"And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw that The Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of The Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar; this was before The Lord [see Rock Of Ages] destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan valley, and Lot journeyed east; thus they separated from each other. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, while Lot dwelt among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against The Lord." (Genesis 13:10-13 RSV)


The "cities of the plain," or "cities of the valley," were identified as Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar. All but Zoar were destroyed by God when Sodom was incinerated.

Their location is subject to speculation. What is known for certain is that they were somewhere east or southeast of Jerusalem, in the area of the Dead Sea (see The Salt Sea) - some believe at the northern end, while others say at the southern end. We do know that Abraham was able to see Sodom from the great trees of Mamre, near Hebron (Genesis 18:1, 19:27). Hebron is located about 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of the Dead Sea, at a latitude about half-way between its north and south ends.

Cities Of The Plain Destroyed

Zoar was the town to which Lot and his daughters fled from Sodom.

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This Day In History, September 6

394: Theodosius became the sole ruler of the East and West Roman empires after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus. After he died however, the Roman empire again divided - as illustrated in the two legs of the great prophetic statue seen in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2:31-25. See Daniel's Statue

1522: One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world returned to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

1620: Pilgrims left Plymouth, England, bound for the New World.

1898: Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands was coronated.

1901: U.S. President William McKinley was shot in Buffalo, New York, by a 28 year old anarchist. He died a week later.

1914: During World War I, the first Battle of the Marne began along a 300 mile (500 kilometer) front when the French launched a counter-offensive against the German advance.

1941: The Nazi government issued an order that all Jews in Germany were to wear a yellow Star of David at all times in public.

1948: Princess Juliana became Queen of The Netherlands following her mother's (Queen Wilhelmina) abdication.

1970: Palestinian terrorists hijacked four airliners traveling to New York from Europe. One Pan Am Jumbo was blown up the next day in Cairo, and two Boeing 707s which landed at Dawson's field in Jordan were blown up on September 12. The fourth plane landed in London.

1991: After 67 years as Leningrad, the name St. Petersburg was restored to the Russian city.

1997: The funeral of Princess Diana. Great numbers of people lined the streets of London to view the procession, and hundreds of millions of people around the world watched on television. One of the biggest funerals in human history. She was later that day buried on the Spencer family property in the Northamptonshire countryside.

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