Its direct reference is to Lot (لوط Lūṭ in Arabic) and a more literal interpretation of the word is "the practice of Lot", but more accurately it means "the practice of Lot's people" (the Sodomites) rather than Lot himself.The word sod, a noun or verb (to "sod off") used as an insult, is derived from sodomite.However, in New Zealand and Australia it is not considered offensive at all, but only 'coarse', because it is locally assumed, even if incorrectly, that it refers to 'sod' as in a wet clump of dirt.While religion and the law have had a fundamental role in the historical definition and punishment of sodomy, sodomitical texts present considerable opportunities for ambiguity and interpretation.It is a general-purpose insult term for anyone the speaker dislikes without specific reference to their sexual behaviour.Sod is used as slang in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and is considered mildly offensive.
Some modern translations as the NIV render it as "sexual immorality".
Jude 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
In this regard, Ian Mc Cormick has argued that "an adequate and imaginative reading involves a series of intertextual interventions in which histories become stories, fabrications and reconstructions in lively debate with, and around, 'dominant' heterosexualities ...
Deconstructing what we think we see may well involve reconstructing ourselves in surprising and unanticipated ways." In the Hebrew Bible, Sodom was a city destroyed by God because of the evil of its inhabitants.