The Hebrew so rendered means
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
Exo 33:9; Num 11:25; Num 12:5; Job 22:14; Psa 18:11).
bright cloud is the symbolical seat of the Divine presence (Exo
29:42, Exo 29:43; Kg1 8:10; Ch2 5:14; Eze 43:4), and was called the Shechinah (q.v.). Jehovah came down upon Sinai in a cloud (Exo
19:9); and the cloud filled the court around the tabernacle in the
wilderness so that Moses could not enter it (Exo 40:34, Exo 40:35).
At the dedication of the temple also the cloud "filled the house of
the Lord" (Kg1 8:10).
in like manner, when
Christ comes the second time he is described as coming "in the
(Matt 17:5; Matt 24:30; Act 1:9, Act 1:11).