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Who Saved Zoar?

The Hebrew word pronounced sid-deem means a broad flatland i.e. a plain. A "vale," as used in the King James Version (not to be confused with a veil), is an abbreviated form of valley.

Part of "the vale of Siddim" was located near the southern section of the Dead Sea (also called the Salt Sea). The rest was located under the Dead Sea itself.

"14:3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea." (Genesis 14:3 KJV)

Sodom was the major city of the vale of Siddim. With Sodom were four other cities of the vale that were military allies of Sodom: Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar.

"14:2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar. 14:3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea." (Genesis 14:2-3 KJV)

"I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither"

When the LORD God (Who was later born as the human Jesus Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') destroyed Sodom, almost all of the other cities of the plain were also incinerated. Zoar would have been, but was not destroyed because Lot asked that it be his place of refuge from Sodom i.e. "19:20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, is it not a little one? and my soul shall live" (Genesis 19:20 KJV).

The Vale Of Siddim

"19:15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

19:18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: 19:19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast showed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 19:20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

19:21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. 19:22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

19:23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

19:27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt." (Genesis 15-29 KJV)

Nevertheless, soon afterward Lot and his daughters left Zoar.

"19:30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters." (Genesis 19:30 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is it that "sodomites" existed after the "sodomites" of Sodom were destroyed? Were there actually two different Hebrew words, one meaning a place, the other meaning a behaviour, that have been translated as "sodomite"?
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