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Darkness

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

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The absence of natural light, Genesis 1:2 , and hence figuratively a state of misery and adversity, Job 18:6 Psalm 107:10 Isaiah 8:22 9:1; also the absence of the sun and stars, and hence the fall of chief men and national convulsions, Isaiah 13:10 Acts 2:20 . "Works of darkness," are the impure mysteries practiced in heathen worship, Ephesians 5:11 . "Outer darkness" illustrates the gloom of those on whom the gates of heaven are closed, Matthew 8:12 . The darkness in Egypt, Exodus 10:21-23 , was miraculous; also that which covered all Judea with sympathetic gloom at the crucifixion of Christ, Luke 23:43 . This could not have been caused by an eclipse of the sun; for at Passover the moon was full, and on the opposite side of the earth from the sun.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Darkness'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ats/​d/darkness.html. 1859.
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