Cloud. The shelter given, and refreshment of rain promised, by clouds given them their peculiar prominence in Oriental imagery. when a cloud appears rain is ordinarily apprehended, and thus the “cloud without rain” becomes a proverb for the man of promise without performance. Prov. 16:15; Isa. 18:4; 25:5; Jude 12; comp. Prov. 25:14. The cloud is a figure of transitoriness, Job 30:15; Hos. 6:4, and of whatever intercepts divine favor or human supplication. Lam. 2:1; 3:44. A bright cloud at times visited and rested on the mercyseat. Ex. 29:42, 43; 1 Kings 8:10, 11; 2 Chron. 5:14; Ezek. 43:4, and was by later writers named Shechinah.