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
19:25 And the vegetation of the ground
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.”