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        "There is no dew properly so called in Israel, for there is
        no moisture in the hot summer air to be chilled into dew-drops
        by the coldness of the night. From May till October rain is
        unknown, the sun shining with unclouded brightness day after
        day. The heat becomes intense, the ground hard, and vegetation
        would perish but for the moist west winds that come each night
        from the sea. The bright skies cause the heat of the day to
        radiate very quickly into space, so that the nights are as cold
        as the day is the reverse, a peculiarity of climate from which
        poor Jacob suffered thousands of years ago (Gen. 31:40). To this
        coldness of the night air the indispensable watering of all
        plant-life is due. The winds, loaded with moisture, are robbed
        of it as they pass over the land, the cold air condensing it
        into drops of water, which fall in a gracious rain of mist on
        every thirsty blade. In the morning the fog thus created rests
        like a sea over the plains, and far up the sides of the hills,
        which raise their heads above it like so many islands. At
        sunrise, however, the scene speedily changes. By the kindling
        light the mist is transformed into vast snow-white clouds, which
        presently break into separate masses and rise up the
        mountain-sides, to disappear in the blue above, dissipated by
        the increasing heat. These are 'the morning clouds and the early
        dew that go away' of which Hosea (6:4; 13:3) speaks so
        touchingly" (Geikie's The Holy Land, etc., i., p. 72). Dew is a
        source of great fertility (Gen. 27:28; Deut. 33:13; Zech. 8:12),
        and its withdrawal is regarded as a curse from God (2 Sam. 1:21;
        1 Kings 17:1). It is the symbol of a multitude (2 Sam. 17:12;
        Ps. 110:3); and from its refreshing influence it is an emblem of
        brotherly love and harmony (Ps. 133:3), and of rich spiritual
        blessings (Hos. 14:5).

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Dew' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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