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They called out to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came in to you tonight? Bring them out to us, so that we can know them sexually.” Bible

“know.” This is the common idiomatic use of “know” for sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse gives the most intimate and personal “knowledge” of the other, so “know” was used throughout the biblical world as an idiom for sexual intercourse, including rape, as here and in Judges 19:25 (Gen. 4:1, 17, 25; Matt. 1:25).


Commentary for: Genesis 19:5