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Thunder

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Thunder. Thunder is hardly ever heard in Palestine, from the middle of April to the middle of September; hence, it was selected by Samuel, as a striking expression of the divine displeasure, toward the Israelites. 1 Samuel 12:17. Rain, in harvest, was deemed as extraordinary as snow in summer, Proverbs 26:1, and Jerome states that he had never witnessed it, in the latter part of June or in July. Amos 4:7.

In the imaginative philosophy of the Hebrews, thunder was regarded as the voice of Jehovah, Job 37:2; Job 37:4-5; Job 40:9; Psalms 18:13; Psalms 29:3-9; Isaiah 30:30-31, who dwelt behind the thunder-cloud. Psalms 81:7. Thunder was, to the mind of the Jew, the symbol of divine power, Psalms 29:3. etc., and vengeance. 1 Samuel 2:10; 2 Samuel 22:14.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Thunder'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/t/thunder.html. 1901.

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