Sodom and Gomorrah; Sodom; Gomorrah

a place of evil, crime, or immorality
—According to my mother’s thinking, my move from the countryside to the big city was going from Eden to Sodom and Gomorrah.

In Canaan, Abraham and Lot decided to separate to give each more room for his livestock and possessions. Lot moved east, toward the city of Sodom, even though it was known as a wicked place. The Lord appeared to Abraham and told him about his plans for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah:

The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so blatant that I must go down and see if they are as wicked as the outcry suggests. If not, I want to know. (Genesis 18:20,21)

Abraham begged the Lord not to destroy Sodom. The Lord agreed that if he could find ten righteous people there, he would spare the city. Two of God’s angels, in the form of men, went to Sodom and visited Lot’s house. The men of the city then surrounded his home, demanding that the visitors come out so they could have sex with them. In the end, the angels helped Lot and his wife and two daughters escape, as God destroyed the city with burning sulfur from the sky.

Sodomy is the name given to certain sexual acts by some who consider those acts unnatural or illegal.

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