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thunder

often referred to in Scripture (Job 40:9; Ps. 77:18; 104:7)

Thunder accompanied the giving of the law at Sinai (Ex. 19:16).

Thunder was sometimes regarded as the voice of God (Job 37:2; Ps. 18:13; 81:7; compare John 12:29).

In answer to Samuel's prayer (1 Sam. 12:17-18), God sent thunder and rain (at Gilgal), and “all the people greatly feared,” for at such a season (the wheat-harvest) thunder and rain were almost unknown in Israel.

Deadly hail mingled with fire and thunder came from God (Ex. 9:13-33) after a warning was given of its coming upon Egypt (compare Ps. 18:13; 105:32-33).

A supernatural thunderstorm caused a panic among the Philistines at Eben-ezer (1 Sam. 7:10-12)

James and John were called by our Lord “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17).

In Job 39:19, instead of “thunder,” as in the Authorized Version, the Revised Version translates (ra'amah) by “quivering main” (marginal note, “shaking”).

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