We could have been like Sodom and Gomorrah (Rom 9:29)

“As Isaiah predicted.

‘If the Lord of hosts

Had not left survivors,

We would have fared

Like Sodom,

And been made

Like Gomorrah.’”

καὶ καθὼς προείρηκεν Ἡσαΐας Εἰ μὴ Κύριος Σαβαὼθ ἐγκατέλιπεν ἡμῖν σπέρμα, ὡς Σόδομα ἂν ἐγενήθημεν καὶ ὡς Γόμορρα ἂν ὡμοιώθημεν.

Paul continued citing the prophet Isaiah (Ἡσαΐας), chapter 1:9-10 who had predicted (καὶ καθὼς προείρηκεν).  “If the Lord of hosts (Εἰ μὴ Κύριος Σαβαὼθ) had not left survivors or seeds (ἐγκατέλιπεν ἡμῖν σπέρμα), we would have fared (ἂν ἐγενήθημεν) like Sodom (ὡς Σόδομα), and been made (ἂν ὡμοιώθημεν) like Gomorrah (καὶ ὡς Γόμορρα).”  Isaiah had said that “We would have been like Sodom.  We would have become like Gomorrah.  Hear the word of Yahweh!  You rulers of Sodom!  Listen to the teaching of our God!  You people of Gomorrah!”  This seems to be another oracle of Yahweh pronounced by Isaiah.  Isaiah called out the people of Jerusalem, comparing them to the rulers and inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah of Genesis fame, chapters 18-19.  Jerusalem could have suffered the same fate as these famous fiery valley towns.  Paul continued with his short history of Israel and its problems.  What do you know about Sodom and Gomorrah?

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