'The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath.'
All nations would say, 'Why has the Lord done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?'
Then people would say: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt;
for they went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods that they did not know and that He had not given to them.
Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against this land, to bring on it every curse that is written in this book.
And the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.'
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.