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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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 (Exd 16:10; 33:9; Num 11:25; 12:5; Job 22:14; Psa 18:11). A "cloud without rain" is a proverbial saying, denoting a man who does not keep his promise (Pro 16:15; Isa 18:4; 25:5; Jud 1:12). A cloud is the figure of that which is transitory (Job 30:15; Hsa 6:4). A bright cloud is the symbolical seat of the Divine presence (Exd 29:42,43; 1Ki 8:10; 2Ch 5:14; Eze 43:4), and was called the Shechinah (q.v.). Jehovah came down upon Sinai in a cloud (Exd 19:9); and the cloud filled the court around the tabernacle in the wilderness so that Moses could not enter it (Exd 40:34,35). At the dedication of the temple also the cloud "filled the house of the Lord" (1Ki 8:10). Thus in like manner when Christ comes the second time he is described as coming "in the clouds" (Mat 17:5; 24:30; Act 1:9,11). False teachers are likened unto clouds carried about with a tempest (2Pe 2:17). The infirmities of old age, which come one after another, are compared by Solomon to "clouds returning after the rain" (Ecc 12:2). The blotting out of sins is like the sudden disappearance of threatening clouds from the sky (Isa 44:22).

Cloud, the pillar of, was the glory-cloud which indicated God's presence leading the ransomed people through the wilderness (Exd 13:22; 33:9,10). This pillar preceded the people as they marched, resting on the ark (Exd 13:21; 40:36). By night it became a pillar of fire (Num 9:17-23).

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