By Ellen G. White
Fairest among the cities of the Jordan Valley was Sodom. Here was the home of the palm tree, the olive, and the vine, and flowers shed their fragrance throughout the year. The treasures of the East adorned her palaces, and the caravans of the desert brought their stores of precious things to supply her marts of trade. With little thought or labor, every want of life could be supplied, and the whole year seemed one round of festivity.
The profusion reigning everywhere gave birth to luxury and pride. Idleness and riches make the heart hard that has never been oppressed by want or burdened by sorrow. The love of pleasure was fostered by wealth and leisure, and the people gave themselves up to sensual indulgence.
“Behold,” says the prophet, “this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in
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Ellen G. White (1827–1915) was a Christian author and speaker whose inspirational writings have been translated worldwide.