4357 salt
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A basic commodity, used for seasoning and preserving food in biblical times.

The importance of salt in the sacrificial system

Leviticus 2:13 See also Exodus 30:34-35 The addition of salt to incense was probably to make it burn more easily and quickly; Ezra 6:6-10; Ezra 7:21-23; Ezekiel 43:22-24

The covenant of salt

Numbers 18:17-19 See also Leviticus 2:13; 2 Chronicles 13:4-5

Believers as the salt of the earth

Matthew 5:13 This teaching reflects the importance of salt as a preservative and seasoning. See also Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34-35

Salt as a symbol of desolation

Zephaniah 2:9 See also Deuteronomy 29:23-25; Job 39:5-6; Psalm 107:33-34; Jeremiah 17:5-8

Salt sown on arable land to render it worthless

Jeremiah 48:8-9 See also Judges 9:42-45

Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt

Genesis 19:23-26

The Dead Sea an important source of salt

Ezekiel 47:11

Salt water

James 3:9-12 See also Ezekiel 47:7-9

Salt herbs

Job 30:4

Practical uses of salt

Salt used as a seasoning

Job 6:6-7

Salt rubbed on newborn infants

Ezekiel 16:4

Symbolic use of salt

2 Kings 2:19-22

Figurative use of salt

Mark 9:49 See also Ezra 4:14 The literal translation of the Hebrew phrase used here is “... we eat the salt of the palace ...”; Colossians 4:6

Salt in place-names

The Dead Sea

Joshua 12:3 The Dead Sea was known as “the Salt Sea” or “the Sea of the Arabah” in biblical times. See also Genesis 14:3; Numbers 34:3-4,10-12; Deuteronomy 3:16-17; Joshua 3:15-16; Joshua 15:2-3,5-6; Joshua 18:19

The Valley of Salt

2 Samuel 8:13 See also 2 Kings 14:7 pp 2 Chronicles 25:11; 1 Chronicles 18:12

The City of Salt

Joshua 15:62

See also

1350  covenant with Israel's priests
4293  water
4306  minerals
4466  herbs and spices
5546  speech
5655  birth
6130  corruption
7322  burnt offering
7368  grain offering
7386  incense
7435  sacrifice, in OT

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