Did lot have 2 or at least 4 daughters? The modern versions blunder. 

Many people believe that lot had 2 daughters. Most modern versions attest to this. However, this is actually incorrect. Which means most modern versions are incorrect.  Lot had at least 4 daughters. 2 were virgins who lived with him and at least 2 more who were married and lived elsewhere which the KJV correctly attests to. 

The blunder of the modern versions is caused by them trying to correct a “mistake” that isn’t actually there. 

We find out about 2 of Lot’s daughters in Genesis 19:8: Lot claims that he has 2 daughters which have not known man, meaning they were virgins. 


Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. KJV

The NIV and ESV also attest to these 2 virgin daughters

Genesis 19:8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.” NIV

Genesis 19:8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” ESV

This is also found in the NLT, NASB and ISV to name just a few. 

In Genesis 19:14 we see that Lot spake unto his sons in law which married his daughters. 


Genesis 19:  14And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. KJV

In the next verse we see again that Lots 2 daughters are mentioned when the angels tell Lot to take his wife and daughters and leave Sodom.  

Genesis 19: 15And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. kjv

So it would seem that Lot had 2 daughters who were virgins but they were also married so there must be an error in the text. 

The modern versions correct this “error” by changing the sons in law who married Lot’s daughters to make it appear that they were not yet married but that they were to be married. 

The NIV states that the sons in Law were pledged to be married to his daughters

Genesis 19:14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. NIV

The ESV says that the sons in law were to marry his daughters as does the NASB

Genesis 19:14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the LORD is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting. ESV


Genesis 19:14 Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the LORD will destroy the city.” But he appeared to his sons-in-law to be jesting. NASB

The NLT calls them fiances

Genesis 19:14 So Lot rushed out to tell his daughters’ fiances, “Quick, get out of the city! The LORD is about to destroy it.” But the young men thought he was only joking. nlt



The problem is that these modern versions have corrected a problem that never existed and so have actually created their own error in the process. They have reduced Lot’s daughters to 2 when in fact he had at least 4 by making the daughters that are referred to as virgins the same daughters that were married. This is because it is assumed that Lot only had 2 daughters. 

Let’s take a closer look at the text. 

In verse 8 Lot clearly states that he has 2 daughters which had not known a man. 

Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. KJV

He does not say that he only has 2 daughters. He specifically states that he has 2 daughters that had not known a man. We are told of a numerical 2 daughters. Lot offers to bring them out (from his house). 

In verse 14  It is stated that Lot went out and spake to his sons -in law that married his daughters. 

Genesis 19: 14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

The assumption that the modern versions make is that these are the same 2 daughters that Lot had previously referred to as virgins. 

Lot clearly went out to talk to his sons in law, away from his house. The sons in law that had married his daughters.  There is no numerical statement regarding how many daughters in this verse. Daughters is simply in the plural form. The Hebrew, however,  makes it clear that these men were in fact married to his daughters and not betrothed. Sons-in-law is the Hebrew חָתָן chathan which means daughter’s husband. Had this referred to fiances that were to be married then it would be much more likely that the Hebrew אָרַשׂ aras would have been used. This means betrothed.

So there is simply no reason to assume that the daughters that were married are the same daughters that were virgins. 

The daughters that were married did not live with Lot but with their husbands. 

In verse verse 15 the angels told Lot to take his wife and the 2 daughters WHICH ARE HERE. 

Genesis 19:15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

Again we see the numerical 2 used. 

The simple reading of the text shows that Lot had 2 virgin daughters that lived with him and at least 2 daughters that were married that lived elsewhere in Sodom. 

The KJV is correct. Modern versions have created an error while trying to correct a supposed error that didn’t exist.