Genesis 19:26

“But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But his wife looked backe from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But his wife, from behind him, looked {back,} and she became a pillar of salt.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Lot's wife, looking back, became a pillar of salt.
- Basic English Bible

And his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
- Darby Bible

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
- Webster's Bible

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
- World English Bible

And his wife looketh expectingly from behind him, and she is -- a pillar of salt!
- Youngs Literal Bible

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 19:26


19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him - Herein she disobeyed an express command. Probably she hankered after her house and goods in Sodom, and was loath to leave them. Christ intimates this to be her sin, #Luke 17:31|,32, she too much regarded her stuff. And her looking back spoke an inclination to go back; and therefore our Saviour uses it as a warning against apostasy from our Christian profession. And she became a pillar of salt - She was struck dead in the place, yet her body did not fall down, but stood fixed and erect like a pillar or monument, not liable to waste or decay, as human bodies exposed to the air are, but metamorphosed into a metallic substance, which would last perpetually. Our communion with God consists in our gracious regard to him, and his gracious regard to us. We have here therefore the communion that was between God and Abraham in the event concerning Sodom, as before in the consultation concerning It; for communion with God is to be kept up in providences as well as in ordinances.


Discussion for Genesis 19:26

  • Allwell philips for verse 26
    TRUST IN the LORD But She disobeyed God!
  • Michelle for verse 26
    I believe that lots wife was caught up with the activities in the city, physically she came out but psychologically she could not let go
  • I was pondering this Scripture thinking if some food is too salty it is not fit to eat, only to throw out. She became salt so much that she lost out because she was waste. She specifically disobeyed the command of the angel, this could be a picture of lack of obedience making us completely useless, God 's plans can 't be accomplished by our will, but by His, therefore rendering us useless in the kingdom.
  • I think that it could mean that we should let go of the past and in order to move on, we must not look back to the past.
  • Williams for verse 26
    TRUST GOD OUR LORD.DO AS HE SAY
  • I think it is being used to make a illustration of something, but what could it be. Look at Jesus telling his follower upon this Rock I will build my church. He used Rock several times in the bible to make a statement, why a pillar of salt?

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