Genesis 19:20

19:20 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.”

Genesis 34:23

34:23 If we do so, won’t their livestock, their property, and all their animals become ours? So let’s consent to their demand, so they will live among us.”


tn The Hebrew word עִיר (’ir) can refer to either a city or a town, depending on the size of the place. Given that this place was described by Lot later in this verse as a “little place,” the translation uses “town.”

tn Heb “Look, this town is near to flee to there. And it is little.”

tn Heb “Let me escape to there.” The cohortative here expresses Lot’s request.

tn Heb “Is it not little?”

tn Heb “my soul will live.” After the cohortative the jussive with vav conjunctive here indicates purpose/result.

tn The words “If we do so” are not in the Hebrew text, but are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons.