'Darkness' in the Bible
The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
To rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it.
When the sun was setting, a deep sleep overcame Abram, and a horror (a terror, a shuddering fear) of great darkness assailed and oppressed him.
When the sun had gone down and a [thick] darkness had come on, behold, a smoking oven and a flaming torch passed between those pieces.
And the Lord said to Moses, Stretch out your hand toward the heavens, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness which may be felt.
So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and for three days a thick darkness was all over the land of Egypt.
Coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. It was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians, but it gave light by night to the Israelites; and the one host did not come near the other all night.
And the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick gloom.
These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He spoke not again [added no more]. He wrote them on two tables of stone and gave them to me [Moses].
And when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders;
And you shall grope at noonday as the blind grope in darkness. And you shall not prosper in your ways; and you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to save you.
When they cried to the Lord, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them and covered them; and your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And you lived in the wilderness a long time [forty years].
He will guard the feet of His godly ones, but the wicked shall be silenced and perish in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
The next day Saul put the men in three companies; and they came into the midst of the enemy's camp in the [darkness of the] morning watch and slew the Ammonites until midday; and the survivors were scattered, so that no two of them remained together.
David's men said to him, Behold the day of which the Lord said to you, Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hands and you shall do to him as seems good to you. Then David arose [in the darkness] and stealthily cut off the skirt of Saul's robe.
He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under His feet.
He made darkness His canopy around Him, gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
For You, O Lord, are my Lamp; the Lord lightens my darkness.
Then Solomon said, The Lord said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.
And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried away silver, gold, and clothing, and went and hid them [in the darkness]. Then they entered another tent and carried from there also and went and hid it.
Then Solomon said, The Lord has said that He would dwell in the thick darkness;
Let that day be darkness! May not God above regard it, nor light shine upon it.
Let gloom and deep darkness claim it for their own; let a cloud dwell upon it; let all that blackens the day terrify it (the day that I was born).
As for that night, let thick darkness seize it; let it not rejoice among the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months.
In the daytime they meet in darkness, and at noon they grope as in the night.
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death,
The land of sunless gloom as intense darkness, [the land] of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as thick darkness.
And [your] life shall be clearer than the noonday and rise above it; though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
He uncovers deep things out of darkness and brings into light black gloom and the shadow of death.
He believes that he will not return out of darkness, and [because of his guilt] he is waited for by the sword [of God's vengeance].
He wanders abroad for food, saying, Where is it? He knows that the day of darkness and destruction is already close upon him.
He shall not depart out of darkness [and escape from calamity; the wrath of God] shall consume him as flame consumes a dry tree, and by the blast of His mouth he shall be swept away.
These [thoughts] extend from the night into the day, [so that] the light is short because of darkness.
But if I look to Sheol (the unseen state) as my abode, if I spread my couch in the darkness,
He shall be thrust from light into darkness and driven out of the world.
He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, and He has set darkness upon my paths.
Therefore you say, How and what does God know [about me]? Can He judge through the thick darkness?
Because I was not cut off before the darkness [of these woes befell me], neither has He covered the thick darkness from my face.
For midnight is morning to all of them; for they are familiar with the terrors of deep darkness.
He has placed an enclosing limit [the horizon] upon the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.
Man sets an end to darkness, and he searches out the farthest bounds for the ore buried in gloom and deep darkness.
When His lamp shone above and upon my head and by His light I walked through darkness;
But when I looked for good, then evil came to me; and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
There is no darkness nor thick gloom where the evildoers may hide themselves.
When I made the clouds the garment of it, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,
Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of deep darkness?
Where is the way where light dwells? And as for darkness, where is its abode,
For see, the wicked are bending the bow; they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they [furtively] in darkness may shoot at the upright in heart.
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten the eyes [of my faith to behold Your face in the pitchlike darkness], lest I sleep the sleep of death,
He bowed the heavens also and came down; and thick darkness was under His feet.
He made darkness His secret hiding place; as His pavilion (His canopy) round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine; the Lord my God illumines my darkness.
Though You have distressingly broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with deep darkness, even with the shadow of death.
[The magistrates and judges] know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in the darkness [of complacent satisfaction]; all the foundations of the earth [the fundamental principles upon which rests the administration of justice] are shaking.
You have laid me in the depths of the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
Lover and friend have You put far from me; my familiar friends are darkness and the grave.
Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.
Clouds and darkness are round about Him [as at Sinai]; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
You [O Lord] make darkness and it becomes night, in which creeps forth every wild beast of the forest.
He sent [thick] darkness and made the land dark, and they [God's two servants] rebelled not against His word.
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and in irons,
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke apart the bonds that held them.
Light arises in the darkness for the upright, gracious, compassionate, and just [who are in right standing with God].
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me,
Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].
Men who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in complete darkness.
Then I saw that even [human] wisdom [that brings sorrow] is better than [the pleasures of] folly as far as light is better than darkness.
The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness; and yet I perceived that [in the end] one event happens to them both.
All his days also he eats in darkness [cheerlessly, with no sweetness and light in them], and much sorrow and sickness and wrath are his.
For [the untimely one] comes in futility and goes into darkness, and in darkness his name is covered.
Yes, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all; yet let him [seriously] remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. All that comes is vanity (emptiness, falsity, vainglory, and futility)!
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
And in that day they [the army from afar] shall roar against [the Jews] like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; and the light [itself] will be darkened by the clouds of it.
Or look to the earth, they will behold only distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish, and into thick darkness and widespread, obscure night they shall be driven away.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; those who dwelt in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death, upon them has the Light shined.
In that day [the Lord will deliver Israel from her enemies and also from the rebel powers of evil and darkness] His sharp and unrelenting, great, and strong sword will visit and punish Leviathan the swiftly fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting and winding serpent; and He will slay the monster that is in the sea.
And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and out of obscurity and gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.
And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known. I will make darkness into light before them and make uneven places into a plain. These things I have determined to do [for them]; and I will not leave them forsaken.
And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.
I form the light and create darkness, I make peace [national well-being] and I create [physical] evil (calamity); I am the Lord, Who does all these things.
I have not spoken in secret, in a corner of the land of darkness; I did not call the descendants of Jacob [to a fruitless service], saying, Seek Me for nothing [but I promised them a just reward]. I, the Lord, speak righteousness (the truth -- "trustworthy, straightforward correspondence between deeds and words); I declare things that are right.
Sit in silence and go into darkness, O Daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the lady and mistress of kingdoms.
Saying to those who are bound, Come forth, and to those who are in [spiritual] darkness, Show yourselves [come into the light of the Sun of righteousness]. They shall feed in all the ways [in which they go], and their pastures shall be [not in deserts, but] on all the bare [grass-covered] hills.
Who is among you who [reverently] fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and deep trouble and has no shining splendor [in his heart]? Let him rely on, trust in, and be confident in the name of the Lord, and let him lean upon and be supported by his God.
And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.
Therefore are justice and right far from us, and righteousness and salvation do not overtake us. We expectantly wait for light, but [only] see darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity and gloom.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you.
Nor did they say, Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death and deep darkness, through a land that no man passes through and where no man dwells?
O generation [that you are]! Behold, consider, and regard the word of the Lord: Have I been a wilderness to Israel [like a land without food]? A land of deep darkness [like a way without light]? Why do My people say, We have broken loose [we are free and will roam at large]; we will come no more to You?
Give glory to the Lord your God before He brings darkness and before your feet stumble upon the dark and twilit mountains, and [before], while you are looking for light, He turns it into the shadow of death and makes it thick darkness.
[Prolonged famine has made] them look blacker than soot and darkness; they are not recognized in the streets. Their skin clings to their bones; it is withered and it has become [dry] like a stick.
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