Microsoft word - gen 1.2o significance of darkness in the bible
In the Bible Darkness Signifies Evil, Judgment, Curse,
and the Day of the Lord
Darkness as Evil
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was
good. And God separated the light from the darkness
15 The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight, saying, 'No eye will see me'; and he
veils his face. 16 In the dark
they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know
And Job again took up his discourse, and said: 2 "Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as
in the days when God watched over me, 3 when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked
"For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps. 22 There is no gloom or
where evildoers may hide themselves.
Light dawns in the darkness
for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
12 delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, 13 who forsake
the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the
perverseness of evil,
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness
for light and light for
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of
, on them has light shined.
"I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep
you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
I form light and create darkness
, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD,
who does all these things.
8 Thus says the LORD: "In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I
have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to
apportion the desolate heritages, 9 saying to the prisoners, 'Come out,' to those who are in darkness
'Appear.' They shall feed along the ways; on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your
light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
1 God did not see the darkness as good.
For behold, darkness
shall cover the earth, and thick darkness
the peoples; but the LORD
will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
Then he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are
doing in the dark
, each in his room of pictures? For they say, 'The LORD does not see us, the LORD has
forsaken the land.'"
the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the
region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned."
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness
. If then the light in you is darkness
, how great is the darkness
because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high 79
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of
Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness
When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is
your hour, and the power of darkness
The light shines in the darkness
, and the darkness
has not overcome it.
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness
rather than the light because their deeds were evil.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not
walk in darkness
, but will have the light of life."
So Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have
the light, lest darkness
overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness
does not know where he is
I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness
to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness
to light and from the power of Satan
to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light.
1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who
will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness
and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then
each one will receive his commendation from God.
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness
," has shone in our hearts to give
the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness
with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness
for at one time you were darkness
, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as
children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern
what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness
, but instead expose
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the
authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness
, against the spiritual forces of evil in
the heavenly places.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness
and transferred us to the kingdom of
his beloved Son,
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5
But you are not in darkness
, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5
For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own
possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness
1 John 1:5-6
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in
him is no darkness
at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness
, we lie and
do not practice the truth.
1 John 2:8-11
At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him
and in you, because the darkness
is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says
he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness
. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the
light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness
walks in the darkness
, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness
has blinded his
Darkness as Judgment
The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of
Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever will be again. 15 They covered
the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened
, and they ate all the plants in the land and all
the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field,
through all the land of Egypt.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may
over the land of Egypt, a darkness
to be felt." 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward
heaven, and there was pitch darkness
in all the land of Egypt three days.
1 Samuel 2:9
“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness
not by might shall a man prevail.
He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are brought to a
quick end. 14 They meet with darkness
in the daytime and grope at noonday as in the night.
Are not my days few? Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer 21
before I go- and I shall not return- to the land of darkness
and deep shadow, 22 the land of gloom like
, like deep shadow without any order, where light is as thick darkness
He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth and makes them
wander in a pathless waste. 25 They grope in the dark
without light, and he makes them stagger like a
He does not believe that he will return out of darkness
, and he is marked for the sword. 23
He wanders abroad for bread, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of darkness
is ready at his
he will not depart from darkness
; the flame will dry up his shoots, and by the breath of his
mouth he will depart.
12 They make night into day; 'The light,' they say, 'is near to the darkness
.' 13 If I hope for
Sheol as my house, if I make my bed in darkness
"Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine. 6 The light
in his tent, and his lamp above him is put out.
He is thrust from light into darkness
, and driven out of the world.
is laid up for his treasures; a fire not fanned will devour him; what is left in his
tent will be consumed.
He sent darkness
, and made the land dark
Some sat in darkness
and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12 So he
bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help. 13 Then they cried to the
LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 14 He brought them out of darkness
the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.
20 If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness
The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness
. And yet I
perceived that the same event happens to all of them.
Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot
hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden
his face from you so that he does not hear 9 Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not
overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness
, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings darkness
, before your feet stumble
on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness
I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; 2 he has driven
and brought me into darkness
without any light;
Her princes were purer than snow, whiter than milk; their bodies were more ruddy
than coral, the beauty of their form was like sapphire. 8 Now their face is blacker
than soot; they are not
recognized in the streets; their skin has shriveled on their bones; it has become as dry as wood.
At Tehaphnehes the day shall be dark
, when I break there the yoke bars of Egypt, and
her proud might shall come to an end in her; she shall be covered by a cloud, and her daughters shall go
When I blot you out, I will cover the heavens and make their stars dark
; I will cover the
sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light. 8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark
over you, and put darkness
on your land, declares the Lord GOD.
Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry "Peace"
when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths. 6
Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness
to you, without divination. The sun shall
go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black
But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue
his enemies into darkness
while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness
. In that place there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness
. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness
. In that place there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and
said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop
making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and
you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness
fell upon him, and
he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but
they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened
as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears
that would not hear, down to this very day." 9 And David says, "Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them; 10 let their eyes be darkened
so that they cannot see, and
bend their backs forever."
Ephesians 4:18 They are darkened
in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of
the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
2 Peter 2:17
These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness
has been reserved.
These are blemishes on your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, looking after
themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;
13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of
has been reserved forever.
He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke
of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened
with the smoke from the shaft.
Darkness as a Curse
After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job said: 3 "Let the day
perish on which I was born, and the night that said, 'A man is conceived.' 4 Let that day be darkness
May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it. 5 Let gloom and deep darkness
claim it. Let clouds
dwell upon it; let the blackness
of the day terrify it. 6 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.9 Let the stars of its
dawn be dark
; let it hope for light, but have none, nor see the eyelids of the morning,
Let their way be dark
and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them!
Let their eyes be darkened
, so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble
Sit in silence, and go into darkness
, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be
called the mistress of kingdoms.
Darkness Signifying a Day of the Lord
Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he stretched out
his hand against them and struck them, and the mountains quaked; and their corpses were as refuse in
the midst of the streets. For all this his anger has not turned away, and his hand is stretched out still. 30
They will growl over it on that day
, like the growling of the sea. And if one looks to the land, behold, darkness
and distress; and the light is darkened
by its clouds.
Behold, the day of the LORD
comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the
land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. 10 For the stars of the heavens and their
constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark
at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light.
Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the
land tremble, for the day of the LORD
is coming; it is near, 2 a day
and gloom, a day of
clouds and thick darkness
! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful
people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD
Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD
! Why would you have the day of the
? It is darkness
, and not light, 19 as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the
house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Is not the day of the LORD
, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?
"And on that day," declares the Lord GOD, "I will make the sun go down at noon and darken
the earth in broad daylight.
4 The great day of the LORD
is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day
of the LORD
is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. 15 A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress
and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness
and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened
, and the moon
will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness
over all the land until the ninth hour.
"But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened
, and the moon will not
give its light,
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness
over the whole land until the ninth
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness
over the whole land until the ninth
the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord
comes, the great and magnificent day
The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the
moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened
, and a third of the day
might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night.
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