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Hail (Meterological)

Precipitation in the form of small balls consisting of layers of ice and compact snow, regarded as a plague by biblical writers. Hailstones generally have a diameter of half an inch to one inch. Large hailstones can destroy crops (Exodus 9:25 ,Exodus 9:25,9:31; Psalm 78:47; Haggai 2:17; Revelation 8:7 ) and kill livestock and persons caught in the open (Exodus 9:19 ,Exodus 9:19,9:25; Joshua 10:11; Psalm 78:48 ). The Bible speaks of hail to speak of divine presence, action, and punishment.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Hail (Meterological)'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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