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Nephew of Abraham. He emigrated with Abraham from Ur to Canaan and settled in Sodom, a city so evil that God decided to destroy it. Warned by angels of the coming disaster, Lot fled the city with his family. His wife disobeyed God's orders by looking back at the burning city and was turned into a pillar of salt. Lot later had children by his own daughters, and they became the founders of the Moabite and Ammonite nations, enemies of Israel. See alsoSodom and Gomorrah.
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