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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Storms usually come from the Southwest. "Out of the ... south cometh the storm" (Job 37:9 ); yet in Ezekiel's vision he saw a whirlwind coming out of the north (Ezekiel 1:4 ). Elijah "went up by a whirlwind into heaven" (2 Kings 2:11 ). The whirlwind indicates the power and might of Yahweh: "Yahweh hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm" (Nahum 1:3 ); He "answered Job out of the whirlwind" (Job 38:1 ).
Most of the Scriptural uses are figurative ; of destruction: "He will take them away with a whirlwind" ( Psalm 58:9; Proverbs 1:27; Proverbs 10:25; Hosea 13:3; Daniel 11:40; Amos 1:14; Habakkuk 3:14; Zechariah 7:14 ); of quickness: "wheels as a whirlwind" (Isaiah 5:28; Isaiah 66:15; Jeremiah 4:13 ); of the anger of God: "A whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury" (Jeremiah 23:19 the King James Version); of punishment to the wicked: "A continuing whirlwind ... shall fall ... on the wicked" ( Jeremiah 30:23 the King James Version).
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Whirlwind'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/w/whirlwind.html. 1915.