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Blast

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915) (neshamah, ruach): (2) The word ruach is used with reference to the tyranny and violence of the wicked (Isa 25:4). (3) The blowing of a wind instrument: "When they make a long blast with the ram’s horn" (Jos 6:5). This is the effect produced upon grain or other plants by the hot east winds which blow from the desert of Arabia. They usually continue to blow for two or three days at a time. If they occur in the spring near ripening time, the grain is often turned yellow and does not properly mature. The farmers dread this wind. In some localities, if they suspect that the east wind is coming, they set up a great shouting and beating of pans, hoping to drive it off. Sometimes this wind is a double pestilence, when it brings with it a cloud of locusts (2Ch 6:28). The writer, while journeying in the northern part of the Arabian desert, the source of these winds, witnessed such a cloud of locusts on their way toward habitable regions.