Bible
See now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Oh let me escape there (isn't it a little one?), and my soul will live."

Young's Literal Translation
lo, I pray thee, this city is near to flee thither, and it is little; let me escape, I pray thee, thither, (is it not little?) and my soul doth live.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Lot Flees to Zoar
19Your servant has indeed found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness by sparing my life. But I cannot run to the mountains; the disaster will overtake me, and I will die. 20Look, there is a town nearby where I can flee, and it is a small place. Please let me flee there— is it not a small place? Then my life will be saved.” 21“Very well,” he answered, “I will grant this request as well, and will not demolish the town you indicate.…

Cross References
Genesis 19:19
Your servant has indeed found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness by sparing my life. But I cannot run to the mountains; the disaster will overtake me, and I will die.

Genesis 19:21
"Very well," he answered, "I will grant this request as well, and will not demolish the town you indicate.

Jeremiah 38:20
"They will not hand you over," Jeremiah replied. "Obey the voice of the LORD in what I am telling you, that it may go well with you and you may live.


Treasury of Scripture

Behold now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

this.

Genesis 19:30
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.

Proverbs 3:5-7
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding…

Amos 3:6
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

and my.

Genesis 12:13
Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

Psalm 119:175
Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.

Isaiah 55:3
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.









Verse 20. - Behold now, this city is near to flee unto (literally, thither), and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. Lot's meaning was that since Zoar was the smallest of the cities of the Pentapolis, it would not be a great demand on God's mercy to spare it, and it would save him from further exertions for his safety. A singular display of moral obtuseness and indolent selfishness on the part of Lot.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Look,
הִנֵּה־ (hin·nêh-)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

this
הַזֹּ֧את (haz·zōṯ)
Article | Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

town
הָעִ֨יר (hā·‘îr)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

[is] near
קְרֹבָ֛ה (qə·rō·ḇāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7138: Near

enough for me flee to it,
לָנ֥וּס (lā·nūs)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5127: To flit, vanish away

and it
וְהִ֣יא (wə·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

is a small place.
מִצְעָ֑ר (miṣ·‘ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4705: Petty, a short

Please
נָ֠א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

let me flee
אִמָּלְטָ֨ה (’im·mā·lə·ṭāh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 4422: To be smooth, to escape, to release, rescue, to bring forth young, emit sparks

there—
שָׁ֖מָּה (šām·māh)
Adverb | third person feminine singular
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

is it
הִ֖וא (hî)
Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

not
הֲלֹ֥א (hă·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

a small place?
מִצְעָ֛ר (miṣ·‘ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4705: Petty, a short

Then my life
נַפְשִֽׁי׃ (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

will be saved.”
וּתְחִ֥י (ū·ṯə·ḥî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2421: To live, to revive


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