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The winds are subject to the divine power (Psalms 18:10; 135:7).


God spoke directly to Job out of a whirlwind (Job 38-41). God sent judgment with whirlwinds (Nahum 1:3).

The rush of invaders is figuratively spoken of as a whirlwind (Isaiah 21:1) and a commotion among the nations of the world as a striving of the four winds (Dan. 7:2).

Wind direction

The wind is said to blow from the 4 quarters of heaven (east, west, north and south) (Jeremiah 49:36; Ezek. 37:9; Dan. 8:8; Zechariah 2:6).

The east wind is mentioned as parching Ezek. 17:10; 19:12), and is sometimes mentioned as simply denoting a strong wind (Job 27:21; Isaiah 27:8).

The east wind prevails in Israel from February to June, as the west wind (Luke 12:54) does from November to February.

The south wind was a hot wind (Job 37:17; Luke 12:55). It swept up from over the hot, dry desert of the Arabian peninsula.


Jonah was punished and redirected by sea storm (1:4, 10-15).


Article Version: September 13, 2017