rainbow

rainbow

A multicolored arc in the sky caused by refraction of sunlight through droplets of water. First mentioned in (Gen 9:12-13), the rainbow appears as a sign of God’s covenant promise not to destroy the world by flood again. (Lam 2:4 and Hab 3:9-11) speak of God’s bow as an instrument of divine wrath, its arrows (e.g., lightning, thunderbolts) released earthward. Thus, (Gen 9:12-13) suggests a spent bow, one that has been hung in the sky and is no longer aimed at the earth.

Gen 9:12-13

12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:13I have set ... View more

Lam 2:4

4He has bent his bow like an enemy,
with his right hand set like a foe;
he has killed all in whom we took pride
in the tent of daughter Zion;
he has poured out ... View more

Hab 3:9-11

9You brandished your naked bow,
sated were the arrows at your command. Selah
You split the earth with rivers.10The mountains saw you, and writhed;
a torrent of ... View more

Gen 9:12-13

12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:13I have set ... View more

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