The Books of Jasher go into greater detail as to the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. They did not just consist of homosexuality and inhospitality. Jasher was referenced twice in the bible, (Joshua 10:13 & 2 Sam 1:18) like Enoch, and was a part of scripture before they were removed. And for these reasons I believe them to be true but even if you do not believe this, it’s still an interesting read.
Caution: Some of these accounts are very disturbing so if you’re sensitive to these graphic accounts, then please do not read further. Also, this is definitely something you don’t want your children to read.
These accounts I’m going to paraphrase because it’s just too long to write. It starts in Chapter 18.
The husbands and wives went to a spot by the water and exchanged partners and had orgies out in the open. They took their children with them too. They did this four times a year for one day each.
When a stranger approached the city with goods, everyone would assemble – men, women, and children and would take his goods by force and leave him nothing. When the stranger protested, they would each show him the little that they took and claim he gave it to them. They did this to taunt him. Then they would drive him out of the city.
Jasher gives the account of a man passing through the city one night. He was carrying a “fine mantle of diverse colors” and the mantle was bound with chord. He was looking for a place to stay in the city but no one offered their home to him. Then a wicked man named Hedod approached and offered his home to him. The man stayed with Hedod and tried to leave the next morning but Hedod insisted that he stay. This happened several times where Hedod pressed him to stay. Finally, the man tried to leave and asked for his mantle and chord back that Hedod put in safe keeping. Hedod proceeds to interpret his dream of the chords saying it meant his life will be lengthened like a chord and the mantle colored with all sorts of colors mean that he will have a vineyard which he will plant trees bearing all kinds of fruits. (This was not a dream – Hedod was a wicked man trying to steal his things)
The stranger protested but Hedod insisted that he told him his dream and now wanted payment for it! The stranger cried bitterly. Then he took Hedod to the judge at Sodom and told him his case. The judge sided with Hedod and he increased the payment “owed” to him. The stranger cried and quarreled with Hedod and both were removed from the court. The people of the city gathered around the stranger and drove him out without his things.
They placed beds in the streets of the city. When a stranger came, they would force him on to the bed and torture him. If he was shorter than the bed, they would stretch him out until he reached the length of the bed. (not sure how they did this exactly) There were six men at the head of the bed and six men at the bottom. And if the man was longer than the bed, they would “draw together the two sides of the bed at each end until the man had reached the gates of death.” And when the men cried out, they showed no mercy.
If a poor man came to their land, they would give him silver and gold. They would also make a proclamation to everyone NOT to sell him anything – not to give him a morsel of bread so that he would starve to death. And when he died of starvation, they would take their gold and silver back, plus strip him of his clothes and bury him under shrubs in the desert. Then they would fight amongst themselves about the clothes they took and whomever prevailed in the fight, got the clothes.
This next story while twisted, has a happy ending.
Sarah sent Eliezer to Sodom to inquire about Lot. He saw a man of Sodom stripping a poor man of his clothes and the poor man cried out to Eliezer. The wicked man left and Eliezer went after him. When he caught up to him, the wicked man took a rock and bashed Eliezer in the forehead and blood gushed out. The wicked man then demanded payment for this because he “rid him of his bad blood.” He said it was the custom in their land. Of course he refused to pay. Then the wicked man took him to the judge and explained the case to him. The judge ruled in favor of the wicked man claiming it is their custom. So Eliezer then picks up a stone and bashes the judge on the forehead and he gushed blood. He then tells the judge to pay the wicked man what he owed him (Eliezer) and walked away. Right on Eliezer!
There are more accounts that I have not listed.Talk about a wicked bunch! They were sadistic and played mind games with people in addition to their abuse, sexual immorality, and murder. No wonder Yahweh destroyed them!