|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Common in Palestine in winter (Psalm 147:16). The snow on the tops of the Lebanon range is almost always within view throughout the whole year. The word is frequently used figuratively by the sacred writers (Job 24:19; Psalm 51:7; 68:14; Isaiah 1:18). It is mentioned only once in the historical books (2 Samuel 23:20). It was "carried to Tyre, Sidon, and Damascus as a luxury, and labourers sweltering in the hot harvest-fields used it for the purpose of cooling the water which they drank (Proverbs 25:13; Jeremiah 18:14). No doubt Herod Antipas, at his feasts in Tiberias, enjoyed also from this very source the modern luxury of ice-water."
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A square-rigged vessel, differing from a brig only in that she has a trysail mast close abaft the mainmast, on which a large trysail is hoisted.
2. (n.) Watery particles congealed into white or transparent crystals or flakes in the air, and falling to the earth, exhibiting a great variety of very beautiful and perfect forms.
3. (n.) Fig.: Something white like snow, as the white color (argent) in heraldry; something which falls in, or as in, flakes.
4. (v. i.) To fall in or as snow; -- chiefly used impersonally; as, it snows; it snowed yesterday.
5. (v. t.) To scatter like snow; to cover with, or as with, snow.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
sno (shelegh, telagh (Daniel 7:9); chion):
(1) Snow is not uncommon in the winter in Jerusalem, but it never reaches any depth and in many winters it is not seen at all. It usually disappears, for the most part, as soon as the sun appears, though it may "hide itself" for a time in the gorge cut by a stream (Job 6:16). On lower levels than Jerusalem there is never sufficient to cover the ground, though often there are some flakes seen in the air. Even at sea-level there is occasionally a sufficient fall of hail to cover the ground. A very exceptional snowfall is related in 1 Maccabees 13:22 at Adora (near Hebron). It was heavy enough to prevent the movement of troops.
(2) The tops of the mountains of Lebanon are white with snow for most of the year, and snow may be found in large banks in the valleys and the northern slopes at any time in the summer. Mt. Hermon, 9,200 ft. high, has long streaks of snow in the valleys all the summer.
(3) The snow of the mountains is the source of the water of the springs which last throughout the drought of summer. In case the snow fails there is sure to be a lack of water in the fountains: "Shall the snow of Lebanon fail.... or shall the cold waters that flow down from afar be dried up?" (Jeremiah 18:14).
(4) Large quantities of snow are stored in caves in the mountains in winter and are brought down to the cities in summer to be used in place of ice for cooling drinks and refrigerating purposes.
(5) God's power over the elements of Nature is often brought out in the Old Testament: "For he saith to the snow, Fall thou on the earth" (Job 37:6); but man cannot fathom the works of God: "Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow?" (Job 38:22). "The snowy day" (1 Chronicles 11:22 2 Samuel 23:20) and the "fear of snow" (Proverbs 31:21) are figurative uses describing winter and cold. "Snow in summer" (Proverbs 26:1) would be most out of place, yet it might be most refreshing to the tired workmen in the time of harvest.
(6) Snow is the symbol of purity and cleanness, giving us some of our most beautiful passages of Scripture: "Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7); "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (Isaiah 1:18). Carrying the figure farther, snow-water might be expected to have a special value for cleansing: "If I wash myself with snow-water" (Job 9:30). The most common use in Scripture is to denote whiteness in color and implying purity as well: "His raiment was white as snow" (Daniel 7:9 Matthew 28:3 Mark 9:3 Revelation 1:14).
(7) The whiteness of leprosy is compared to snow (Exodus 4:6 Numbers 12:10 2 Kings 5:27).
Alfred H. Joy
(odai pneumatikai): ode, English "ode," is the general, and generic word for "song," of which "psalms and hymns" are specific varieties (Ephesians 5:19 Colossians 3:16). It includes all lyric poetry, but is limited by the word "spiritual" to songs inspired by the Holy Spirit and employed in the joyful and devotional expression of the spiritual life. While songs, like psalms and hymns, were used in public worship and praise, they were more intended for, and suited to, personal and private and social use; as, e.g. in family worship, at meals, in the agapai ("love-feasts"), in meetings for prayer and religious intercourse from house to house. The passages above cited give apostolic authority for the use of other than the Old Testament psalms in public praise, and rebuke the narrowness and unbelief that would forever limit the operations of the Holy Spirit and the hymnology of the church to the narrow compass of the Davidic era and the Davidic school of poetry and song.
The "new song" of Revelation 5:9; Revelation 14:3, and "the song of Moses and of the Lamb" (15:3), indicate that spiritual songs are to be perpetuated in the eternal melodies of the redeemed.
Dwight M. Pratt
(ta pneumatika): Things proceeding from the Holy Spirit and pertaining to man's spiritual life, worship, service. Contrasted in 1 Corinthians 9:11 and in Romans 15:27 with ta sarkika, things fleshly, physical, which have to do with man's sensuous, corporeal nature, such as food, raiment, money. By "spiritual things" Paul signifies the benefits accompanying salvation, the gifts of the Spirit-faith, hope, love, justification, sanctification, peace-all the fruits and blessings and aids of the regenerate life.
Things pertaining to spiritual office, the ministry of the Word, or the service of the sanctuary.
Dwight M. Pratt
See SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
Snow (25 Occurrences)
Matthew 28:3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 9:3 His clothing became glistening, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. (WEB KJV DBY WBS YLT)
Revelation 1:14 His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 4:6 Yahweh said furthermore to him, "Now put your hand inside your cloak." He put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Numbers 12:10 The cloud departed from over the Tent; and behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. Aaron looked at Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Samuel 23:20 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Kings 5:27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman will cling to you and to your seed forever." He went out from his presence a leper, as white as snow. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Chronicles 11:22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Job 6:16 Which are black by reason of the ice, in which the snow hides itself. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Job 9:30 If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Job 24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters, so does Sheol those who have sinned. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Job 37:6 For he says to the snow,'Fall on the earth;' likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of his mighty rain. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Job 38:22 Have you entered the treasuries of the snow, or have you seen the treasures of the hail, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 68:14 When the Almighty scattered kings in her, it snowed on Zalmon. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 147:16 He gives snow like wool, and scatters frost like ashes. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Psalms 148:8 Lightning and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling his word; (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him; for he refreshes the soul of his masters. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Proverbs 26:1 Like snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together," says Yahweh: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn't return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Jeremiah 18:14 Shall the snow of Lebanon fail from the rock of the field? or shall the cold waters that flow down from afar be dried up? (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Lamentations 4:7 Her nobles were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk; They were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was as of sapphire. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Daniel 7:9 I saw until thrones were placed, and one who was ancient of days sat: his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels burning fire. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)