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High Noon

The English word "noon" is used to translate the Hebrew word of the Old Testament, pronounced tso-har, which means double light, or to glisten. In the New Testament, "noon" is used to translate the Greek word, pronounced mes-aim-bree-ah, meaning middle of the day. References to noon in the Scriptures are sometimes literal, but at other times are used as an analogy for how people who live by physical light alone, no matter how great, are blind to the true Light of the world i.e. "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12 KJV).

"clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning"

The righteous people of the Scriptures commonly prayed three times per day, such as the prophet Daniel who "kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God" (Daniel 6:10 KJV). The reference below from Psalms shows how, for those who prayed three times per day, the noon prayer was the last of the "day" because, to God, days begin and end at sunset, or "evening" (see Sunset or Midnight?, also Hours Of The Day). The first, second and third prayer times of the day were "evening, and morning, and at noon."


"As for me, I will call upon God; and The Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice." (Psalm 55:16-17 KJV)

People ate their noonday meal and then sometimes rested during the hottest part of the day.

"And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon" (Genesis 43:16 KJV)

"And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon" (2 Samuel 4:5 KJV)

Truly repentant people will "see" with more than just the physical light of the world; their vision (pun intented) becomes "clearer than the noonday."

"If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety." (Job 11:13-18 KJV)

On the other hand, the carnal, unrepentant "wise of this world" are in darkness, no matter how bright their physical light.

"He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night. But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth. Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty" (Job 5:13-17 KJV)

Before his conversion, while he was a terrible persecutor of Christians, Saul, who later became the apostle Paul, was struck blind on the road to Damascus at noon. Three days later, the Holy Spirit cured him of his physical blindness and his spiritual blindness. Paul thereafter went on to become one of the greatest Christians of all time, a man who, by means of the Holy Spirit that enabled him to see the Light, wrote much of what became the New Testament (see Paul's Ministry).

"And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest." (Acts 22:6-8 KJV)

"And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight" (Acts 9:8-9 KJV)

"And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with The Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized." (Acts 9:17-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: How was a noonday meal used to teach the apostle Peter that salvation is available to all of humanity, not just physical Israelites?
See Peter's Noonday Vision

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