Genesis 13:13

But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
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Ambrose of Milan

AD 397
But the fact that “the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners in the sight of the Lord” is not a matter of minor importance, in terms of the way God deals with human beings. Rather, its aim is to help us understand that the harsh gravity of sin can compel a gentle God to retaliate. The reason Abraham was unable to obtain pardon for the Sodomites through his prayer is that their malice was beyond all measure. There are many people who the more wicked they are the more sheltered and secure they seem to be. They find ways of escaping human detection, where things are done without supervision or where a just person is indicted through false testimony. The just person remains just before God, even if others condemn him. God does not look at the outcome of trials or judicial actions based on unjust machinations but observes matters in their naked reality. In human trials, however, the error of false opinion often obstructs the force of truth. Susanna remained exceedingly chaste in God’s eye...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Sinners before That is truly, without restraint or disguise. Lot might not have been acquainted with their dissolute morals, when he made this choice; in which however he consulted only his senses, and looked for temporal advantages, which ended in sorrow. This God permitted for a warning to us; and to restrain the Sodomites, by the example of Lot's justice, contrasted with their abominable lives. (Haydock) Ezechiel xvi. 49, explains the causes of their wickedness.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Do you observe Lot having regard only for the nature of the land and not considering the wickedness of the inhabitants? What good, after all, is fertility of land and abundance of produce when the inhabitants are evil in their ways? By contrast, what harm could come from solitude and a simple lifestyle when the inhabitants are more restrained? The summit of blessings, you see, is the uprightness of those who dwell in a place. Lot, however, had eyes for one thing only, the richness of the countryside. Hence Scripture desires to indicate to us the wickedness of those who dwelt there in the words “Now the people of Sodom were very wicked sinners in God’s sight.” They were not merely “wicked” but also “sinners,” and not simply “sinners” but also “in God’s sight.” That is, the extent of their sins was extreme, and their wickedness superabounded—hence it added as well, “very wicked in God’s sight.” Do you see the extremity of the evil? Do you see how great an evil it is to usurp pride of pla...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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