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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Covenant of Salt

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(בְּרַית מֶלִח ). This phrase is supposed to denote a perpetual covenant, in the sealing or ratification of which salt was used.' As salt was added to different kinds of viands, not only to give them a relish, but to preserve them from putrefaction and decay, it became the emblem of incorruptibility and permanence. Hence a "covenant of salt" signified an everlasting covenant (Numbers 18:19; Leviticus 2:13; 2 Chronicles 13:5). (See SALT).


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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Covenant of Salt'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/tce/c/covenant-of-salt.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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