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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Night

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The ancient Hebrews began their artificial day in the evening, and ended it the next evening; so that the night preceded the day, whence it is said, "evening and morning one day," Genesis 1:5 . They allowed twelve hours to the night, and twelve to the day. Night is put for a time of affliction and adversity: "Thou hast proved mine heart, thou hast visited me in the night, thou hast tried me," Psalms 17:3; that is, by adversity and tribulation. And "the morning cometh, and also the night," Isaiah 21:12 . Night is also put for the time of death: "The night cometh, wherein no man can work," John 9:4 . Children of the day, and children of the night, in a moral and figurative sense, denote good men and wicked men, Christians and Gentiles. The disciples of the Son of God are children of light: they belong to the light, they walk in the light of truth; while the children of the night walk in the darkness of ignorance and infidelity, and perform only works of darkness. "Ye are all the children of the light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness," 1 Thessalonians 5:5 .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Night'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/n/night.html. 1831-2.

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