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And he said to him, “Behold, I will lift up your face in this matter also; and I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. Bible

“I will lift up your face.” The Hebrew is more literally, “I have lifted up your face,” but understood as a request that will be granted, “I will lift up your face” is perhaps clearer in English. The Hebrew language is very concrete and graphic, and this is a perfect example. Lot was sad and hurt over the destruction of his city and his house, and the loss of the men who were engaged to his daughters. His face was downcast and sad. The angels, in granting his request, “lifted up his face,” a beautiful idiom. The simple meaning is, “I have granted your request.”


Commentary for: Genesis 19:21