The absence of light. Imagery based on darkness is especially prominent in the poetic books, where it represents destruction, death, and the underworld (Isa 5:30; Isa 47:5; Ps 143:3; Job 17:13; Mark 15:33). Conceived as a curse or punishment (Deut 28:29; Ps 35:6), darkness characterizes the coming Day of the Lord (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18). God’s appearance is often accompanied by darkness (1Kgs 8:12), which, according to (Gen 1:2), prevailed prior to creation, although (Isa 45:7 and Ps 104:20) assert that it too was created by God.

Isa 5:30

30They will roar over it on that day,
like the roaring of the sea.
And if one look to the land—
only darkness and distress;
and the light grows dark with clouds ... View more

Isa 47:5

5Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
daughter Chaldea!
For you shall no more be called
the mistress of kingdoms.

Ps 143:3

3For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing my life to the ground,
making me sit in darkness like those long dead.

Job 17:13

13If I look for Sheol as my house,
if I spread my couch in darkness,

Mark 15:33

The Death of Jesus
33When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.

Deut 28:29

29you shall grope about at noon as blind people grope in darkness, but you shall be unable to find your way; and you shall be continually abused and robbed, wit ... View more

Ps 35:6

6Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

Joel 2:2

2a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness spread upon the mountains
a great and powerful army comes;
their like has never ... View more

Amos 5:18

The Day of the Lord a Dark Day
18Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, not light;

1Kgs 8:12

12Then Solomon said,
“The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

Gen 1:2

2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

Isa 45:7

7I form light and create darkness,
I make weal and create woe;
I the Lord do all these things.

Ps 104:20

20You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.

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