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Winds
        That the Hebrews recognized the existence of four prevailing winds as issuing, broadly speaking, from the four cardinal points, north, south, east and west, may be inferred from their custom of using the expression "four winds" as equivalent to the "four quarters" of the hemisphere. Eze 37:9 Da 8:8; Zec 2:6; Mt 24:31 The north wind, or, as it was usually called "the north," was naturally the coldest of the four, Ecclus. 43:20 and its presence is hence invoked as favorable to vegetation in So 4:16 It is described in Pr 25:23 as bringing rain; in this case we must understand the northwest wind. The northwest wind prevails from the autumnal equinox to the beginning of November, and the north wind from June to the equinox. The east wind crosses the sandy wastes of Arabia Deserts before reaching Israel and was hence termed "the wind of the wilderness." Job 1:19; Jer 13:14 It blows with violence, and is hence supposed to be used generally for any violent wind. Job 27:21; 38:24; Ps 48:7; Isa 27:8; Eze 27:26 In Israel the east wind prevails from February to June. The south wind, which traverses the Arabian peninsula before reaching Israel, must necessarily be extremely hot. Job 37:17; Lu 12:55 The west and southwest winds reach Israel loaded with moisture gathered from the Mediterranean, and are hence expressly termed by the Arabs "the fathers of the rain." Westerly winds prevail in Israel from November to February. In addition to the four regular winds, we have notice in the Bible of the local squalls, Mr 4:37; Lu 8:23 to which the Sea of Gennesareth was liable. In the narrative of St. Paul's voyage we meet with the Greek term Lips to describe the southwest wind; the Latin Carus or Caurus, the northwest wind Ac 27:12 and Euroclydon, a wind of a very violent character coming from east-northeast. Ac 27:14

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Smith, William, Dr "Definition for 'Winds' Smiths Bible Dictionary".
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