1 Kings 19:12

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
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Ephrem The Syrian

AD 373
“Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.” Now, after the wind, the earthquake came, and after the earthquake the fire, and [Elijah] noticed that the Lord was not in the earthquake or in the fire. This was the purpose of such a revelation: the Lord wanted to instruct the prophet through various figures in order to correct his excessive zeal and to lead him to imitate, according to righteousness, the providence of the most High who regulates the judgments of his justice through the abundant mercy of his grace. From the allegorical point of view this is the meaning of the frightening signs that precede the coming of the Lord: the earthquake and the fire kindled by the strong winds prefigure the type of the dreadful signs that will precede the final day of judgment. - "On the First Book of Kings 19.11"

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Air. Something similar happened at the giving of the law, and at the propagation of the gospel, Exodus xix. 9, 16., and Acts ii. 2. The Lord was pleased to show his prophet the difference between the two laws: the one was full of terror, the other of mildness. (Grotius) He insinuated likewise, that he could easily exterminate the offenders, but he chose to bear patiently with them; (Tirinus) and taught his prophet to moderate his zeal, and, after terrifying sinners, to being them to a sense of their duty by gentle means. (Sanctius) (Calmet) "His spirit is most indulgent and mild. ".est teneræ serenitatis, apertus et simplex. (Tertullian, contra Marcion xxiii.)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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