Thunder: Often referred to in Scripture
(Job 40:9; Psalms 77:18; 104:7) James and John
were called by our Lord "sons of thunder"
(Mark 3:17) In
instead of "thunder," as in the Authorized Version, the Revised
Version translates (ra'amah) by "quivering main" (marg., "shaking").
Thunder accompanied the giving of the law at Sinai
(Exodus 19:16) It was
regarded as the voice of God
(Job 37:2; Psalms 18:13; 81:7) comp.
(John 12:29) In answer to Samuel's prayer
(1 Samuel 12:17,18) God sent
thunder, and "all the people greatly feared," for at such a season
(the wheat-harvest) thunder and rain were almost unknown in Palestine.