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Holman Bible Dictionary
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
; Psalm 78:47
; Haggai 2:17
; Revelation 8:7
) and kill livestock and persons caught in the open (Exodus 9:19
; Joshua 10:11
; Psalm 78:48
). The Bible speaks of hail to speak of divine presence, action, and punishment.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Hail (Meterological)'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/h/hail-meterological.html. 1991.