Whirlwind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A violent windstorm of limited extent, as the tornado, characterized by an inward spiral motion of the air with an upward current in the center; a vortex of air. It usually has a rapid progressive motion.

2. (n.) Fig.: A body of objects sweeping violently onward.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
WHIRLWIND

hwurl'-wind (cuphah (Pr 1:27; 10:25; Isaiah 5:28; 17:13; 66:15:00; Ho 8:7; Am 1:14; Nab 1:3), ca`ar (Habakkuk 3:14 Zechariah 7:14 Hosea 13:3 Psalm 58:9 Daniel 11:40), ce`arah (2 Kings 2:1 Job 38:1; Job 40:6 Isaiah 40:24; Isaiah 41:16 Zechariah 9:14)): When two currents from opposite directions meet, a circular motion results called a whirlwind. On the sea this takes up small particles of water from the sea and condenses some of the moisture in the clouds above, forming a great funnel-shaped column. They are quite common off the coast of Syria. Considerable damage might be done to a small ship overtaken by them. In the desert sand is taken up in the same way, causing terrible sandstorms which are greatly dreaded by caravans. Most of the references in the Bible do not necessarily imply a circular motion, and the word "tempest" might be used in translation.

Storms usually come from the Southwest. "Out of the.... south cometh the storm" (Job 37:9); yet in Ezekiel's vision he saw a whirlwind coming out of the north (Ezekiel 1:4). Elijah "went up by a whirlwind into heaven" (2 Kings 2:11). The whirlwind indicates the power and might of Yahweh: "Yahweh hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm" (Nahum 1:3); He "answered Job out of the whirlwind" (Job 38:1).

Most of the Scriptural uses are figurative; of destruction: "He will take them away with a whirlwind" (Psalm 58:9 Proverbs 1:27; Proverbs 10:25 Hosea 13:3 Daniel 11:40 Amos 1:14 Habakkuk 3:14 Zechariah 7:14); of quickness: "wheels as a whirlwind" (Isaiah 5:28; Isaiah 66:15 Jeremiah 4:13); of the anger of God: "A whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury" (Jeremiah 23:19 the King James Version); of punishment to the wicked: "A continuing whirlwind.... shall fall.... on the wicked" (Jeremiah 30:23 the King James Version).

Alfred H. Joy

Greek
2366. thuella -- a whirlwind
... a whirlwind. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: thuella Phonetic Spelling:
(thoo'-el-lah) Short Definition: a storm, tempest Definition: a storm ...
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2978. lailaps -- a hurricane
... Transliteration: lailaps Phonetic Spelling: (lah'-ee-laps) Short Definition: a sudden
storm, squall Definition: a sudden storm, squall, whirlwind, hurricane. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
1534. galgal -- a wheel, whirl, whirlwind
... 1533, 1534. galgal. 1535 . a wheel, whirl, whirlwind. Transliteration:
galgal Phonetic Spelling: (gal-gal') Short Definition: wheels. ...
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5590. saar -- to storm, rage
... be toss with tempestuous, be sore, troubled, scatter with a whirlwind. A primitive
root; to rush upon; by implication, to toss (transitive ...
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5492. cuwphah -- a storm wind
... Red Sea, storm, tempest, whirlwind, Red sea From cuwph; a hurricane -- Red Sea,
storm, tempest, whirlwind, Red sea. see HEBREW cuwph. 5491, 5492. ...
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5591. ca'ar -- a tempest
... stormy, tempest, whirlwind Or (feminine) ctarah {seh-aw-raw'}; from ca'ar; a hurricane
-- storm(-y), tempest, whirlwind. see HEBREW ca'ar. 5590, 5591. ...
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5492a. suphah -- a storm wind
... 5492, 5492a. suphah. 5492b . a storm wind. Transliteration: suphah Short
Definition: whirlwind. Word Origin from suph Definition ...
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8175a. saar -- to sweep or whirl away
... 8175, 8175a. saar. 8175b . to sweep or whirl away. Transliteration: saar
Short Definition: whirlwind. Word Origin a prim. root Definition ...
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8175. sa'ar -- to sweep or whirl away
... root; to storm; by implication, to shiver, ie Fear -- be (horribly) afraid, fear,
hurl as a storm, be tempestuous, come like (take away as with) a whirlwind. ...
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5591b. searah -- a tempest, storm wind
... Word Origin from saar Definition a tempest, storm wind NASB Word Usage storm (6),
storm winds (1), stormy (2), tempest (2), violent (2), whirlwind (3). ...
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Library

Reaping the Whirlwind.
... Reaping the Whirlwind. I remember ... few months. Yes the fruit was long growing,
but at the last it ripened to the harvest like a whirlwind. ...
/.../moody/moodys anecdotes and illustrations/reaping the whirlwind.htm

God's Restraining Power.
... In it He answers Job out of the whirlwind, when he had complained, though reverently
and humbly, that the Lord did not allow men to find Him; that, moreover ...
/.../selected sermons of schleiermacher/xii gods restraining power.htm

Observe that the Lord was not Wont from the Beginning to Speak ...
... But since the whirlwind is the producer of the tempests, and Job, in the tempest
of his afflictions, had not made shipwreck of his faith, but his constancy ...
/.../methodius/the writings of methodius fragments/ii observe that the lord.htm

The Chariot of Fire
... THE FIRST BOOK OF KINGS THE CHARIOT OF FIRE. 'And it came to pass, when the Lord
would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/the chariot of fire.htm

Utterances of the Prophet Isaiah Regarding the Resurrection of the ...
... For, behold, the Lord shall come as a fire, and as a whirlwind His chariots, to
execute vengeance with indignation, and wasting with a flame of fire. ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 21 utterances of the prophet.htm

Elijah's Translation and Elisha's Deathbed
... The one scene is that mysterious translation on the further bank of the Jordan,
when a mortal was swept up to heaven in a fiery whirlwind, and the other is an ...
/.../expositions of holy scripture f/elijahs translation and elishas deathbed.htm

As the Terrors of Imagined Suffering are Always Worse than Actual ...
... Then came a sound of many thunders, mingled with the roar of rising waters and the
turbulence of a great whirlwind,"and out of the whirlwind came a Voice ...
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Epistle Xlviii. Cyprian's Answer to Cornelius, Concerning the ...
... betray: he flatters for the purpose of deceiving, never faithful that he may love;
a torch and fire to blow up the flames of sedition; a whirlwind and tempest ...
/.../cyprian/the epistles of cyprian/epistle xlviii cyprians answer to.htm

The Mantle of Elijah
... THE OLD TESTAMENT THE MANTLE OF ELIJAH. When Jehovah took up Elijah to heaven
in a whirlwind, he was going with Elisha from Gilgal. ...
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victor's Dilemma and Fall.
... says: "After them other reproachful censures are added to the querulous murmurings
of those who rail against us; and, as if tossed about in a whirlwind, we are ...
/.../augustine/anti-pelagian writings/chapter 18 xiii victors dilemma and.htm

Thesaurus
Whirlwind (33 Occurrences)
... It usually has a rapid progressive motion. 2. (n.) Fig.: A body of objects sweeping
violently onward. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. WHIRLWIND. ...
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Stayeth (10 Occurrences)
... (KJV WBS). Jeremiah 23:19 Lo, a whirlwind of Jehovah -- Fury hath gone out, even
a piercing whirlwind, On the head of the wicked it stayeth. (YLT). ...
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Tempest (30 Occurrences)
... tem'-pest (ce`-arah, or se`-arah, "a whirlwind," zerem, "overflowing rain"; cheimon,
thuella): Heavy storms of wind and rain are common in Palestine and the ...
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Winds (35 Occurrences)
... The rush of invaders is figuratively spoken of as a whirlwind (Isaiah 21:1); a
commotion among the nations of the world as a striving of the four winds (Dan. ...
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Storm (62 Occurrences)
... Proverbs 1:27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when your disaster comes
on like a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come on you. ...
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Grievously (17 Occurrences)
... (WBS). Jeremiah 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even
a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. ...
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Whirling (7 Occurrences)
... (WEB JPS ASV DBY NAS RSV). Jeremiah 30:23 Lo, a whirlwind of Jehovah -- Fury hath
gone forth -- a cutting whirlwind, On the head of the wicked it stayeth. ...
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Whirl (5 Occurrences)
... Jeremiah 30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing
whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. ...
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Piercing (7 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT). Jeremiah 23:19 Lo, a whirlwind of Jehovah -- Fury
hath gone out, even a piercing whirlwind, On the head of the wicked it stayeth. ...
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Continuing (24 Occurrences)
... (YLT). Jeremiah 30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a
continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. ...
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Concordance
Whirlwind (33 Occurrences)

Hebrews 12:18
You have not come to a mountain which may be touched, and is burning with fire, and to a black cloud, and a dark smoke, and a violent wind,
(See NAS)

2 Kings 2:1
It happened, when Yahweh would take up Elijah by a whirlwind into heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 2:11
It happened, as they still went on, and talked, that behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Job 27:20
Terrors overtake him like waters; a whirlwind stealeth him away in the night.
(DBY YLT RSV)

Job 37:9
Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.
(KJV DBY WBS RSV)

Job 38:1
Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Job 40:6
Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)

Psalms 55:8
I hasten escape for myself, From a rushing wind, from a whirlwind.
(YLT)

Psalms 58:9
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
(KJV JPS ASV WBS NAS)

Psalms 77:18
The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind. The lightnings lit up the world. The earth trembled and shook.
(WEB JPS ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 83:15
So pursue them with thy tempest, and terrify them with thy whirlwind.
(DBY YLT)

Psalms 107:29
He establisheth a whirlwind to a calm, And hushed are their billows.
(YLT)

Psalms 148:8
Fire and hail, snow and vapour, Whirlwind doing His word;
(YLT)

Proverbs 1:27
when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come on you.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Proverbs 10:25
When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more; but the righteous stand firm forever.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS)

Isaiah 5:28
whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent. Their horses' hoofs will be like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 17:13
The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
(KJV DBY WBS)

Isaiah 29:6
She will be visited by Yahweh of Armies with thunder, with earthquake, with great noise, with whirlwind and storm, and with the flame of a devouring fire.
(WEB JPS ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV)

Isaiah 40:24
They are planted scarcely. They are sown scarcely. Their stock has scarcely taken root in the ground. He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the whirlwind takes them away as stubble.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NIV)

Isaiah 41:16
You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the whirlwind will scatter them. You will rejoice in Yahweh. You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)

Isaiah 66:15
For, behold, Yahweh will come with fire, and his chariots shall be like the whirlwind; to render his anger with fierceness, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS NIV)

Jeremiah 4:13
Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as the whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! for we are ruined.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 23:19
Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
(KJV WBS YLT NIV)

Jeremiah 25:32
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
(KJV WBS YLT)

Jeremiah 30:23
Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
(KJV WBS YLT)

Ezekiel 1:4
And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
(KJV WBS)

Daniel 11:40
At the time of the end shall the king of the south contend with him; and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass through.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)

Hosea 8:7
For they sow the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind. He has no standing grain. The stalk will yield no head. If it does yield, strangers will swallow it up.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Hosea 13:3
Therefore they will be like the morning mist, and like the dew that passes away early, like the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the threshing floor, and like the smoke out of the chimney.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)

Amos 1:14
But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it will devour its palaces, with shouting in the day of battle, with a storm in the day of the whirlwind;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)

Nahum 1:3
Yahweh is slow to anger, and great in power, and will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. Yahweh has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Habakkuk 3:14
You pierced the heads of his warriors with their own spears. They came as a whirlwind to scatter me, gloating as if to devour the wretched in secret.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)

Zechariah 7:14
"but I will scatter them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they have not known. Thus the land was desolate after them, so that no man passed through nor returned: for they made the pleasant land desolate."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Whirlwind

Whirlwind in the Land of Canaan

Whirlwind in the Valley of the Euphrates

Whirlwind of Divine Judgments

Whirlwind of the Fruits of Unrighteousness

Whirlwind of the Judgment of God

Whirlwind: Arose up from the Earth

Whirlwind: Called the Whirlwind of God

Whirlwind: Destructive

Whirlwind: Destructive Nature of

Whirlwind: Elijah Transported Upward In

Whirlwind: Frequently Continued for a Long Time

Whirlwind: from the North

Whirlwind: from the South in the Land of Uz

Whirlwind: Generally Came from the South

Whirlwind: God Answered Job In

Whirlwind: Illustrative of The: Fury of God's Judgments

Whirlwind: Illustrative of The: Speed With Which God Executes his Purposes

Whirlwind: Illustrative of The: Sudden Destruction of the Wicked

Whirlwind: Illustrative of The: Unavoidable Fruit of a Life of Sin and Vanity

Whirlwind: Illustrative of The: Velocity of Christ's Second Coming

Whirlwind: Illustrative of The: Velocity of the Chariots in Hostile Armies

Whirlwind: Miracles Connected With: Elijah Taken to Heaven In

Whirlwind: Miracles Connected With: God Spoke to Job From

Whirlwind: Sometimes Came from the North

Related Terms

Stayeth (10 Occurrences)

Tempest (30 Occurrences)

Winds (35 Occurrences)

Storm (62 Occurrences)

Grievously (17 Occurrences)

Whirling (7 Occurrences)

Whirl (5 Occurrences)

Piercing (7 Occurrences)

Continuing (24 Occurrences)

Rolling (32 Occurrences)

Elihu (11 Occurrences)

Passes (74 Occurrences)

Scatter (65 Occurrences)

Flames (54 Occurrences)

Sown (45 Occurrences)

Wind (180 Occurrences)

Thunder (48 Occurrences)

Hurricane (14 Occurrences)

Grievous (73 Occurrences)

Eli'jah (93 Occurrences)

Quaked (13 Occurrences)

Visitation (17 Occurrences)

Undone (20 Occurrences)

Overtakes (16 Occurrences)

Lattice (6 Occurrences)

Lit (10 Occurrences)

Lively (5 Occurrences)

Lightnings (17 Occurrences)

Gloating (1 Occurrence)

Whisper (9 Occurrences)

Wheel (20 Occurrences)

Wheels (30 Occurrences)

Winnowest (1 Occurrence)

Winnow (5 Occurrences)

Waterspout

Windstorm (1 Occurrence)

Wretched (14 Occurrences)

Whirlwinds (2 Occurrences)

Whirls (1 Occurrence)

Invade (15 Occurrences)

Infolding (1 Occurrence)

Inspected (18 Occurrences)

Fan (8 Occurrences)

Fleet (7 Occurrences)

Thing (4185 Occurrences)

Troublest (2 Occurrences)

Rejoicest (4 Occurrences)

Raw (10 Occurrences)

Establisheth (16 Occurrences)

Eliphaz (14 Occurrences)

Escaping (13 Occurrences)

Eagles (11 Occurrences)

Exulting (14 Occurrences)

Eli'sha (52 Occurrences)

Disappears (4 Occurrences)

Devouring (20 Occurrences)

Billows (18 Occurrences)

Bows (28 Occurrences)

Citadels (15 Occurrences)

Collide (1 Occurrence)

Crash (7 Occurrences)

Chimney (1 Occurrence)

Cavalry (11 Occurrences)

Amber (3 Occurrences)

Assunder (1 Occurrence)

Acquit (11 Occurrences)

Stalk (7 Occurrences)

Swirling (5 Occurrences)

Swirls (1 Occurrence)

Shafts (6 Occurrences)

Scarcely (14 Occurrences)

Scattereth (18 Occurrences)

Stirring (20 Occurrences)

Swifter (6 Occurrences)

Stormed (2 Occurrences)

Wither (30 Occurrences)

Clouds (99 Occurrences)

Sudden (33 Occurrences)

Passeth (100 Occurrences)

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