Hebrew: גָּפְרִית—transliteration: gophrith
Greek: θεῖον —transliteration: theion
Meaning: burning stone or stone that burns
Origin of the word “brimstone”: It comes from the Old English “brynstan,” from “brin” (stem of brinnen “to burn”), plus “stan” (stone).
It is commonly accepted that brimstone is sulphur which is commonly found on the brims (rims) of volcanos. This flammable mineral is found in quantities on the shores of the Dead Sea and to the south nearby.
In Isaiah 34:9 allusion is made to the destruction of these cities.
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