ski (shachaq, "fine dust" or "cloud," apparently from [?] shachaq, "to rub," "to pulverize"; Samaritan:

shechaqayyah instead of Hebrew shamayim; sachq = "cloud," "small dust"):

1. In the Old Testament:

The Revised Version (British and American) has "skies" for the King James Version "clouds" in Job 35:5; 36:28; 37:21; Psalms 36:5; 57:10; 68:34; 78:23; 108:4; Proverbs 3:20; 8:28, in which passages BDB supports the rendering of King James Version. In Psalms 89:6,37 Revised Version (British and American) has "sky" for King James Version "heaven." English Versions has "sky" in Deuteronomy 33:26; 2 Samuel 22:12; Job 37:18; Psalms 18:11; 77:1; Isaiah 45:8; Jeremiah 51:9. The word occurs mainly in poetical passages.

2. In the New Ttestament:

In the New Testament ouranos, is translated "heaven" (the King James Version "sky") in connection with the weather in Matthew 16:2,3; Luke 12:56. In Hebrews 11:12 we find "the stars of heaven" ("the sky") as a figure of multitude. The conception, however, that the visible "sky" is but the dome-like floor of a higher world often makes it hard to tell whether "heaven" in certain passages may or may not be identified with the sky.


Alfred Ely Day

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'SKY'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.