The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 11:24
But I say unto you…
Capernaum, and the inhabitants
thereof, as before, to Chorazin and Bethsaida.
It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, in the day of
judgment, than for thee:
though the punishment of the men of Sodom
will be very great, their iniquities being horribly dreadful and
enormous, yet more easy to be borne than the vengeance, which, in the
last and general judgment, will fall upon such, who have had the
means of grace, and have despised them; especially such as had the
personal presence, ministry, and miracles of Christ among them, as
the Capernaites had. Such a way of expressing and setting forth the
severer punishment of others, by that of Sodom, is not unusual in
the Old Testament; see (Lamentations 4:6) nor in Jewish writers, who say F18,
``the Israelites were fit for, or deserved, (Mwdo vnwem rwmx)
(rtwy vnwel) , "a far more heavy punishment than the punishment
of Sodom": because they abounded with prophets, rising early,
and sending them, but they did not hearken; whereas Sodom
had no hands stayed on her, or prophets to warn them.''
F18 Tzeror Hammor, fol. 82. 1.