Psalm 104:32
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New International Version
he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

New Living Translation
The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains smoke at his touch.

English Standard Version
who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!

New American Standard Bible
He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

King James Bible
He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they pour out smoke.

International Standard Version
He looks at the earth and it shakes; he touches the mountains and they smoke.

NET Bible
He looks down on the earth and it shakes; he touches the mountains and they start to smolder.

New Heart English Bible
He looks at the earth, and it trembles. He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he looks at the earth and it quakes and he rebukes the mountains and they smoke!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He looks at the earth, and it trembles. He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; He toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.

New American Standard 1977
He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
            He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the mountains, and they smoke.

King James 2000 Bible
He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the hills, and they smoke.

American King James Version
He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the hills, and they smoke.

American Standard Version
Who looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; He toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He looketh upon the earth, and maketh it tremble: he toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.

Darby Bible Translation
He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; he toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.

English Revised Version
Who looketh on the earth, and it trembleth; he toucheth the mountains, and they smoke.

Webster's Bible Translation
He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

World English Bible
He looks at the earth, and it trembles. He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is looking to earth, and it trembleth, He cometh against hills, and they smoke.
Study Bible
O Lord, My God, You are Very Great
31Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; Let the LORD be glad in His works; 32He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke. 33I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.…
Cross References
Exodus 19:18
Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.

Judges 5:5
"The mountains quaked at the presence of the LORD, This Sinai, at the presence of the LORD, the God of Israel.

Psalm 97:4
His lightnings lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled.

Psalm 97:5
The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Psalm 114:7
Tremble, O earth, before the Lord, Before the God of Jacob,

Psalm 144:5
Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.

Amos 9:5
The Lord GOD of hosts, The One who touches the land so that it melts, And all those who dwell in it mourn, And all of it rises up like the Nile And subsides like the Nile of Egypt;

Habakkuk 3:10
The mountains saw You and quaked; The downpour of waters swept by. The deep uttered forth its voice, It lifted high its hands.
Treasury of Scripture

He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the hills, and they smoke.

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Psalm 77:16 The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you; they were afraid: …

Psalm 97:4,5 His lightning enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled…

Psalm 114:7 Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence …

Isaiah 64:2 As when the melting fire burns, the fire causes the waters to boil, …

Jeremiah 4:23-26 I beheld the earth, and, see, it was without form, and void; and …

Jeremiah 5:22 Fear you not me? said the LORD: will you not tremble at my presence…

Amos 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwells …

Nahum 1:5,6 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is …

Habakkuk 3:5,6,10 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet…

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

he toucheth

Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour …

Psalm 144:5 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and …

Exodus 19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended …

Isaiah 64:1,2 Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that …

Revelation 19:3 And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

(32) Trembleth.--With the praise is united something of awe and fear, since the majesty and power of Him who made the world is so great. Its very existence is dependent on His will, and a glance, a touch from Him would be enough to shake it to its foundations and consume it. For "the smoky mountain tops," comp. Psalm 144:5, and see Note, Psalm 148:8.

Verse 32. - He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth (comp. Psalm 18:7; Psalm 114:7). The earth "trembles," as knowing that it can be destroyed at any moment. He toucheth the hills, and they smoke; or, the mountains - the strongest portions of the earth (Psalm 36:6; Psalm 65:6) - "smoke" when he touches them (see Exodus 19:18; Deuteronomy 4:11; Psalm 144:5). He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth,.... As Sinai did when he descended on it, Psalm 68:8, to which the allusion seems to be; and a look from him, a severe one, a frowning one, will make the inhabitants of the earth to tremble; a providential look, sending famine, pestilence or the sword among them. A displeased look will make the hearts of his own children tremble, as no doubt Peter's did, when the Lord looked upon him, and he remembered his word; and if a look, much more a word, an awful word, as his voice in the law, pronouncing such cursed as keep it not; and especially the tremendous sentence he will pronounce on the wicked at the last day,

go, ye cursed, &c. and if a look and a word are so terrible, what will be the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger upon those who have refused to give him glory? For the words seem to carry in them a reason why he should be glorified, taken from the consequence of not glorifying him, who has such a majesty in his looks, such a terror in his countenance, and such power in his hands.

He toucheth the hills, and they smoke; as Sinai likewise did, when he was upon it, Exodus 19:18, and as other hills do, when touched with lightning; the tops of mountains, the higher they are, the sooner and the more they smoke (u). God, with a touch of his hand, can set mountains on fire, open "volcanos", and cause them to burn for years together; as Etna, Vesuvius, Hecla, and others: and how easily can he set on fire the course of nature, burn the world, and all that is in it! It is but touching it, and it takes fire immediately: this he can as easily do as a man can light a torch or a candle; and as easily can he destroy sinners with the fire of his wrath, or cast them into everlasting fire, with the devil and his angels, which will burn to the lowest hell; and what are hills and mountains, or the greatest personages on earth, if he does but touch them, or lay his hand upon them in wrath? They are crushed as the moth; they are nothing before our great Zerubbabel.

(u) "Montis vicina cacumina coelo----Tanto "magis edita fumant", Lucret. de Rerum Natura, l. 6. v. 458, 459. 104:31-35 Man's glory is fading; God's glory is everlasting: creatures change, but with the Creator there is no variableness. And if mediation on the glories of creation be so sweet to the soul, what greater glory appears to the enlightened mind, when contemplating the great work of redemption! There alone can a sinner perceive ground of confidence and joy in God. While he with pleasure upholds all, governs all, and rejoices in all his works, let our souls, touched by his grace, meditate on and praise him.
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