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The Tower of Babel; Abram and his family moves around the Middle East, with Lot eventually settling in Sodom, only to lose everything in a raid, which is then recovered by Abram in a counterattack: Genesis 11–14

It’s a bit like sin: the plain around Sodom and Gomorrah looked great, but the long-term prospects didn’t live up to Lot’s expectations.

Lot had chosen the area because it look so attractive:

Genesis 13:10 Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt.

But the signs of decay were already there:

Genesis 13:13 But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord.

And Lot should possibly have taken that into account when deciding where he should live. It could have saved Lot from some grief later on.

Firstly, an army of five kings beat the four local kings, plundered the cities and captured the people, including Lot and all he owned. Abraham was forced to rescue him.

The second disaster is recorded later: the famous destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

As Proverbs says:

Proverbs 14:12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

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