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Smith's Bible DictionaryRainbow
the token of the covenant which God made with Noah when he came forth from the ark that the waters should no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. The right interpretation of (Genesis 9:13) seems to be that God took the rainbow, which had hitherto been but a beautiful object shining in the heavens when the sun's rays fell on falling rain, and consecrated it as the sign of his love and the witness of his promise. Ecclus. 43:11. The rainbow is a symbol of God's faithfulness and mercy. In the "rainbow around the throne," (Revelation 4:3) is seen the symbol of hope and the bright emblem of mercy and love, all the more true as a symbol because it is reflected from the storm itself.
ATS Bible DictionaryRainbow
Genesis 9:13-15. This beautiful phenomenon is owing to the refraction of the beams of the sun in passing the drops of falling rain; the rays are separated into the prismatic colors, and then reflected from the cloud opposite to the sun and the spectator. We need not suppose that the rainbow was unknown before the flood; but God then appointed it to be the cheering seal of his covenant with the earth, which is as steadfast as the natural laws from which the rainbow springs.
International Standard Bible EncyclopediaRAINBOW
ran'-bo (qesheth, translated "a bow"; iris, "rainbow"): As most of the rainfall in Palestine is in the form of short heavy showers it is often accompanied by the rainbow. Most beautiful double bows are often seen, and occasionally the moon is bright enough to produce the bow. It is rather remarkable that there are so few references to the rainbow in the Bible. The Hebrew qesheth is the ordinary word for a bow, there being no special word for rainbow.
Easton's Bible DictionaryCaused by the reflection and refraction of the rays of the sun shining on falling rain. It was appointed as a witness of the divine faithfulness (Genesis 9:12-17). It existed indeed before, but it was then constituted as a sign of the covenant. Others, however (as Delitzsch, Commentary on Pentateuch), think that it "appeared then for the first time in the vault and clouds of heaven." It is argued by those holding this opinion that the atmosphere was differently constituted before the Flood. It is referred to three other times in Scripture (Ezek. 1:27, 28; Revelation 4:1-3; 10:1).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary(n.) A bow or arch exhibiting, in concentric bands, the several colors of the spectrum, and formed in the part of the hemisphere opposite to the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in drops of falling rain.
Greek2463. iris -- a rainbow
... a rainbow. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: iris Phonetic Spelling:
(ee'-ris) Short Definition: a rainbow Definition: a rainbow or halo. ...
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Strong's Hebrew7198. qesheth -- a bow
... Word Origin perhaps from qush Definition a bow NASB Word Usage archers* (3), arrows
(1), bow (54), bowman* (1), bowmen (1), bows (13), bowshot* (1), rainbow (1 ...
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I Mark'da Rainbow in the North,
An Advance Step in the Royal Programme
Letter xvii. Harmony of Christian Character.
From the Fourth Chapter.
The Sign for Man and the Remembrancer for God
From the Fall to the Flood.
ThesaurusRainbow (6 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. RAINBOW. ran ... bow. It is rather remarkable
that there are so few references to the rainbow in the Bible. ...
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Bible ConcordanceRainbow (6 Occurrences)
Revelation 4:3 that looked like a jasper stone and a sardius. There was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald to look at. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 10:1 I saw a mighty angel coming down out of the sky, clothed with a cloud. A rainbow was on his head. His face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 9:13 I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth. (WEB NIV)
Genesis 9:14 It will happen, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud, (WEB NIV)
Genesis 9:16 The rainbow will be in the cloud. I will look at it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." (WEB NIV)
Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in a cloud in a day of rain, so 'is' the appearance of the brightness round about. (See NAS NIV)