Darkness @ The plague (the ninth) of darkness in Egypt Exodus:10:21) is described as darkness "which may be felt." It covered "all the land of Egypt," so that "they saw not one another." It did not extend to the land of Goshen (ver. 23). When Jesus hung upon the cross Matthew:27:45; Luke:23:44), from the "sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour." On Mount Sinai, Moses Exodus:20:21) "drew near unto the thick darkness where God was." This was the "thick cloud upon the mount" in which Jehovah was when he spake unto Moses there. The Lord dwelt in the cloud upon the mercy-seat (kjvKings:8:12), the cloud of glory. When the psalmist Psalms:97:2) describes the inscrutable nature of God's workings among the sons of men, he says, "Clouds and darkness are round about him." God dwells in thick darkness. Darkness Isaiah:13:9-10; Matthew:24:29) also is a symbol of the judgments that attend on the coming of the Lord. It is a symbol of misery and adversity Job:18:6; Psalms:107:10; Isaiah:8:22; Ezekiel:30:18). The "day of darkness" in Joel:2:2, caused by clouds of locusts, is a symbol of the obscurity which overhangs all divine proceedings. "Works of darkness" are impure actions Ephesians:5:11). "Outer darkness" refers to the darkness of the streets in the East, which are never lighted up by any public or private lamps after nightfall, in contrast with the blaze of cheerful light in the house. It is also a symbol of ignorance Isaiah:9:2Isaiah:60:2; Matthew:6:23) and of death Job:10:21Job:17:13).
DARKNESS @ - is spoken of as encompassing the actual presence of God, as that out of which he speaks, --the envelope, as it were, of divine glory. Exodus:20:21; Kings:8:12) The plague of darkness in Egypt was miraculous. The darkness "over all the land," Matthew:27:45) attending the crucifixion has been attributed to an eclipse, but was undoubtedly miraculous, as no eclipse of the sun could have taken place at that time, the moon being at the full at the time of the passover. Darkness is also, as in the expression "land of darkness," used for the state of the dead, Job:10:21-22) and frequently, figuratively, for ignorance and unbelief, as the privation of spiritual light. John:1:5John:3:19)