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Chapter 2
verses 6-8
God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha with fire and brimstone from heaven
because of their wickedness.

“And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham
went with them to bring them on the way. And the LORD said, Shall I hide
from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely
become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be
blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his
household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice
and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath
spoken of him. And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah
is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see
whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come
unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence,
and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
“And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous
with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt
thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are
therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous
with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far
from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said,
If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place
for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken
upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all
the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not
destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there
shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. And he
said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure
there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty
there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the
Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not
destroy it for twenty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I
will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he
said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon
as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his

“And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of
Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself
with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in,
I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet,
and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we
will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they
turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast,
and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. But before they lay down,
the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round,
both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto
Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this
night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at
the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you,
brethren, do not so wickedly. 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. And they said, Stand back. And
they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a
judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed
sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men
put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the
door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with
blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the
door. And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law,
and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring
them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of
them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent
us to destroy it. 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
“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.  And while he lingered, the men laid
hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his
two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him
forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had
brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind
thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be

“And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: Behold now, thy servant hath
found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou
hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain,
lest some evil take me, and I die: Behold now, this city is near to flee unto,
and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my
soul shall live. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning
this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast
spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be
come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

“The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.  Then the
LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the
LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and
all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But
his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. And
Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the
LORD: And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land
of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the
smoke of a furnace.” (KJV – Genesis 18:16-19:28)

Their wickedness was so great that they would commit a homosexual gang
rape of angels rather than have relations with Lot’s virgin daughters.
Therefore, their wickedness is remembered and immortalized in the term
sodomy, describing the actions of homosexuals. These cities, whose ruins
now lie beneath the surface of the Dead Sea, became an example of the
judgment of God upon the unrighteous.

But more than that, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha became a
lesson in the grace, mercy and patience of God. For God not only punished
the cities, He delivered Lot, the nephew of Abraham from the destruction.
The discussion between Abraham and God which showed God would have
spared the cities for ten righteous souls, shows the patience and mercy of
God. The deliverance of Lot showed His grace – sparing His people, the
righteous, from the punishment of His judgment.

He knows the difficulties faced by the righteous in an unrighteous world –
the agony and torment of watching and seeing those whom you love dearly
departing from the laws of God and committing wickedness.