God turned Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes (2 Pet 2:6)

“God burned to ashes

The cities

Of Sodom

And Gomorrah.

He condemned them

To extinction.

He made them

An example

Of what is coming

To the ungodly.”

καὶ πόλεις Σοδόμων καὶ Γομόρρας τεφρώσας καταστροφῇ κατέκρινεν, ὑπόδειγμα μελλόντων ἀσεβεῖν τεθεικώς,

This author said, “God burned to ashes (τεφρώσας) the cities (καὶ πόλεις) of Sodom (Σοδόμων) and Gomorrah (καὶ Γομόρρας).  He condemned them (κατέκρινεν) to extinction (καταστροφῇ).  He made them (τεθεικώς) an example (ὑπόδειγμα) of what is coming (μελλόντων) to the ungodly (ἀσεβεῖν).”  Among the canonical Greek New Testament writings, this is the only time that this word appeared in 2 Peter, τεφρώσας, that means to burn to ashes, reduce to ashes, consume, or destroy.  Next this author cited the example of Sodom and Gomorrah as also found in Genesis, chapters 18-19.  God condemned these two cities to extinction by burning them to ashes.  Thus, they would forever remain an example of what was going to happen to the ungodly.  These two cities were a memory and an example of ungodly behavior that was punished.  Do you think that bad behavior should be punished?

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