October 5th, 2009
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.
31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
37 And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.
This is the end of the story of Lot, from Genesis 19. Because all of his sons are dead and cannot pass on his seed, his daughters conspire to get him drunk and seduce him. They both succeed and become pregnant with his boys. It seems quite a bit of value is place on passing on one’s seed, to the point that it even encourages incest.
However, these verses are not pointed out due to matters of morality. They are pointed out because of the obscenity. While I heard the story of Lot several times as a child, warned that being promiscuous would cause God to wish my destruction, I was never told that the good and righteous Lot impregnated his own daughters. This is definitely not the kind of tale that I would want any children of my own to read.