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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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The general division of the night among the Hebrews has been described under Day; and it only remains to indicate a few marked applications of the word. The term of human life is usually called a day in Scripture but in one passage it is called night, to be followed soon by day, 'the day is at hand' (). Being a time of darkness, the image an shadow of death, in which the beasts of prey go forth to devour, it was made a symbol of a season of adversity and trouble, in which men prey upon each other, and the strong tyrannize over the weak (; ; comp. ; ). Hence continued day, or the absence of night, implies a constant state of quiet and happiness, undisturbed by the vicissitudes of peace and war. Night is also put, as in our own language, for a time of ignorance and helplessness (). In , night represent death, a necessary result of the correlative usage which makes life a day.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Night'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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