"As in the cities of the plain"

A reference to the Biblical Kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah, which were destroyed by God as punishment for their sinful ways. Together with the cities of Admah, Zeboim and Zoar, they made up the cities of the plain, believed to have been situated by the River Jordan in the southern region of the land of Canaan.

And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

[Genesis 19.29]

Cities of the Plain is also the title of the third installment of The Border Trilogy.

 

The Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, painted by John Martin (1852)
Public DomainThe Destruction Of Sodom And Gomorrah, painted by John Martin (1852) - Credit: John Martin