|But I say to you, It will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.|
|And you, Capernaum, who have been exalted to heaven, to Hades you will be brought down. For if the works of power which took place in you had taken place in Sodom, it would have remained until today.|
|But I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.|
Verse 20 says, “Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His works of power took place, because they did not repent.” The Lord proceeded, Woe to you, Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, because, in a general way, they had all rejected Him. Of Capernaum He said, “You shall be brought down to Hades.” Hades, like Sheol in the Old Testament (Gen. 37:35; Psa. 6:5), is the place where the souls and spirits of the dead are kept (Luke 16:22-23; Acts 2:27). He also said of Capernaum, “It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you” (v. 24). This indicates that Capernaum was worse than Sodom.