I'll lay your cities to waste and destroy your sanctuaries so I don't have to smell the scent of your soothing odors.
I'm going to turn your cities into ghost towns, and you will become a ruin. Then you will learn that I am the LORD.
I will uproot your cultic gods from you, and I will tear down your cities.
Then Israel made this vow in the LORD's presence: "If you give these people into our control, we intend to devote their cities to total destruction." When the LORD heard what Israel had decided to do, he delivered the Canaanites to them, and Israel exterminated them and their cities. They named the place Hormah.
I will cut off the cities of your land, and I will tear down all of your fortifications.
In all the places where you live, the cities will be desolate. The high places will also be desolate so that your altars will be laid waste, bearing the punishment appropriate to them. Your idols will be shattered, your sun pillars will be hewn down, and your works will be obliterated.
A destroyer will come to every town and no town will escape. The valley will be ruined and the plateau destroyed." This is what the LORD has said!
"They'll devour your harvest and your food. They'll devour your sons and your daughters. They'll devour your vines and your fig trees. With their swords they'll batter down your fortified cities in which you trust.
For he has made drunk the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low to the ground casting it down to the dust,
But it will hail when the forest comes down, and the wood will be leveled completely.
The towns that are inhabited will lie in ruins, because the land will be devastated. Then they'll learn that I am the LORD."'"
Then I asked, "For how long, LORD?" He replied: "Until cities lie waste, without inhabitants, and houses without people; and the land becomes utterly desolate.
"I have destroyed nations their fortifications are deserted. I have turned their main thoroughfares into wastelands where no one will travel. Their cities are desolate; as a result, not one man remains no, not even a single resident.
For you have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified city into a ruin; the foreigners' citadel is no longer a city it will never be rebuilt!
Young lions roar at him, they cry out loudly. They have made his land into a wasteland, and his cities are destroyed so they are without inhabitants.
The chaotic city lies broken down; every house is closed up so that no one can enter them.
Desolation remains in the city whose gates lie battered into ruins.
I looked, and the fruitful land had become a desert. All its towns were broken down because of the LORD, because of his burning anger.
2 Kings 19:25
"Didn't you hear? I determined it years ago! I planned this from ancient times, and now I've brought it to pass, to turn fortified cities into piles of ruins
""Didn't you hear how in the distant past I decided to do it, how I planned from days of old? Now I've made it happen that fortified cities become devastated, besieged heaps.
Through the blessing of the righteous a city is built up, but what the wicked say tears it down.
He raped the women, devastating their towns. The land was made desolate, and all the while the land was filled with the sound of his roaring.
"I overthrew your cities, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You've become like a burning ember, snatched from the fire, but you have not returned to me," declares the LORD.
Lot looked around and noticed that the whole Jordan plain as far as Zoar was well-watered like the garden of the LORD or like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
Perhaps there are 50 righteous ones within the city. Will you actually destroy it and not forgive the place for the sake of the 50 righteous that are found there?
2 Peter 2:6
and if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed them by burning them to ashes, making them an example to ungodly people of what is going to happen to them;
And so it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham and brought Lot out from the midst of the destruction when he overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.
As dawn was breaking, the angels pressured Lot. "Get going!" they told him. "Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be engulfed by the devastation that's coming to this city."
"All right," the angel replied to Lot, "I'll agree with your request! I won't overthrow the town that you mentioned.
They burned every town where they had lived and incinerated all of their encampments.
We utterly destroyed them, just as we did King Sihon of Heshbon, attacking them in every city the men, women, and children.
So he responded the same way to the men of Penuel, "When I come back safely, I'm going to tear down this tower."