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af -tẽr -noon ´ (נטות היּום , neṭōth ha -yōm , "the declining of the day"; Judges 19:8 the King James Version): The expression כּחם היּום , keḥōm ha -yōm , "in the heat of the day" (Genesis 18:1 ) refers to the early afternoon when the sun is a little past its zenith, its rays still being very strong. The phrase לרוּח היּום , le -rūaḥ ha -yōm , "in the cool of the day" (Genesis 3:8 ) is in contrast to the last phrase and points to the late afternoon; in the Orient a cooling breeze arises at this period of the day, and it is then that much of the day's business is transacted. See DAY .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Afternoon'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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