Clear, Clearness

See also Clear

CLEAR, CLEARNESS. The KJV tr. six Heb. and three Gr. expressions with this term. In almost all of the cases the terms refer to three aspects of light: opaque, translucent, and transparent, for which there are no exact equivalents in Heb. or Gr. More exact renderings of the passages would be (RSV): “You will be free from my oath” (Gen 24:41); “like the very heaven for clearness” (Exod 24:10); “like clear heat in sunshine” (Isa 18:4); “fair as the moon, bright as the sun” (Song of Solomon 6:10); “I will...darken the earth in broad daylight” (Amos 8:9). In the NT the term is used in 2 Corinthians 7:11, “You have proved yourselves guiltless,” and in Revelation 21:18, “The city was pure gold, clear as glass,” and 22:1, “the river of the water of life, bright as crystal.”