An Egyptian text dated after the end of the XVIIIth Dynasty (c. 1350 B.C.) describes a calamity as follows:

“The sun is covered and does not shine to the sight of men. Life is no longer possible when the sun is concealed behind the clouds. Ra has turned his face from mankind. If only it would shine even for one hour! No one knows when it is midday. One’s shadow is not discernible. The sun in the heavens resembles the moon….”

For a Biblical text with similar content, see Zephaniah 1:15.