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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g3509 Greek: nephos


denotes "a cloudy, shapeless mass covering the heavens." Hence, metaphorically, of "a dense multitude, a throng," Hbr 12:1.

2 Strong's Number: g3507 Greek: nephele


"a definitely shaped cloud, or masses of clouds possessing definite form," is used, besides the physical element,

(a) of the "cloud" on the mount of transfiguration, Mat 17:5;

(b) of the "cloud" which covered Israel in the Red Sea, 1Cr 10:1, 2;

(c) of "clouds" seen in the Apocalyptic visions, Rev 1:7; 10:1; 11:12; 14:14-16;

(d) metaphorically in 2Pe 2:17, of the evil workers there mentioned; but RV, "and mists" (homichle), according to the most authentic mss.

In 1Th 4:17, the "clouds" referred to in connection with the Rapture of the saints are probably the natural ones, as also in the case of those in connection with Christ's Second Advent to the earth. See Mat 24:30; 26:64, and parallel passages. So at the Ascension, Act 1:9.

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