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Calamity

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ka -lam´i -ti ( איד , 'ēdh , "a load" or "burden" under which one is crushed, hence, "misfortune"; היּה , hayyāh , הוּה , hawwāh , "fall," "ruin," the latter word used only in the plural; רע , ra‛ , "evil in essence" hence, "adversity," once only, Psalm 141:5 , the Revised Version (British and American) "wickedness"): Purely an Old Testament term, signifying adversities - natural, but more often those that result from wickedness or moral evil. Various kinds: (1) folly , "a foolish son" (Proverbs 19:13 ); (2) disease , poverty , bereavement , as in Job's experience (Job 6:2 ; Job 30:13 ); (3) persecution ( 2 Samuel 22:19 ; Psalm 18:18 ); (4) Divine retribution and judgment ( Deuteronomy 32:35 ); compare ruin of the wicked (Proverbs 1:26 , also 27 the Revised Version (British and American) for "destruction" the King James Version); (5) the devastation of war (Jeremiah 46:21 (6) adversities of any kind ( Proverbs 27:10 ).


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Calamity'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/c/calamity.html. 1915.

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