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earthquake

mentioned among the extraordinary phenomena of Israel (Psalm 18:7; compare Hab. 3:6; Nah. 1:5; Isa. 5:25)

The first earthquake in Israel of which we have any specific record happened in the reign of Ahab (1 Kings 19:11,12), although the fall of the great wall of Jericho may have also involved an earthquake.

Another took place in the days of Uzziah, King of Judah (Zech. 14:5).

The most memorable earthquake that took place in New Testament times happened at the crucifixion of our Lord (Matt. 27:54).

An earthquake at Philippi shook the prison in which Paul and Silas were imprisoned (Act 16:26).

Earthquakes are also mentioned in connection with the presence of the Lord (Judg. 5:4; 2 Sam. 22:8; Ps. 77:18; 97:4; 104:32).

Author: Matthew G. Easton, with editing by Paul S. Taylor.

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