Dictionary Mode: easton:Cloud
Cloud @ The 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 Exodus:16:10 Exodus:33:9; Numbers:11:25 Numbers:12:5; Job:22:14; Psalms:18:11). A "cloud without rain" is a proverbial saying, denoting a man who does not keep his promise Proverbs:16:15; Isaiah:18:4 Isaiah:25:5; Jude:1:1:12). A cloud is the figure of that which is transitory Job:30:15; Hosea:6:4). A bright cloud is the symbolical seat of the Divine presence Exodus:29:42-43; kjvKings:8:10; 2Chronicals:5:14; Ezekiel:43:4), and was called the Shechinah (q.v.). Jehovah came down upon Sinai in a cloud Exodus:19:9); and the cloud filled the court around the tabernacle in the wilderness so that Moses could not enter it Exodus:40:34-35). At the dedication of the temple also the cloud "filled the house of the Lord" (kjvKings:8:10). Thus in like manner when Christ comes the second time he is described as coming "in the clouds" Matthew:17:5 Matthew:24:30; Acts:1:9-11). False teachers are likened unto clouds carried about with a tempest ( 2Peter:2:17). The infirmities of old age, which come one after another, are compared by Solomon to "clouds returning after the rain" Ecclesiastes:12:2). The blotting out of sins is like the sudden disappearance of threatening clouds from the sky Isaiah:44:22). Cloud, the pillar of, was the glory-cloud which indicated God's presence leading the ransomed people through the wilderness Exodus:13:22 Exodus:33:9-10). This pillar preceded the people as they marched, resting on the ark Exodus:13:21 Exodus:40:36). By night it became a pillar of fire Numbers:9:17-23).
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