Parallel Bible VersionsHebrew Bible Study Tools

Genesis 19:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But his wife, from behind him, looked [back], and she became a pillar of salt.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But his wife looked from behind him,—and became—a pillar of salt.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And his wife looketh expectingly from behind him, and she is—a pillar of salt!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And his wife looking behind her, was turned into a statue of salt.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But his wife looked backe from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And his wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But his wife 802
{0802} Prime
אִשָּׁה
'ishshah
{ish-shaw'}
The first form is the feminine of H0376 or H0582; the second form is an irregular plural; a woman (used in the same wide sense as H0582).
looked x5027
(5027) Complement
נָבַט
nabat
{naw-bat'}
A primitive root; to scan, that is, look intently at; by implication to regard with pleasure, favor or care.
back y5027
[5027] Standard
נָבַט
nabat
{naw-bat'}
A primitive root; to scan, that is, look intently at; by implication to regard with pleasure, favor or care.
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
from behind x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
x310
(0310) Complement
אַחַר
'achar
{akh-ar'}
From H0309; properly the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjugation, after (in various senses).
him, y310
[0310] Standard
אַחַר
'achar
{akh-ar'}
From H0309; properly the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjugation, after (in various senses).
and she became x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
a pillar 5333
{5333} Prime
נְצִיב
n@tsiyb
{nets-eeb'}
From H5324; something stationary, that is, a prefect, a military post, a statue.
of salt. 4417
{4417} Prime
מֶּלַח
melach
{meh'-lakh}
From H4414; properly powder, that is, (specifically) salt (as easily pulverized and dissolved).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 19:26

_ _ Lot was accompanied by his wife and two daughters. But whether it was from irresistible curiosity or perturbation of feeling, or that she was about to return to save something, his wife lingered, and while thus disobeying the parting counsel, “to look not back, nor stay in all the plain” [Genesis 19:17], the torrent of liquid lava enveloped her so that she became the victim of her supine indolence or sinful rashness.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Genesis 19:26

_ _ This also is written for our admonition. Our Saviour refers to it (Luke 17:32), Remember Lot's wife. As by the example of Sodom the wicked are warned to turn from their wickedness, so by the example of Lot's wife the righteous are warned not to turn from their righteousness. See Ezekiel 3:18, Ezekiel 3:20. We have here,

_ _ I. The sin of Lot's wife: She looked back from behind him. This seemed a small thing, but we are sure, by the punishment of it, that it was a great sin, and exceedingly sinful. 1. She disobeyed an express command, and so sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, which ruined us all. 2. Unbelief was at the bottom of it; she questioned whether Sodom would be destroyed, and thought she might still have been safe in it. 3. She looked back upon her neighbours whom she had left behind with more concern than was fit, now that their day of grace was over, and divine justice was glorifying itself in their ruin. See Isaiah 66:24. 4. Probably she hankered after her house and goods in Sodom, and was loth to leave them. Christ intimates this to be her sin (Luke 17:31, Luke 17:32); she too much regarded her stuff. 5. Her looking back evinced an inclination to go back; and therefore our Saviour uses it as a warning against apostasy from our Christian profession. We have all renounced the world and the flesh, and have set our faces heaven-ward; we are in the plain, upon our probation; and it is at our peril if we return into the interests we profess to have abandoned. Drawing back is to perdition, and looking back is towards it. Let us therefore fear, Hebrews 4:1.

_ _ II. The punishment of Lot's wife for this sin. 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 nor decay, as human bodies exposed to the air are, but metamorphosed into a metallic substance which would last perpetually. Come, behold the goodness and severity of God (Romans 11:22), towards Lot, who went forward, goodness; towards his wife, who looked back, severity. Though she was nearly related to a righteous man, though better than her neighbours, and though a monument of distinguishing mercy in her deliverance out of Sodom, yet God did not connive at her disobedience; for great privileges will not secure us from the wrath of God if we do not carefully and faithfully improve them. This pillar of salt should season us. Since it is such a dangerous thing to look back, let us always press forward, Philippians 3:13, Philippians 3:14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Genesis 19:26

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a (n) pillar of salt.

(n) Concerning the body only: this was a notable monument of God's vengeance to all who passed that way.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
looked:
This unhappy woman, says the Rev. T. Scott, "looked back," contrary to God's express command, perhaps with a hope of returning, which latter supposition is favoured by our Lord's words, "Let him not return back. Remember Lot's wife." She was, therefore, instantaneously struck dead and petrified, and thus remained to after ages a visible monument of the Divine displeasure.
Genesis 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man [shall be satisfied] from himself.
Luke 17:31-32 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. ... Remember Lot's wife.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

and:

Numbers 16:38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates [for] a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.
Random Bible VersesNew Quotes



Chain-Reference Bible Search

Gn 19:17. Nu 16:38. Pv 14:14. Lk 17:31. He 10:38.

Newest Chat Bible Comment
Comment HereComplete Biblical ResearchComplete Chat Bible Commentary
Please post your comment on Genesis 19:26.
Name:

WWW Chat Bible Commentary

User-Posted Comments on Genesis 19:26


Recent Chat Bible Comments