Genesis 18 & 19

The Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah

" And Jehovah said, Shall I hide from Abraham
the thing which I do."

Gen 18:17

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  Genesis 18 & 19 contain the prelude to and the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. A partial study of these chapters of the Bible gives us insight into God's Nature.
(Note: The KJV and later versions of the Bible with their use of " LORD, LORD, lord & Lord " sometimes leads to confusion. Throughout my site I tend to use either a literal translation of Scripture or the MKJV, which are more clearer in meaning. You will find that the "LORD" of the KJV is rendered from "JHVH or YHVH", which is commonly translated as "Jehovah or Yaweh."

  Genesis 18:17 establishes Jehovah is going to destroy the two cities. In verse 18:21, Jehovah says He will go down to Sodom. Genesis 19:1, tells us that two angels came to Sodom. In 19:18, we find Lot addressing the two as 'Lord', which is translated from the Hebrew adonay. The word 'adonay  is used solely as a proper name for God (JHVH). Finally in Gen 19:24 we find,
- - "Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from Jehovah out of the heavens. "

  The wording of Gen 19:24 is such that it can only mean two separate entities; otherwise the verse would be rendered ' Jehovah rained upon Sodom & upon Gomorrah fire & brimstone, out of the heavens.' Also we see that in Gen 19:18, Lot addresses both persons as 'adonay, the proper name for the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob.

  While Gen 18 & 19 do not show a trinity of persons in the Godhead, it does give us the implication that there is more than one person in the Divine being, who we call God.

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