The noise of clashing air masses expanding from a lightning flash. In biblical perspectives it was most often associated with heights (2Sam 22:14; Ps 18:13; Job 36:29), storms (Exod 9:23; 1Sam 12:17; Job 38:25), and other violent natural phenomena (Isa 29:6; Rev 11:19). Used metaphorically it describes the sound of the sea (Isa 17:12) or roaring streams (Ps 42:7) and the power and authority of the voice of God (Job 37:2; Job 37:5; Ps 29:3; Exod 19:19; John 12:28-29). Prophets use it to express both the presence (Ezek 1:24) and awesomeness of God (Isa 33:3).

2Sam 22:14

14The Lord thundered from heaven;
the Most High uttered his voice.

Ps 18:13

13The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered his voice.

Job 36:29

29Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his pavilion?

Exod 9:23

23Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire came down on the earth. And the Lord rained hail on the land of ... View more

1Sam 12:17

17Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call upon the Lord, that he may send thunder and rain; and you shall know and see that the wickedness that you have ... View more

Job 38:25

25“Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a way for the thunderbolt,

Isa 29:6

6you will be visited by the Lord of hosts
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire.

Rev 11:19

19Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thund ... View more

Isa 17:12

12Ah, the thunder of many peoples,
they thunder like the thundering of the sea!
Ah, the roar of nations,
they roar like the roaring of mighty waters!

Ps 42:7

7Deep calls to deep
at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
have gone over me.

Job 37:2

2Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice
and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.

Job 37:5

5God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.

Ps 29:3

3The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty waters.

Exod 19:19

19As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder.

John 12:28-29

28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”29The crowd standing there heard it and said tha ... View more

Ezek 1:24

24When they moved, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of mighty waters, like the thunder of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an ar ... View more

Isa 33:3

3At the sound of tumult, peoples fled;
before your majesty, nations scattered.

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.