God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah
God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by raining brimstone and fire on them.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Noisome A term used by the AV in the archaic sense of “noxious” or “harmful,” as a translation of Heb hawwâ (“destruction”) in Ps. 91:3 (RSV “deadly”; NEB “raging”), raʿ (“evil”) in Ezk. 14:15, 21 (RSV “wild,” “evil”; NEB “wild”), and Gk kakós (“bad, evil”) in Rev. 16:2 (RSV, NEB, “foul”). “Noisome”
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DESTRUCTION. Of 33 terms used in the OT, the most common are Heb. ˒ăbăddôn, “destruction,” “perishing”; ˒êd, “calamity,” “distress”; mḥittâ, “dismay,” “ruin”; mhûmâ, “trouble,” “destruction”; sheber, “breaking,” “breach”; and of four in the NT, Gr. apōleia, “ruin,” “loss”; olethros, “death,”
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Wrath, destructionIn the NT the Greek words for wrath, orgē and thymos, are basically interchangeable. In the Pauline corpus, however, thymos is primarily related to human anger and is used in lists of negative human actions (2 Cor 12:20; Gal 5:20; Eph 4:31 and Col 3:8), with the exception of Romans
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Wrath, Destruction
Wrath, DestructionThe two standard words for anger or wrath, orgē and thymos, are used in these NT writings as well as those of the apostolic fathers. Although the two words significantly overlap in meaning, there is also the distinction that orgē seems more characteristic of wrath or anger that leads
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DESTRUCTION (Heb. ˒abaddôn, a “perishing”). A “place of destruction” (Ps. 88:11), or abyss, and nearly equivalent to Sheol (which see). In several places (Job 26:6; 31:12; Prov. 15:11) NASB renders simply “Abaddon.” See Abaddon.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Destructionin Job 26:6, 28:22 (Heb. abaddon) is sheol, the realm of the dead.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DESTRUCTION<de-struk’-shun>: In the King James Version this word translates over 30 Hebrew words in the Old Testament, and 4 words in the New Testament. Of these the most interesting, as having a technical sense, is ’abhaddon (from verb ’abhadh, “to be lost,” “to perish”). It is found 6 times in
NOISOME<noi’-sum> (הַוָּהע, hawwah], רַעע, rà]; [κακός, kakos]): “Noisome” from “annoy” (annoysome) has in Bible English the meaning of “evil,” “hurtful,” not of “offensive” or “loathsome.” It is the translation of hawwah, “mischief,” “calamity” (Psalm 91:3, “noisome pestilence,”
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
DESTRUCTION.—The AV and RV tr. of ἀπώλεια in Mt 7:13. In Mt 26:8 and in the parallel passage in Mk 14:4 ἀπώλεια is translated ‘waste’ in both Versions, and in Jn 17:12, the only other instance where the word is used in the Gospels, both render it ‘perdition.’ In Mt 7:13 our Lord speaks of ‘destruction’
Dictionary of Theological Terms
AnnihilationFrom the Latin nihil, “nothing,” the belief that1. All men pass out of existence at death; or2. While God confers the gift of immortality upon His redeemed people, He allows the rest of humanity to sink into nothingness (this is the theory of conditional immortality*); or3. All men are
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
Destroy; Destruction
Destroy, destructionGreek expression: apōleia, olethrosPronunciation: ahp OH lay uh; AWL eh thrawssStrong’s Numbers: 684, 3639Key Verses1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:3; 1 Timothy 6:9It is not uncommon to hear a football team say to another team, “We’re out to destroy you!” Destroy in
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
DESTRUCTIONThe concept of destruction and its vivid portrayal occur frequently in the OT. At the macrolevel, the OT speaks of destruction as a divine, physical judgment, the inevitable result of wicked or unrighteous behavior on the part of both individuals and national entities. The former is the predominant
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
DESTRUCTIONThe concept of destruction is expressed by more than a dozen Hebrew words within the OT books under study within the major Bible translations. For some of these terms, “destruction” is part of the primary semantic domain of the word itself, whereas for other terms (such as blʿ, usually “swallow”)
Key passages
Ge 19:24–25

Yahweh rained down from heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Yahweh. And he overthrew those cities and the whole plain, and the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation of the ground.

Ge 19:27–29

And Abraham arose early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before Yahweh. And he looked down upon the surface of Sodom and Gomorrah, and upon the whole surface of the land, the plain. And he saw that, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a smelting furnace. …

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