Genesis 19:22
New International Version
But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.)

New Living Translation
But hurry! Escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.” (This explains why that village was known as Zoar, which means “little place.”)

English Standard Version
Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

Berean Study Bible
Hurry! Run there quickly, for I cannot do anything until you reach it.” That is why the town was called Zoar.

King James Bible
Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

New King James Version
Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

New American Standard Bible
Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the town was named Zoar.

NASB 1995
“Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar.

NASB 1977
“Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar.

Amplified Bible
Hurry and take refuge there, for I cannot do anything [to punish Sodom] until you arrive there.” For this reason the town was named Zoar (few, small).

Christian Standard Bible
Hurry up! Run to it, for I cannot do anything until you get there.” Therefore the name of the city is Zoar.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hurry up! Run there, for I cannot do anything until you get there.” Therefore the name of the city is Zoar.

American Standard Version
Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Escape there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you enter there”; because of this, he called the name of the city, Tsaar.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Hasten therefore to escape thither, for I shall not be able to do anything until thou art come thither; therefore he called the name of that city, Segor.

Contemporary English Version
Hurry! Run! I can't do anything until you are safely there." The town was later called Zoar because Lot had said it was small.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Make haste and be saved there, because I cannot do any thing till thou go in thither. Therefore the name of that city was called Segor.

English Revised Version
Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

Good News Translation
Hurry! Run! I can't do anything until you get there." Because Lot called it small, the town was named Zoar.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Run there quickly, because I can't do anything until you get there." (The city is named Zoar [Small].)

International Standard Version
Hurry up and flee there, because I cannot do anything until you get to that town." Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hasten thou, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither.'--Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.--

Literal Standard Version
hurry, escape there, for I am not able to do anything until your entering there”; therefore he calls the name of the city Zoar.

NET Bible
Run there quickly, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there." (This incident explains why the town was called Zoar.)

New Heart English Bible
Hurry, escape there, for I can't do anything until you get there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

World English Bible
Hurry, escape there, for I can't do anything until you get there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

Young's Literal Translation
haste, escape thither, for I am not able to do anything till thine entering thither;' therefore hath he calleth the name of the city Zoar.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Lot Flees to Zoar
21“Very well,” he answered, “I will grant this request as well, and will not demolish the town you indicate. 22Hurry! Run there quickly, for I cannot do anything until you reach it.” That is why the town was called Zoar. 23And by the time the sun had risen over the land, Lot had reached Zoar.…

Cross References
Genesis 13:10
And Lot looked out and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan, all the way to Zoar, was well watered like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)

Genesis 14:2
went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).

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

Genesis 19:23
And by the time the sun had risen over the land, Lot had reached Zoar.


Treasury of Scripture

Haste you, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till you be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

for.

Genesis 32:25-28
And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him…

Exodus 32:10
Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

Deuteronomy 9:14
Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.

called.

Genesis 13:10
And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

Genesis 14:2
That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

Isaiah 15:5
My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.

Zoar.

Genesis 19:20
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.









(22) Zoar.--This town is identified by Dr. Tristram (Land of Moab, p. 330) with Zi'ara, at the northern end of the Dead Sea. It is described as lying upon the borders of the Moabite territory, in Isaiah 15:5; Jeremiah 48:34. Eusebius says that a Roman garrison was posted there, but he probably accepted the current tradition which placed the five cities at the southern extremity of the lake.

Verse 22. - Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. I.e. "The Little;" obviously from Lot's remark concerning it (Ver. 20); Σηγώρ (LXX.). The original name of the city was Bela (Genesis 14:2, q.v.). It has been sought for in the Wady Zuweirah, a pass leading down from Hebron to the Dead Sea, on the west side of the lake (De Sancey); in the Ghor-el-Mezraa, i.e. upon the southern peninsula, Which projects a long way into the Dead Sea (Robinson); and in the Ghor-el-Szaphia, at the south-eastern end of the see, at the opening of the Wady-el-Raumer (Keil); but has now been identified with Zi'ara, at the northern extremity of the lake (Tristram, 'Land of Moab,' p. 330; vide infra, Ver. 28, on the site of cities of the plain).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Hurry!
מַהֵר֙ (ma·hêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 4116: To be liquid, flow easily, to hurry, promptly

Run
הִמָּלֵ֣ט (him·mā·lêṭ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 4422: To be smooth, to escape, to release, rescue, to bring forth young, emit sparks

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

for
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I cannot
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

do
לַעֲשׂ֣וֹת (la·‘ă·śō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 6213: To do, make

anything
דָּבָ֔ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

until
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

you reach
בֹּאֲךָ֖ (bō·’ă·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

it.”
שָׁ֑מָּה (šām·māh)
Adverb | third person feminine singular
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

That is why
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

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

was called
קָרָ֥א (qā·rā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7121: To call, proclaim, read

Zoar.
צֽוֹעַר׃ (ṣō·w·‘ar)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 6820: Zoar -- 'insignificance', a city at the southeastern end of the Dead Sea


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