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Hello from Minkyweasel

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I just want to say hello to my readers who this month, so far, are living in these countries…………..

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United States

Oh yes! And the UK!

This year I started to note down each month the countries where my readers come from. You cam see the list for each month on the visitors page above.

Thank you all for your support

Shirley Anne

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Information for my readers

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Over the past week or so I, together with many others who use the WordPress platform have been experiencing difficulties with our blogs in various areas such as previewing our own posts unless they are published, not being able to see our front pages after we log in unless it is the sign-in page and some have not even been able to log in at all. I also hear of folk not being able to comment on my posts but that seems to be as random as the other issues. I am presently sharing my thoughts on a forum with other folk from around the world who are experiencing these and other difficulties. Fortunately I am able to run this site as usual for I still have access to my dashboard. I am led to believe that WordPress staff are investigating this anomaly. I am sorry if my readers are experiencing difficulties in posting comments, it is totally out of my hands. If you wish to make a genuine contribution you can always email me at the address shown and I will transfer genuine comments to the relevant post.

Email minkyweasel@gmail.com

Shirley Anne

It’s too easy

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The counties of England

The counties of England 

E does a lot of competitions and she is always winning something so it is no surprise to me when she occasionally asks out-of-the-ordinary questions. At the dinner table a few days ago she asked such a question but this time it had nothing to do with her competitions, it was something to do with a television program which was to start thirty minutes later. The program itself was one of those reality shows where people, usually a couple, are escorted to and shown around three houses with the prospect of perhaps buying one if it meets with their requirements. The question E put to me was this, ‘Which county in the UK is bordered by seven others’? I didn’t know the answer but took a guess at one which is in the Midlands, an obvious choice but nevertheless I got the answer wrong. I was now curious to know what the answer might be so i went to look for the map book I know we have somewhere in the bookshelves. Sadly I couldn’t quickly locate it so I picked up my tablet pc and browsed on-line for a map of England which showed all the counties and there was the answer, Warwickshire. It is evidently the only county in England which is bordered by seven others. This was where the television program was recorded for this particular episode. Afterwards I thought to myself how easy it is to get information about anything these days. My poor efforts in trying to locate a map book, though I know we possess one, were greatly surpassed by the speed of searching via The Internet. Books are becoming more and more obsolete as time passes, much to my horror I might add for I love sitting with a book and losing myself in its pages. I seldom do that now. I suppose there will always be books for reference purposes because storage of information electronically can be unreliable. I do hope that there will always be a place for books.

Shirley Anne

Nice surprise……

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I had a bit of good news today. I have spent most of the day in our family/dining/kitchen room and didn’t use my laptop which is in the front lounge until later, I used my tablet instead. Checking the mail I received a message from the Lottery saying my ticket had won something. I didn’t go to the site there and then but left it until later when I went on the laptop. I have won many times on the Lottery, usually a couple of pounds or so with the best one netting £65. When I signed in I found that I had won £1053 for 5 correct balls!

Shirley Anne

Akismet….. for the record

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no spam!

No spam!

Akismet is the program on WordPress which seeks out spam before it gets to the comments folder. Once a genuine comment arrives, on my site at least, it awaits moderation by myself unless the author has previously submitted a comment which was subsequently allowed; in other words first-time comments are vetted. I am often intrigued by the spam blocker and how it determines which comments are spam and which are genuine comments. Below is a list of the past six month’s activity for all the geeks amongst us……..

14,443 total spam……………………………self-explanatory

415      total ham……………………………..genuine comments

7          missed spam………………………..self explanatory

2          false positives………………………genuine comments incorrectly marked as spam

99.94% accuracy rate…………………….self explanatory

With this sort of accuracy and the added safety net of self-moderation this site is well protected from nuisance comments. Incidentally the false positives are usually placed in the spam folder so they can be assessed before the spam is deleted. It pays therefore to glance through the spam folder before deleting it. After thirty days everything in the spam folder is automatically deleted and missed false positives will go down the pan too if not rescued beforehand. Personally I check the spam folder regularly and then manually empty it. Just a habit I got into.

Shirley Anne

Last Months Visitors

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Igazu falls - Brazil

Igazu falls – Brazil (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

December’s visitors were from…

United States, Canada, Bulgaria, Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Iceland, Spain, Guernsey, Denmark, Ireland, India, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Indonesia, South Africa, Greece, Nigeria, Moldova, Pakistan, New Zealand, France, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Poland, Russian Federation, Isle of Man, Panama, Belgium, Singapore, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Brazil, Ghana, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Germany, Israel, Ukraine, Columbia, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Kenya, Portugal, Latvia, Japan, Croatia, 56

November’s visitors to this blog

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Moldova-1

Moldova-1 (Photo credit: didkovskaya)

Outside of the UK November’s visitors were from…

United States, Germany, Spain, Nigeria, Ireland, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Serbia, Canada, Palestine, Indonesia, Belgium, Austria, Argentina, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Sweden, France, Portugal, South Africa, Bahamas, Finland, Netherlands, India, Japan, Italy, Moldova, Chile, Viet Nam, Russian Federation, Poland, Greece, Benin, Venezuela, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Brazil, Ghana, Cyprus, Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, 50

Thank you all

Shirley Anne

I could scream

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Scream and Scream Again

Scream and Scream Again (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know about you but I have always been the sort of person who, if I am in need of a service that someone provides I make enquiries accordingly. If I am out shopping I like to browse before I make any decision to buy. So my feathers become somewhat ruffled if I am approached without my asking. I am sick and tired of hearing the phrase ‘You could be eligible for reimbursement from a miss-sold PPI (payment protection insurance)’, more especially as I have never taken one out! My mobile phone constantly receives messages from companies willing to get me any compensation that is due to me. If I reply with a ‘STOP’ it makes no difference, the next company along the line makes the same claim and I get another message. The problem is that there are hundreds of these companies all seeking a piece of the action and no doubt I will still be receiving unwanted and unmerited messages for the next ten years! I could scream!
I hate it when out shopping I get pestered by pushy sales persons who ask ‘Can I be of assistance’? ‘Well no you can’t, I just want to see what is on offer all by myself thank you very much’, is what I am thinking but have to reply with a ‘No thank you, I am just browsing’. They may be on commission but they will never get me to buy something I do not want or persuade me that something else might be suitable when I am told they haven’t got what I want. If I cannot see what I want I ask, simple! I don’t wish to but a substitute thank you very much!
In today’s world we are bombarded with sales talk, sales pitch, leaflet drops, junk mail, unwanted phone calls and text messages, television adverts, even radio adverts. I cannot use the Internet without coming across an advert. One of the most annoying traits by advertisers these days is to have dynamic adverts flashing away to one side of the screen whilst emails are being read. Another favourite of theirs is to have an advert preceding a short video you have clicked on to watch and you are obliged to watch it before you can watch the content you clicked to see. They usually last around thirty seconds so I look away until the advert is finished. Don’t like adverts, never have, they don’t influence me one bit. If I want a product I will buy it after checking it out myself. Adverts tell lies anyway. How many of you have seen the adverts for face creams all claiming to reduce ‘the effect’ of ageing in older women and then show younger women with flawless skin as if they had been using it! They obviously don’t need it in the first place. The best adverts for me are the ones I cannot see or hear!
It is pressure from all sides. It seems we are unable to live our lives without the support of a ‘smart phone’ these days. They can do all sorts of wonderful things using the applications they have installed in them, many of the ‘better’ ones of course come with a price-tag. The phones themselves often cost a small fortune too. Now I use my mobile phone but infrequently, usually to answer voice calls or messages for work and little else. I don’t wish to spend my whole life looking at a screen with my fingers frantically pushing little buttons. I was in the pub the other day and quite a few folk in there were doing just that. Well I went there for a few drinks and company, you know, actually speaking with people! I could scream. I know people who don’t use the Internet, haven’t even got a computer, don’t have the latest phone but carry a simple one ‘in case of emergencies’. I would think that is sensible. However people are gradually being coerced into having computers and one day none of us will be able to conduct business of any kind unless we do it through the Internet. It’s happening already. I heard recently that people wishing to pay their gas or electricity bill by any other method than by ‘Direct Debit‘ are charged more for the privilege. Furthermore if they have to set up a Direct Debit they have to do it over the Internet because they are restricted from doing it over the phone with an actual human being! It doesn’t come as a surprise to me though because this is intimated in Scripture along with so many other things that the ‘blind’ cannot see. I could do without it all. Give me the quiet life any day. Do you suppose there is a reason for people to say that if they came into a lot of money they would go and live on a tropical island away from it all?

Shirley Anne

I am reminded

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There are now 106 followers of my blog and 30 have subscribed to email notification of any new posts or comments so they don’t miss a thing. I looked at the most recent follower’s blog (I do look at all my followers blogs) and was reminded that I should again thank all of you who bother to look in and especially those who have added me to their ‘must read’  list, my followers. Whilst I am unable to reciprocate in all instances because I already follow many myself I do make every effort to at least look in when I can. I always respond to comments though and that in itself often prompts me to look at the blog of the person commenting. So yes, I do thank all my readers, followers and those who comment for they make my posts worthwhile. Whilst I have your attention, this is not my only blog, I do have another which sadly doesn’t attract as many followers as this one. I’ll let you search for the link, should you be interested, which is on this page. Thank you all once again.

Shirley Anne x

It can be awkward

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English: Awkward Social Encounters

English: Awkward Social Encounters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many people in my location know me and something of my history but I always make a point of not revealing my past to any new people who come into my life, not at first anyhow. If they discover the truth from one of those whom I already know so be it, but I am a little disappointed with those who think it is their duty to put others straight about me. A few months ago I met someone for the first time and we got along just fine, we still do, although we haven’t spoken to each other for a while. When we last met  she confided in me by telling me that a mutual acquaintance told her I had been through a ‘sex’ change. This girl would otherwise not have known, she told me as much herself but it didn’t make any difference to our friendship. Most people couldn’t care less about such things and why should they? My history and what I have been through doesn’t turn me into some monster to be avoided like the plague. I digress. The point I make is that people should simply keep their mouths shut and not gossip about others. It isn’t a problem as I say, just an annoyance in life. I went to do a job for a woman who was seeking someone reliable to carry out repairs to her bathroom lighting. She had been divorced two years ago but was finding it difficult to maintain payments on her mortgage so had to place her property on the market and move elsewhere. Quite where that would be is a mystery as her present house isn’t large and probably isn’t worth too much money in comparison to the average price of houses these days. If she down-sized it would be difficult to find many of a smaller size so I am guessing she would perhaps move to a less up-market district or rent instead. It is such a shame because her house is immaculately decorated and furnished with large granite style tiled flooring throughout the ground floor, even in her lounge. There are wall tiles in the lounge too! Most unusual but very tastefully done. it is one of those houses you would have to see to believe and appreciate what I am saying. It is probably worth a lot more than the housing market guide price put it that way. I digress again..I do tend to wander off topic at times don’t I? We got on like a house on fire and we chatted quite a bit whilst I was doing the job. She asked all the usual questions like, ‘Was your dad an electrician’? (he wasn’t) and ‘What made you take an interest in electrical work’? The next question was asking how long I had been doing it. It is at this point, when asked that question, when I ask them to guess my age. Everyone gets it wrong and usually place me at fifteen or so years below my real age. When I told her my age she couldn’t believe it and when I told her I had been in the business for fifty years she was quite amazed. She asked, like many of them do, about how I keep my complexion so young-looking. Well it is obvious, I plug myself into the electrical mains each night! No…..don’t do that at home I am only joking! I tell them about diet, exercise, skin preparations and such but I don’t tell them that taking hormones helps too! The reason for that of course is I would then need to explain why I take hormones. I tell nobody about my history so to those who don’t already know, I am treated as the person I am, another multi-talented woman on the block. Of course all those who read this blog will have gathered the truth about my history if they have read beyond the posts and explored the site, which is absolutely fine, I don’t mind that, else I would not have placed it there. My Internet acquaintances, other than my family and friends who look in, do not know me personally and will never meet me in person, well it is rather unlikely isn’t it? She asked about my guitar playing and the writing of poems and songs and asked if I had them on the Internet. I told her that I did but when she asked for the address I told her it was a private site. You see, although it doesn’t really matter to me about my history it might make a difference to those I work for and I should hate to lose work if that were the case. It’s about playing it safe really but it can be awkward not being open sometimes. It may be that my clients do not care about such things but I am not about to take that chance where my work is concerned. It would be a foolish thing to do.

Shirley Anne

The closure to a very sad event

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A few months ago I placed a post here about a client and friend of mine who had been murdered earlier in the year. The man who committed the murder and that of another old woman on the same day had handed himself in to the police soon afterwards. Today he admitted in Liverpool Crown Court that he had committed the two murders and was jailed for a recommended period of at least thirty years, which at his age will be for the remainder of his life I would think. It is a fitting conclusion to events that should not have happened. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased.

Shirley Anne

Old stuff for new people

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English: What are these posts for? My fellow Geographer clearly indicates the scale of the line of posts in this square, as he goes to do more investigation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those who are new to my site I encourage them to search the history files or click on one of the tag categories on the left on this screen and see the numerous old posts which are stored there, you may find something of great interest to you and the comments are never closed on old posts. Even those of my readers who are more recent subscribers may find something there of interest too. Who knows? Anything is possible! LOL

Shirley Anne

Subtle additions and alterations

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Those amongst my regular readers may have noticed one or two subtle changes around my front page. The pages above have been re-arranged with some additional pages now included. One or two new links have been placed over in the right hand column too. All for your enjoyment of course. I will let you discover them.

Shirley Anne

Sodom Revistited (originally posted June 2011)

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English: , site of the 1969 , New York City, U...

English: , site of the 1969 , New York City, USA On the Window: „We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village—Mattachine“ (Source: David Carter: Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution, St. Martin’s Press, 2004, ISBN 0-312-34269-1, S. 143) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I take no credit for what is printed below. The entire article is taken from the Whispers of the Spirit website (click this link below)http://whispersofthespirit.com/default.aspx

This particular article is reproduced in full but can be seen by clicking this link below…..

http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/Faith/Word_of_God/SODOMS_PRIDE_WAS_GAY_PRIDE/46147

I simply find it very interesting…………..

SODOM’S PRIDE WAS GAY PRIDE

Don Costello

Published 06/01/2011 – 3:29 a.m. CST
Gay Pride or Homosexual Pride is a term we think was coined in modern times, but Scripture points to it as being much older, over 4000 years older as we shall see in this study. The modern homosexual movement began in New York City in June of 1969, and as we enter June of 2011, we will see the observance of the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots. Those riots, in the minds of many, marked the beginning of the homosexual rights movement. For a brief history lesson: on the early morning hours of June 28th 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn with a search warrant investigating reports liquor was sold illegally at the bar. The Stonewall Inn was also frequented by homosexuals many of them underage. As a result of the raid, three days of rioting by homosexuals and those who sympathized with them erupted and hence, we have the beginning of the gay rights movement.

During the last 42 years, this movement has captured much cultural, political and legal territory. Proof of this fact is in the following: Beginning in 1961(8 years before Stonewall), Illinois became the first state to decriminalize homosexuality, and for the next 40 plus years until 2003, 37 more states had decriminalized homosexual behavior also. In 2003 when the Supreme Court overturned all state laws forbidding homosexual behavior, only 13 states had sodomy laws still on the books. In 1999 President Bill Clinton became the first ever president to declare that the month of June 1999 was Gay and Lesbian Pride Month; he also went on to place the Stonewall Inn, where the riots occurred, on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, because of course, that is where they say the Gay rights movement began. In 2009 President Barack Obama added ‘transgender’ to his Proclamation of the month of June being, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgendered Pride Month. Five states and the District of Columbia now recognize homosexual marriage, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire. As of May 20th 2011 a Gallup found 53 % of Americans now favor same-sex marriage. The fact that our culture has been corrupted that much in 40 plus years is incredible but true, and an indication of how little effect the Body of Christ has on our culture.

During these last 42 years, this movement has also, sad to say, captured much ecclesiastical territory. The Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran denominations are in turmoil over this issue. In 2008 the Episcopal church split over homosexuality, and in May of 2011 the Presbyterian Church USA began allowing practicing male and female homosexuals in their ministry. How could this happen in the church? I use to ask that same question until I began doing research into it in the early 1980’s. I found that a corruptible and perverted form of theology that centers on homosexuality has gained a foothold in these denominations. Homosexual theology is a system of belief that rejects the clear meaning of what Scripture teaches about homosexuality and replaces it with a twisted, distorted interpretation.

One of the arguments used in this twisted interpretation is the false teaching that homosexuality was not at all a factor in God’s decision to destroy “the cities of the plain”, but other sins were the cause for such a violent reaction from heaven. To prove this, the advocates of homosexuality say that of all the references to Sodom in the Bible, only the passages in Genesis chapter 19 specifically mentions any form of homosexuality, all the other passages, they say, point to other sins. As I began to study the Scriptures that point out these ‘other sins’, I found out that although these Scriptures do mention‘other’ sins that Sodom was guilty of; these ‘other’ sins are also characteristics or behaviors of the contemporary homosexual movement. These revelations totally blew me away. I saw clearly for the first time that homosexuality in 20th century B.C. Sodom was no different from homosexuality in 21st century America, or of 7th century B.C. Israel or of 1st century A.D. Corinth. In their perverted effort to shift the sin of Sodom away from homosexuality, these devil’s advocates (and I mean that literally), have ignorantly pointed us toward a Scriptural revealed glimpse of the homosexual movement in ancient Sodom that gives us a bigger picture of what life was like in Sodom and shows us that Gay or Homosexual Pride is not a recent phenomena.

Ezekiel 16:49 is one of the passages homosexual advocates point to that they say does not mention homosexuality and although they are correct, they conveniently fail to mention the ‘abomination’ that is attributed to Sodom in Ezekiel 16:50.

In Ezekiel 16:49 (KJV) the prophet writes the following, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride…” The first sin listed in this scripture is “pride”. Now pride itself is sin, but Sodom’s pride was in its sin; Sodom was proud of its sin. In Isaiah 3:8, 9, the prophet says, “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because their tongues and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul!  For they have rewarded evil unto themselves.” The NIV reads, “The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it.” The use of the word “parade” in the NIV is extremely interesting because he is describing the citizens of Jerusalem and how they are exactly like the citizens of ancient Sodom, they parade their sin! The Hebrew word for “declare” in the KJV and “parade’ in the NIV is ‘nagad’, and it means “to stand boldly out against, to manifest, to announce (by word of mouth), to proclaim, to celebrate with praise.” Remember that the context is sin, particularly homosexuality, so the various definitions back up the NIV’s translation; “To announce (their sin) by word of mouth,” “to proclaim (their sin),” “to celebrate (their sin) with praise”, and finally, “to boldly stand out (in their sin).”

Anyone who has witnessed a Gay Pride Parade has seen these definitions literally come alive before their eyes. In these parades the homosexual is celebrating the “pride”he or she has in their homosexuality. In their blind ignorance, the homosexual movement’s use of the word “pride,” indicts them as a prophetic link to ancient Sodom in Ezekiel 16:49 and Isaiah 3:8, 9. According to these verses, the homosexuals in 20th century B.C. Sodom and 7th century B.C. Jerusalem exhibited the same behavior, they boldly stood out to proclaim and announce and celebrate their homosexuality. Truly the Scripture declares in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “there is no new thing under the sun.”

The first homosexual “pride” parade was held in 1970 in New York City, celebrating the first anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots that occurred in June of 1969. Thirty years later, in 1999, Interpride: The International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Pride Coordinators listed 108 homosexual celebrations in 108 U. S. cities and 15 others in Canada, Australia and South Africa, while a group across the Atlantic, the European Pride Organizers Association listed 53 homosexual celebrations in 19 different European countries. In the total of 176 worldwide celebrations listed, 146 have the English word “pride” in the official title. Five years later in 2004, I searched 5 different websites and found 310 homosexual “pride” celebrations. Here in 2011 the websites featuring homosexual pride events are too numerous to mention and it would be worthless to put forth the effort to count them, though not doubt there numbers would see an increase. In 21st century America, just as they were in 20th century B.C. Sodom, homosexuals are proud of their sin.

In the first ever Presidential proclamation concerning homosexuality in 1999, then President Clinton wrote, “Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do thereby proclaim June 1999 as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. I encourage all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate our diversity…”It is not a coincidence President Clinton used the word “celebrate” in reference to homosexuality; the President was encouraging us to celebrate homosexuality with a sense of pride in homosexuality as they did in Sodom also.

All these developments are just part of the fulfillment of a prophetic word spoken by Jesus in Luke 17:28, 30: “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot…even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” The profound revelation in this is only grasped as I said earlier, when we look at these other Scriptures that mention Sodom’s other sins, where a much bigger and clearer picture of life in Sodom emerges. An ugly picture I am fully persuaded, that has been seen in isolated places, but will appear more common in 21stcentury America.

 Copyright 2011 The Cypress Times . All Rights Reserved.

Matthew 16:26

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Live life the way you think you should or the way you wish to but what excuse will you have when you meet your maker? Not believing God exists does not mean that He doesn’t!

Genesis 19

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

19 The two angels   arrived at Sodom   in the evening, and Lot   was sitting in the gateway of the city.   When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet  and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”

3 But he insisted   so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house.   He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast,   and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom —both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

6 Lot went outside to meet them   and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien,  and now he wants to play the judge!  We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

10 But the men   inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness  so that they could not find the door.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you?   Get them out of here, 13 because we  are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great  that he has sent us to destroy it.”

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[a] his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city! ” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away  when the city is punished. ”

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters   and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives!  Don’t look back,  and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!  Flee to the mountains  or you will be swept away!”

18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[b] please! 19 Your[c] servant has found favor in your[d] eyes,   and you[e] have shown great kindness   to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains;   this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20 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.”

21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request   too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.[f] )

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar,   the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur   on Sodom and Gomorrah —from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities   and the entire plain,   including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back,  and she became a pillar of salt.

27 Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.

29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain,  he remembered  Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe  that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.

Shirley Anne