Who Were the Sodomites in the Bible?


Let us look in the bible to see what it says about the Sodomites. At the bottom of this page please see all the times the word Sodom or Sodomites appear in the bible.

The Sodomites lived near Gomorrah near the border of where the Canaanites lived. Lot went to live in the valley of where Sodom was near the Jordan because it was well watered looking.  You can not find Sodom or Gomorrah on the map but the place where Lot escaped to was a city named Zoar. This is located on maps at the southern tip of the Dead Sea (also called the Salt Sea because of its high salt content where no life is able to live). Perhaps it is where this sea exist now. Lot’s wife did become a pillar of salt when she looked back towards Sodom. Perhaps the whole place is salty because of Sodom’s destruction.

The bible says, “the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. ” Notice it says the men instead of the men and women or the people of Sodom. Whatever the men were doing it was wicked and they were doing it exceedingly.

God told His plans to Abraham of the reason why He was going to Sodom and Gomorrah to destroy it so that no one would ever live there again.  “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; ” God was hearing cries from Sodom and came to investigate it before destroying it. Abraham knew his Nephew, Lot, lived there and asked God not to destroy it if there were at least 10 people there who were righteous and God gave His word for 10 people. When angels He had sent there went, we all know what happened.

Genesis 19:4   But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

Genesis 19:5   And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

The men of Sodom both young and old from every part wanted to have sex with the angels that evening. They demanded it even in public. They had no shame in demanding this. What happened to their society that it became that way and that Lot lived there? We know the area looked good and was well watered. Lot tolerated it even though he knew better.

2 Peter 2:6   And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

2 Peter 2:7   And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

2 Peter 2:8   (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

Perhaps the Sodomites did not know they were angels. Not all angels appear with wings. When Lot tried to offer his own daughters and tell them they were doing wickedly, they said no to the daughters and and said Lot was judging them. Isn’t that funny that even then the sinners were whining about the righteous judging them for doing what was wicked. The men of Sodom tried even more to get to the men and said they were going to deal worse with Lot than with the angels they wanted to have sex with.


Here is an interesting verse that might tell us who the Sodomites were.

Deuteronomy 23:17   There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

The women were called whores and the men were called sodomites. You can compare sodomites for men as whores for women. It was probably referring to sexual sin.

There are other verses referring to what happened when the people steered away from worshipping God alone.  In the high places (bamah in Hebrew, believe it or not) they had been setting up idols and there were sodomites in the land. They had been doing something that God called abominations that the pagans were doing. It was so wicked that God told the Israelites to get rid of them.  
     King Asa had been doing what was right in God’s eyes and in his reign he removed the sodomites and all the idols that were in the land. He didn’t get rid of the high places which were probably like altars but the idols and the sodomites were removed. God considered a land without sodomites a better place to live. He didn’t want the Israelites tolerating or accepting their sin or allowing them to take over the land with their demands and ways of life trying to make it the norm of the land.  Jehoshaphat. his son, became king and he got rid of the remnant of the sodomites. So his father thought he got them all but I guess he didn’t because his son made sure the last bit of them were gone. He would not even tolerate a little. You know the saying, A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 
Under young King Josiah, at age 18, he had given out the order to repair and fix up the house of the Lord when the word of God had been found. His father had forsook God to follow after false gods but Josiah did nothing like what his father did and follow false gods but instead decided he would walk after King David. Upon hearing the word of God, instead of getting upset that he was not doing what he ought to do under the law, he tore his clothes in shame and feared the Lord and like Asa and Jehoshaphat got rid of all the idols, got rid of the sodomites and their homes and the idols and images in the groves and high places and ground them up to dust. He brought down the house of the sodomites that were next to the house of the Lord. The sodomites were doing something sexually perverted and spiritual. It reminds me of the gay and pedophilic priests of the Catholic church. 
        In Ezekiel, God tells us what the sin of Sodom was, “pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. ” (Ez16:49-50) It wasn’t just the sexual sin but they were prideful, they were doing well as far as material things yet wouldn’t help the poor and needy. This verse is what the homosexuals use today to show that Sodomites were not about gay sex.  But please remember that at Sodom God referred to the men and they were publicly demanding to have gay sex with the strangers out in public.
        Today they call the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) parades by the name, “Gay Pride Parades”. The city and the government approves of these parades even if they dress up in scantily looking clothing (sometimes in S&M outfits) proudly showing perverted sexual dancing in front of children making it a family affair to be approved of whether you like it or not.
2 Peter 2:6   And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;  
Jude 1:7   Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
       The New Testament does talk about Sodom. Notice that they were fornicating and going after strange flesh. This flesh was men going after the kind of flesh that is not normal which is a man and a woman in marriage. They were unmarried committing sexual sins going after body parts that they should not go after. In Sodom they men were going after strange flesh in wanting to have sex with men.  They were living an ungodly life that God hated so much that they had to be destroyed. In Romans God says that he had to give the homosexuals up to their depraved minds which were not only doing wrong sexually they were not fearing the Lord and living instead as pagans. 
 Romans 1:21   Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  
Romans 1:22   Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,Romans 1:23   And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.Romans 1:24   Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:Romans 1:25   Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Romans 1:26   For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Romans 1:27   And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Romans 1:28   And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Romans 1:29   Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Romans 1:30   Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Romans 1:31   Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Romans 1:32   Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

This tells us they were not using the natural use of the bodies and doing things that were unnatural.  This goes together with strange flesh and what they had been doing in Sodom before it was destroyed. God gives them up to their lusts. God allowed them to live but instead of destroying the whole town they were in, He gives them up to their debased minds. He is not listening to them when they pray no matter how spiritual they look or what role they play in a church or synagogue. Even if they become clergy and have excuses and reasoning in which they are proud to say they are homosexual or gay, they still have no standing in the Lord, it is all a cosmetic deception.  They want you to think that their lifestyle is good and normal and will send teachers to indoctrinate the community to accept and approve of their ways. When they don’t they will demonize the Christians and anyone who talks about their life as being wicked or wrong. They will say you are judging them and to tell you the truth, you could be punished and hated by the majority of people for saying anything. I do not think they will back down and ever stop demanding acceptance no matter how much you give them. Wickedness seems to never be satisfied.
       Please see the following websites to learn more and see this sermon by Pastor Steven Anderson which does a fine job of telling the truth about sodomites.
to learn more:
The Sin of Sodomy :  http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/sodom.html
Historical Sodom and Gomorrah: http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/sodom-and-gomorrah.html
The Dark Side of the Homosexual Culture; Endtime Current Events 7-7-13: http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=5705

Word Search on kingjamesbibleonline.org on the word “SODOM”. 

 Genesis 10:19   And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.  Genesis 13:10   And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.Genesis 13:12   Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

Genesis 13:13   But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Genesis 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.

Genesis 14:8   And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;

Genesis 14:10   And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings ofSodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.

Genesis 14:11   And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.

Genesis 14:12   And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt inSodom, and his goods, and departed.

Genesis 14:17   And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.

Genesis 14:21   And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

Genesis 14:22   And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

Genesis 18:16   And the men rose up from thence, and looked towardSodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

Genesis 18:20   And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

Genesis 18:22   And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

Genesis 18:26   And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

Genesis 19:1   And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

Genesis 19:4   But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

Genesis 19:24   Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Genesis 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.

Deuteronomy 23:17   There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor asodomite of the sons of Israel.

Deuteronomy 29:23   And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt,and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:

Deuteronomy 32:32   For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:

1 Kings 14:24   And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

1 Kings 15:12   And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

1 Kings 22:46   And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.

2 Kings 23:7   And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

Isaiah 1:9   Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodomand we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Isaiah 1:10   Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Isaiah 3:9   The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

Isaiah 13:19   And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 23:14   I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 49:18   As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.

Jeremiah 50:40   As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbourcities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.

Lamentations 4:6   For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.

Ezekiel 16:46   And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, isSodom and her daughters.

Ezekiel 16:48   As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

Ezekiel 16:49   Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Ezekiel 16:53   When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity ofSodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, thenwill I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:

Ezekiel 16:55   When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

Ezekiel 16:56   For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride,

Amos 4:11   I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Zephaniah 2:9   Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.

Matthew 10:15   Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Matthew 11:23   And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Matthew 11:24   But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

Mark 6:11   And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Luke 10:12   But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day forSodom, than for that city.

Luke 17:29   But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Romans 9:29   And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

2 Peter 2:6   And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

Jude 1:7   Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Revelation 11:8   And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.


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