Their princes were brighter than snow
and whiter than milk,
their bodies more ruddy than rubies,
their appearance like lapis lazuli.
- Lamentations 4:7
On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.
- Zechariah 14:6-7
Oft not my norm,
Here’s a challenge
In poetic form.
Do you think you are a whiz?
Test your knowledge
With the Winter Weather Words Quiz.
Yes, my poetry is cheesy, but oh, how I love alliteration.
This quiz is all about winter weather words found in the NIV. My first hint, more to follow, is that the NIV has no verses containing “freeze” or “freezing.” This is a double clue. It eliminates two words, but it gives you an idea of what words we might be talking about.
The questions below start out with verses containing two weather words, some not exclusively winter weather words, but then again, is it not possible to have snow in summer? Oops, another hint just slipped by.
The next two questions feature multiple uses of a winter weather word that is being used to illustrate something. And then a few miscellaneous questions. The final question refers to melting and thawing, just in case some of you are already tired of what you may see out your window about now.
|1||We will start off with thawing and melting. Job is visited by three friends: Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (thus making part of the answer multiple choice). At one point, Job gets angry with his friends, calling them out. He says, using the NIV key words, that they are withholding kindness, undependable (other translations might say “treacherous”), and they are like an intermittent stream (wadi) that is “darkened with thawing ____ and swollen with melting ____.” Here are the multiple questions: Who is Job responding to and how many of the friends have spoken thus far? And of course, what is thawing and what is melting? Note: the only time in the NIV where these two words appear in the same verse.|
|2||Who speaks to ask who creates ice and frost (the only verse in the NIV containing both winter weather words)? And from whence does the ice come and how is the frost created? Think in poetic terms, not scientific. For a bonus, who had just been speaking? And which winter weather word is mentioned in the following verse?|
|3||What similes are used in Psalm 147 regarding the spreading of snow and frost? In other words, spreads snow like _____ and frost like _____.|
|4||In Elihu’s long-winded speech, he mentions that something is caused by God’s command of “Fall on the earth” and something else by God’s command of “Be a mighty downpour.” What are those two things?|
|5||What is like honor fitting a fool? This contains two weather words and the key is WHEN.|
|6||Although both of these are “frozen” forms of precipitation, only one is a typical winter weather word. God is again being poetic when he tells Job and his friends that these two forms of precipitation are held in something. What forms of precipitation and where are they poetically held?|
|7||Of the two forms of precipitation in this one verse, one is not typically a winter weather word and the other is not mentioned in the original story, yet, this is the only reference in the NIV to this winter weather word. In Psalm 78, what story is being retold by the psalmist, Asaph? What destroys vines and what destroys sycamore-figs? If you read the original story, you might not get vines and sycamore-figs from it either. But we can give him poetic, or possibly musical meter, license in this case.|
|8||Although this disease is mentioned throughout the Bible, the use of a winter weather word to provide an image of the color is only used three times. Who is “afflicted” and what is the significance of each story?|
|9||This is not the question, but have you noticed that we have not had any references to winter weather words from the New Testament? Okay, that changes now. Again using a winter weather word to describe a color, what is shared, being this color, by the Ancient of Days in Daniel and an angel in Matthew? Please, what is this color and what is the weather word description of this color?|
|10||One night quail covered the ground. The next morning after the dew was gone, what looked like frost on the ground when it appeared the first time?|
|11||What, according to Elihu in his long-winded speech to Job, produces “ice”? Yet in his poetic way of saying it, another form of winter weather words might be imagined. Thus, how do some other translations translate this verse?|
|12||Another multi-part question. Jeremiah proclaims a curse upon the ruler of Judah in that this person’s sons will not sit on the throne and this ruler himself will be best by the heat of the day and what by night? Of course, who was the ruler?|
|13||The other New Testament question is this. The Apostle John met someone whose eyes burned like fire and John described this other aspect of the person’s appearance using a double simile. Who was the person John saw? What was being described using a winter weather word and what other simile as description?|
|14||The same double simile as in the previous question is used in Isaiah. The winter weather word and the other simile apply to something different. What is it?|
|15||Again, Job is replying to the same “friend” as in the first question. What snatches away the melting snow, according to Job, and how does this disappearing snow act as a metaphor for life?|
I personally enjoy the winter. I do not enjoy paying the gas bill, even with us keeping the house on the cool side. I remember my mother’s mother’s home, MawMaw. She kept her living space hot all year round. She did not have air conditioning, and she used the natural gas burners in each room as if the gas was free. But the fuel prices started going up in the 60s and 70s. She would be unable to do as she did now.
As I write this, we have had above average snow for the past few weeks, but not any big snowfall. We have gotten there with little 1-3 inch snowfalls, and very little melting before the next one. I have been quite aware of my wife’s inability to adjust to the slick surfaces and her thinned blood. A fall would mean a trip to the Emergency Room just to check her out. I have shoveled and salted where she walks to and from the car, but in my haste to clear off the car and get her to her next appointment, I have let the snow pile up on my side of the car. The day that I wrote this quiz, I had to step up to get out of the car – onto several inches of hard packed snow. Yet, the snow will be gone soon. Maybe I can write a quiz about storms spawned by the summer heat.
|1||Job 6:16 for the key verse. Job 3-6 will answer who and how many friends have spoken.|
|2||Job 38:29-30, but for the bonus, you must go back to Job 33.|
|8||Exodus 4:6, Numbers 12:10, and 2 Kings 5:27|
|9||Daniel 7:9 and Matthew 28:3|
|13||Revelation 1:12-18, the winter weather word in verse 14.|
And as I was writing this quiz, there were massive wrecks on the highways of the USA. They will blame the ice on the roads, but how much of it was driving too fast for the conditions. They say that most major accidents occur with an inch or less of snow. They think that with more snow, people take the dangers of the conditions more seriously, but they are not observing people. Drivers take their brains out of their heads when they get behind the wheel. If they can go, they go, and go faster… until they try to stop. There are few major accidents with a foot or two of snow, because people simply cannot get up to enough speed to cause much trouble.
I pray for those who are injured. I pray for the families of those who lost people dear to them in these deadly crashes. And I weep for humanity who fails to think things through. It is not the going that matters, it is the stopping.
A friend of mine and I were going to a project meeting at the customer’s steel mill north of Cincinnati, Ohio. We had just gotten gas and ate lunch in Zanesville, Ohio and we were travelling west on I-70. The snow had just begun to fall while we were dining, less than an inch on the road. We had not gone 30 miles when the traffic slowed to a stop. All traffic was being rerouted because five tractor trailers had jack-knifed and there was no one going anywhere unless we got on a smaller road. But then, the traffic was stopped on the detour route. A highway patrol person was driving in the opposite direction and my friend flagged her down. She was going about 5 miles per hour on a slight down grade. She tried to stop, but she started sliding. She had the nerves of a lion as she rolled down her window and calmly told my friend, while continuing to slide, “I will get back to you to answer your questions as soon as this thing stops.” She slid for another 100 yards before stopping. She got out and walked back to us. She told us that yet another truck had jack-knifed, blocking the detour. We mentioned where we were going and she suggested a different route, but there was a truck jack-knifed on that route. In defeat, we headed back home, but as we approached Zanesville, my friend said he was going to try one last route, from Zanesville to Cincinnati down US highway 22. It worked and we reached our hotel about midnight that night. It was a good thing. Our customer had not experienced a single flake of snow and they would have had a hard time believing our tale of woe was anything other than an excuse. So, when you get going and you cannot stop, remember the policewoman. If you had done everything right, you could still get into trouble. You will eventually stop, hopefully without hitting something or someone. It just may not be where you wanted to stop. And remember, there are those driving too fast and when they cannot stop, they might injure or kill someone in the process of slowing down. So slow down!!!!
|1||Eliphaz, the first of the friends to speak, thus only one has spoken. Logic applies when thinking of “Black Ice”, thus darkened by thawing ice, and swollen by melting snow. Only verse to contain both “ice” and “snow” in the NIV.|
|2||God speaks to the five “friends,” after Elihu , late to the party, has spent Job 33-37 going over some of what was already covered, and still not done well. God states poetically that ice comes from the “womb” and frost is created by giving it “birth.” Thinking of frost coming as if by birth adds even more mystery when you see the intricate spangle pattern of frost on your car window. As for the additional winter weather word, Job 38:30 mentions “frozen,” one of only three references to that word, not all pertaining to the cold…|
|3||Snow like “wool” and frost like “ashes.” The wool makes sense, and I suppose that white ashes might resemble a texture and color similar to a thin layer of ashes. This is the only combination of snow and frost in a single verse of the NIV.|
|4||The falling – Snow. The downpour – Rain. There are multiple verses with both of these words in the NIV.|
|5||“Snow in summer” is not unheard of in some locations, and “rain in harvest” literally puts a wet blanket on the harvest, sometimes, as in hay, it could ruin the harvest, causing the hay to develop mold which might make the livestock sick if they ate it.|
|6||According to God’s poetic words, He stores snow and hail in storehouses.|
|7||In the telling of the plagues of Egypt, the psalmist says that hail (Exodus 9:13-35) destroyed the vines while sleet destroyed the sycamore-figs. Sleet is never mentioned in Exodus 9 and only falx and barley are specifically mentioned, although Exodus 9 does mention that the hail beat upon all people, livestock, and growing thing, including trees – which would include vines and sycamore-figs. That is all growing things that had emerged from the ground, with the wheat and spelt not destroyed as they had not emerged yet. In this one verse, we have the only time “sleet” appears in the NIV.|
|8||The winter weather word is in connection that their skin became white as snow. Moses, Miriam, and Naaman. Moses was given the ability to have his hand turn leprous and then clean again to show that he was indeed a messenger from the one true God. Miriam became leprous when she rebelled against Moses. The Israelites waited while Miriam was isolated from the camp for the appropriate time according to Levitical law after she was healed. And Naaman was the general in charge of the army of Aram – the enemy’s army, at least the foe of that time against the northern tribes. When he became leprous, Elisha told Naaman’s servant to have Naaman dip himself seven times in the Jordan River. Naaman refused since there were finer rivers where he came from, but once convinced there was no other way, Naaman did as commanded and he was healed.|
|9||Since garments and clothes are the same thing, their clothing was as white as snow. The angel was the angel who rolled the stone away from the empty tomb – as pointed out in The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel, not to allow Jesus to exit, but to prove to mankind that the tomb was empty.|
|10||This is a strange question when you know that the answer of “manna” literally means “What is it?” Thus, how can you ask “what is it?” when the answer is “what is it?”|
|11||Elihu says that “ice” comes from the breath of God, thus some translations use the word “frost” instead (the various versions of the King James, the Douay-Rheims, Geneva, Modern English Version, and the Young’s Literal Translation). Note most of the uses of “frost” are older translations.|
|12||Jehoiakim was the ruler and he would be subjected to the “frost” by night. Not that unusual when considering desert climates have extreme temperature differences between day and night, due to the rapid heat loss from the hot desert surface to the cold blackness of space at night with no clouds to stop it– basic radiation heat transfer.|
|13||After Jesus says that He is the first and the last, Alpha and Omega, etc. He says about everything except “Jesus.” And it is Jesus’ hair that is like “wool” and “white as snow.”|
|14||Our sins are like scarlet, but they shall be white as snow.|
|15||Heat and drought will snatch away the snow. This is rather sophisticated science, as Job recognizes that it requires both dry air or heat for the snow to not just melt, but evaporate. This disappearing of the snow is a metaphor for how the grave snatches away those who sin. Yet, through the redemption received through Jesus Christ when we believe and trust in Him, we can conquer the grave. This is not part of Job’s lament. He just draws the metaphor. In his depressed and mournful state, all Job sees is the disappearing snow. But we have the advantage of the opportunity to know Jesus.|
WARNING!!!! This first video is TEN HOURS LONG. It is ambiance for better sleeping, relaxing, etc. It simply makes me want to burrow deeper under the covers. So, due to the length, you may want to stop it or skip it altogether.
And I wanted a version of Winter Wonderland, but I had no idea that Bing Crosby had leant his voice and cartoon image for an animation. This was delightful.
The following is a song that I had never heard, Winter Snow Song by Audrey Assad with Chris Tomlin. If Jesus was really born in the late Spring, early Summer as most scholars suggest, it makes the song a little off historically, but it is still beautiful.
Hillsong Worship – Seasons
If you like these Saturday morning Bible quizzes, but you think you missed a few, you can use this LINK. I have set up a page off the home page for links to these Saturday morning posts. I will continue to modify the page as I add more.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.