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A Submerged Heap

Gomorrah was the name of an ancient city in Judea that is always mentioned in the Holy Bible with Sodom. The English name Gomorrah is derived from the New Testament Greek name for the city, pronounced gom-or-rah-haw which itself was derived from the more ancient Old Testament Hebrew name for the city, pronounced am-oh-raw which meant a heap, from agricultural usage meaning a heap of grain or a heap of manure. Since other Scriptures describe Sodom and Gomorrah as morally unclean, it's obvious that the name for the city did not refer to a heap of grain; Gomorrah meant a heap of manure. The location of Gomorrah is thought by many to have been on a plain that is today submerged by the southern half of the Dead Sea. Hence also that the Greek name for the city came to mean submerged.

"The Lord said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave"

Gomorrah was a very ancient city. It existed, along with Sodom, very early in recorded Bible History, in the tenth chapter of Genesis.

"And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon, in the direction of Gerar, as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha." (Genesis 10:19 RSV)

Fire Gomorrah became an ugly "manure pile" because of how the people there behaved, not how it looked. The city itself was in an area that "was well watered everywhere like the garden of The Lord":

"And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw that the Jordan valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD], like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar; this was before The Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah." (Genesis 13:10 RSV)

Gomorrah was politically allied with the cities around it:

"In the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, these kings made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, that is, Zoar. And all these joined forces in the Valley of Siddim, that is, the Salt Sea." (Genesis 14:1-3 RSV)

The Lord destroyed Gomorrah because "their sin is very grave":

"Then The Lord said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave" (Genesis 18:20 RSV)

"Then The Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire [see Fire and Brimstone] from The Lord out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground." (Genesis 19:24-25 RSV)

Gomorrah, along with Sodom, thereafter became an analogy for perversion and corruption - and of the coming lake of fire in which the unrepentant will be submerged:

"by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes He condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly" (2 Peter 2:6 RSV)

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