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Lot's Wife/ Pillar of Salt
Transcript of Lot's Wife/ Pillar of Salt
This is a biblical allusion. Lot was the nephew of Abraham. He lived in the city of Sodom with his wife and daughters. Sodom was a city known for its wickedness and reputation of sin. One day, god announced to Abraham that he was going to destroy Sodom and all of its wicked inhabitants. Abraham begged god to pardon Lot, his wife, and daughters from this destruction. God agreed on the condition that Lot and the family members he was taking with him not look back on the burning city as they fled. Lot's wife did not obey this instruction. She looked back on the city and was consequently transformed into a pillar of salt as punishment from God. Today's Meaning:
Today, the allusion "Lot's Wife" usually refers to a person who unwisely chooses to look back once he or she has decided a course of action or to someone who disobeys an explicit command. Examples:
A person who goes back into a burning building to retrieve something valuable.
Someone who lets a previous mistake prevent him or her from making progress.
An individual who decides to streak in the middle of a public place or at a sporting event.
Mr. Behm's 1st Period on a "quiet" reading day.