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Whirlwind

WHIRLWIND (Heb. sûphâh, se‘ārâh, sa‘ar). In biblical usage this does not exactly conform to our modern idea of a violent whirling as at the vortex of a tornado, but rather emphasizes the idea of being tossed about. These Hebrew words are often translated “storm” or “tempest,” which is a more accurate translation; and they are used figuratively of swift and terrible destruction (Prov.1.27; Isa.5.28; Jer.4.13; Hos.8.7). Elijah was carried to heaven by a whirlwind (2Kgs.2.1, 2Kgs.2.11).