Genesis 19:25
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25  He annihilated those cities and the entire Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation of the ground.

va-ya-ha-FOKH et he-a-REEM ha-AYL v’-AYT kol ha-ki-KAR v’-AYT kol yo-sh’-VAY he-a-REEM v’-TZE-makh ha-a-da-MAH

כה  וַיַּהֲפֹךְ אֶת־הֶעָרִים הָאֵל וְאֵת כָּל־הַכִּכָּר וְאֵת כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵי הֶעָרִים וְצֶמַח הָאֲדָמָה׃

 19:25   And the vegetation of the ground

Ramban (1194-1270)

The destruction of Sodom is complete, total annihilation. The obliteration includes not just the people, but also the overturning of the city and the very earth they resided on. The Ramban comments that here, God set a precedent that the Land of Israel, which includes Sodom, does not tolerate corruption. This serves as a warning for future inhabitants of this holy place to guard their behavior . As it says in Sefer Devarim (29:22,24) “all its soil devastated by sulfur and salt, beyond sowing and producing, no grass growing in it, just like the upheaval of Sodom and Gomorrah… Because they forsook the covenant that the LORD, God of their fathers, made with them when He freed them from the land of Egypt… because they forsook the covenant of Hashem.

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  • Gen.18:23-33 & 19:29 In these verse's we see the power of prayer, Abraham in his standing and " speaking " to the Lord, and the Lord remembering Abraham's prayer, "intercessory" prayer IS powerful and Lot and his family was spared more because of Abraham's interceding then for Lot's " righteousness ". The whole area was full of slime and tar pit's ; oil. This would've naturally burned for ?? who knows how long, after God sent His destruction. Hospitality was extremely important in the culture then. Women were held in low esteem, but after living among, even " sitting in the gates", Lot would've known that these " sodomites" wouldn't have any interest in his daughters, and protecting his " visitors " was very important. Abraham had taught Lot well. Even though, living AMONG this evil for so long Lot and his family would've been influenced by it, in His Mercy God brought them out, removing them from destruction: is this a " foreshadow" of the " pre-trib rapture"??. Also, history show's that only among "Christians" were women held in higher esteem. The Gospel of Jesus Christ elevated women, unfortunately Lot's wife loved the " city life" more.

  • Hashem has set a very standard for Israel! How amazing is it that amidst all the corruption in Sodom and Gomorrah, Hashem still heard the plea to save those righteous in Lot's family.

  • Rabbi thank you very much , l had dream which i saw this word plesese what the meaning of it AIHLM OR AUHIM ,AIHIM I will be happy to understand them

Genesis 19:25

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