Genesis 19:26

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 19:26

∂ 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 for Genesis 19:26

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

  • Carolyn on Genesis 19:26
    The bible says that we are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its savour then its good for nothing. It also states that we are to press toward the mark of a higher calling and leave the former things behind. We cant move forward if we keep looking back then we are bound to destruction we are bound to bump our head. I believe the Lord allowed Lot's wife to turn into a pillar of salt leaving her in past which is where she wanted to remain. Lots wife was disobedient and therefore good for nothing.
  • Allwell philips on Genesis 19:26
    TRUST IN the LORD But She disobeyed God!
  • Michelle on Genesis 19:26
    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
  • Reba on Genesis 19:26
    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.
  • Marie on Genesis 19:26
    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 on Genesis 19:26
    TRUST GOD OUR LORD.DO AS HE SAY
  • Mattie on Genesis 19:26
    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?
  • Sylvester Edobor on Genesis 19:26
    What I learnt from this verse is that there are some things in our life that we should let go and wipe out of our memory totally.No matter how expensive they seems or how hard we've laboured for them, If sudenly we loose them,we should still praise God and forget about it all, knowing that we are serving Jehovah Jireh (the God that provide) we should move ahead in God new direction. As christians we should trust in God for greater life ahead of us.Lot wife was filled with the thought of what she was loosing in Sodom, so she became a pilar of salt .apart from the fact that salt is use for preservation.we should also know that a salty land is good for nothing,it's a waste land,A salty land can neither be use for farming nor for building,that is to say that anytime we consentrate on what we've lost in our old life we become unproductive in our present life.
  • Sylvester Edobor on Genesis 19:26
    What I learnt from this verse is that there are some things in our life that we should let go and totally wipe out of our memory. No matter how expensive they seem or how hard we've laboured for them. If we suddenly loose them, we should still praise God and forget about them all, knowing that we are serving Jehovah Jireh (the God that provide). We should move ahead in Godís new direction. As Christians, we should trust in God for greater life ahead of us. Lotís wife was filled with the thought of what she was losing in Sodom, so she became a pillar of salt. Apart from the fact that salt is used for preservation. We should also know that a salty land is good for nothing, it's a waste land. A salty land can neither be use for farming nor for building. That is to say that anytime we concentrate on what we've lost in our old life we become unproductive in our present life.
  • Vetta on Genesis 19:26
    This verse in the bible leaves me to question not so much is the WORD of God is true and fact, but more so of the interpretation of this verse. I say the same that in the scriptures salt has been used as a seasoning and preservation. So, how is it that in this verse that Lot's wife turned into a physcial pillar of salt? Or is that scripture meant in different translations that Lot's wife because of her looking back into the city of Sodom that she was preserved in her memory of what she was missing or loosing? I believe something happened to Lot's wife BUT did she actually turned into a HARD CONCRETE PILLAR STATUE or was she perserved as salt in her mind that she was consumed and turned back to look upon what she was going to miss as she departed the city of Sodom?


 

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