Geographical objects and features
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cloud [Heb. ‘ānān, ‘āḇ, šaḥaq, also nāśî’, ḥāzîz (Zec. 10:1), arîp̱îm (Isa. 5:30); Gk. nephélē, also néphos (fig, He. 12:1)]; AV also HEAVENS, VAPOUR; NEB also HILL-TOPS (Isa. 5:30), MIST, etc.; the RSV has “clouds” also for the difficult Heb. ṭuḥôṯ, Job 38:36 (AV “inward parts”;
Cloudburst [Heb. nep̱eṣ] (Isa. 30:30); AV SCATTERING. The literal meaning of the Hebrew is “shattering,” “scattering,” or “dispensing”; here the context indicates that “clouds” is the implied object.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
clouds. Because they were seasonally limited harbingers of life-giving rain (Luke 12:54), clouds were often perceived as manifestations of divine power by both Canaanites and Israelites. Ugaritic texts call the storm god Baal “Cloud Rider,” and in Ps. 68:5 Israel applies that same title to God. The covenant
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CLOUD. The word is used many times. Basically, it refers to the literal clouds in the sky, as in Gen 9:13, 14, 16; Lk 12:54. However, it is frequently used figuratively as in Ezk 8:11; Heb 12:1. The word is also used in another sense to indicate the presence of God to guide His people (Ex 13:21, 22;
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CLOUD. The regularity of the seasons in the Mediterranean area gives climatic significance to the appearance of clouds. But apart from the direction of wind influencing the weather and the colour of the evening sky, there is little evidence that the Hebrews understood the meteorological signs.Clouds
Catholic Bible Dictionary
CLOUD A cloud in the Bible may be a simple rain cloud (Judg 5:14; Isa 5:6), but it can also be a visible manifestation of the divine Spirit. (See CCC 697.) In the Old Testament, a cloud is almost always mentioned when God makes his glory visible (Exod 19:16; Judg 5:4; Ezek 1:4). The pillar of cloud by
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Cloud. The shelter given, and refreshment of rain promised, by clouds given 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. Prov. 16:15; Isa. 18:4;
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
CLOUD. The allusions to clouds in Scripture, as well as their use in symbolical language, can only be understood when we remember the nature of the climate, where there is hardly a trace of cloud from the beginning of May to the close of September. During this season clouds so seldom appear and rains
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
CloudThe Hebrew so rendered means “a covering,” because clouds cover the sky. The word is used as a symbol of the Divine presence, as indicating the splendour of that glory which it conceals (Ex. 16:10; 33:9; Num. 11:25; 12:5; Job 22:14; Ps. 18:11). A “cloud without rain” is a proverbial saying, denoting
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Cloudsclouds, masses of water vapor suspended in the air. Seasonally limited and encountered as harbingers of life-giving rains in winter, clouds were experienced and perceived as an awesome manifestation of divine power by the Canaanites and ancient Israelites. The Ugaritic texts call the storm god
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CLOUD — a visible mass of fine droplets of water or particles of ice suspended above the earth’s surface. In the Bible, clouds are symbolic of many things.The skies over Israel are virtually cloudless from the beginning of May until the end of September. Thus, Samuel’s calling forth the harvest rain
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
CloudRarely do clouds appear in the Bible in a simple meteorological context, but the limited references to clouds and weather reveal that the Hebrews were careful observers of nature. Elijah’s servant knew that a cloud rising from the sea meant rain (1 Kings 18:44) and that in contrast the high cirrus
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CLOUD<kloud> ([עָנָן‎, ̀anan], [עָב‎, ̀abh]; [νεφέλη, nephele], [νέφος, nephos]):