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Holman Bible Dictionary
A signal given by shouting or playing an instrument. The Hebrew term (terucah) means literally a shout, but musical instruments were used as the trumpets of Numbers 10:1-10
. The alarm called the wilderness community to march (Numbers 10:5-6
). The alarm was a special, unspecified, sound of the trumpets, for they could be blown without sounding the alarm to march (Numbers 10:7
). The alarm called later Israel to battle (Numbers 10:9
) and reminded them of God's presence with their armies. Compare Numbers 31:6
. The alarm is sounded against the enemy of God's people (2 Chronicles 13:12
). Joshua 6:1
describes a different alarm system. The priests march with horns, instruments distinct from trumpets, and the people shout a great shout or alarm (terucah) before God's miraculous act. The trumpet could also sound the alarm on a great religious day ( Leviticus 25:9
), and Israel could raise a shout of joy (1 Samuel 4:5
). The alarm did not always bring joy. The alarm announcing the enemy coming in war brought shock, sadness, and fear (Jeremiah 4:19
; Hosea 5:8
). The greatest fear should come, however, when God sounds the alarm for His day (Joel 2:1
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Alarm'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/a/alarm.html. 1991.