Sodom and Gomorrah

Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities in the land of Canaan. The following story is in Genesis 18.

Their sin was very grave.

The outcry against the cities was great.

“And the Lord said, ‘Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know’” (Gen. 18:20-21).

God’s Mercy: If He Found Just Ten Righteous People, He Would Have Spared the Cities

Abraham interceded for the people in the two cities.

God said He would not destroy the them if He found only ten righteous people.

Then he [Abraham] said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten” (Gen. 18:32).

Two angels visited Lot, Abraham’s nephew, at Lot’s house. While there, all the people of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house as a mob and said: “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally” (Gen. 19:5) The men of Sodom wanted to have sex with the angels.

Lot admonished them for their wickedness. He then offered them his two daughters instead (Gen. 18:7). The mob refused Lot’s offer, got even more aggressive and threatened Lot (Gen. 18:9). They “pressed hard against . . . Lot, and came near to break down the door” (Gen. 18:9). The angels rescued Lot and struck the mob with blindness.

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed

The angels warned Lot to take his family and flee the city. They told him: “For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it” (Gen. 19:13).

“Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground” (Gen. 19:24-25).