Thick and Dreadful

Peter came up with the title of our blog. It’s from the book of Genesis, when God is establishing a covenant with Abraham:

12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13 Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. –Genesis 15.12-15, NIV

The phrase is pretty great in other translations, too.

KJV: “and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.”

NKJV: “and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him.”

NASB: “and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him.”

MSG: “As the sun went down a deep sleep overcame Abram and then a sense of dread, dark and heavy.”

The moral of this tale? Even when God gives you something good to hope for, the experience can be…a little rough.

Also, we are English geeks and just love the sound of the phrase.


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