American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
The ancient Hebrews began their artificial day at evening, and ended it the next evening, so that the night proceeded the day. This usage may probably be traced to the terms employed in describing the creation, Genesis 1:5,8,13 , etc., "The evening and the morning were the first day." The Hebrews allowed twelve to the day; but these hours were not equal, except at the equinox. At other times, when the hours of the night were long, those of the day were short, as in winter; and when the hours of night were short, as at midsummer, the hours of the day were long in proportion. See HOURS .
The nights are sometimes extremely cold in Syria, when the days are very hot; and travelers in the deserts and among the mountains near Palestine refer to their own sufferings from these opposite extremes, in illustration of Jacob's words in Genesis 31:40 , "In the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes."
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Night'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/n/night.html. 1859.