Abraham’s nephew Lot was a righteous man. He lived in the city of Sodom, where nearly everyone was so wicked that God decided to kill them all.1 So God sent two angels (who looked like men) to Sodom. Lot met them and convinced them to spend the night at his house.
Then all the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house and told him to bring out those men so they could have sex with them. Lot was too righteous to let them have sex with those strangers, so he went out and offered to let them have sex with his daughters instead. But the Sodomites weren’t interested. The angels pulled Lot back into the house, blinded the Sodomites so they wouldn’t rape him, and warned him that the city was about to be destroyed.
Lot told the men who were engaged to his daughters that they needed to get out of the city before God destroyed it. But they thought he was joking, so they stayed and got killed. The angels took Lot, his wife, and his two daughters out of the city, and told them to flee to the mountains and not look back. But Lot’s wife did look back, so God turned her into salt.
God sent burning sulfur from the sky to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, and Lot and his daughters went to live in a cave in the mountains. Lot’s daughters wanted to have children, but God had killed their fiancés. So they got their father drunk and raped him.2
The moral of the story
Make sure it’s clear whether you’re joking or not.