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The shelter given, and refreshment of rain promised, by clouds give them their peculiar prominence in Oriental imagery. When a cloud appears rain is ordinarily apprehended, and thus the "cloud without rain" becomes a proverb for the man of promise without performance. (Proverbs 16:15 ; Isaiah 18:4 ; 25:5 ; Jude 1:12 ) comp. Proverbs 25:14 The cloud is a figure of transitoriness, ( Job 30:15 ; Hosea 6:4 ) and of whatever intercepts divine favor or human supplication. (Lamentations 2:1 ; 3:44 ) A bright cloud at times visited and rested on the mercy-seat. (Exodus 29:42,43 ; 1 Kings 8:10,11 ; 2 Chronicles 5:14 ; Ezekiel 43:4 ) and was by later writers named Shechinah.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Cloud'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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