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Matthew 10:15

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10:15 I tell you the truth, 1  it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah 2  on the day of judgment than for that town!

Matthew 11:23-24

Context
11:23 And you, Capernaum, 3  will you be exalted to heaven? 4  No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 5  For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. 11:24 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom 6  on the day of judgment than for you!”

1 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”

2 sn The allusion to Sodom and Gomorrah, the most wicked of OT cities from Gen 19:1-29, shows that to reject the current message is even more serious than the worst sins of the old era and will result in more severe punishment.

3 sn Capernaum was a town on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, 680 ft (204 m) below sea level. It was a major trade and economic center in the North Galilean region.

map For location see Map1 D2; Map2 C3; Map3 B2.

4 tn The interrogative particle introducing this question expects a negative reply.

5 sn In the OT, Hades was known as Sheol. It is the place where the unrighteous will reside (Luke 10:15; 16:23; Rev 20:13-14).

6 sn The allusion to Sodom, the most wicked of OT cities from Gen 19:1-29, shows that to reject the current message is even more serious, and will result in more severe punishment, than the worst sins of the old era. The phrase region of Sodom is in emphatic position in the Greek text.



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