Psalm 144:5
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New International Version
Part your heavens, LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

New Living Translation
Open the heavens, LORD, and come down. Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.

English Standard Version
Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!

New American Standard Bible
Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.

King James Bible
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, part Your heavens and come down. Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.

International Standard Version
Bow your heavens, LORD, and descend; touch the mountains, and they will smolder.

NET Bible
O LORD, make the sky sink and come down! Touch the mountains and make them smolder!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bend Heaven, Lord Jehovah, and come down, and severely rebuke the mountains and they will be reduced to smoke!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, bend your heaven low, and come down. Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

King James 2000 Bible
Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

American King James Version
Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

American Standard Version
Bow thy heavens, O Jehovah, and come down: Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lord, bow down thy heavens and descend: touch the mountains and they shall smoke.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, bow thy heavens, and come down; touch the mountains, that they smoke;

English Revised Version
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

World English Bible
Part your heavens, Yahweh, and come down. Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah, incline Thy heavens and come down, Strike against mountains, and they smoke.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

144:1-8 When men become eminent for things as to which they have had few advantages, they should be more deeply sensible that God has been their Teacher. Happy those to whom the Lord gives that noblest victory, conquest and dominion over their own spirits. A prayer for further mercy is fitly begun with a thanksgiving for former mercy. There was a special power of God, inclining the people of Israel to be subject to David; it was typical of the bringing souls into subjection to the Lord Jesus. Man's days have little substance, considering how many thoughts and cares of a never-dying soul are employed about a poor dying body. Man's life is as a shadow that passes away. In their highest earthly exaltation, believers will recollect how mean, sinful, and vile they are in themselves; thus they will be preserved from self-importance and presumption. God's time to help his people is, when they are sinking, and all other helps fail.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down. The strain changes. From praise of God's loving-kindness and might, the psalmist proceeds to invoke his aid. Taking his metaphors from Psalm 18:9. "Bow thy heavens, O Lord," he says, "and come down" to earth - appear in thy might, to the discomfiture of thy enemies and the relief of thy faithful ones. Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. Do as thou wert pleased to do at Sinai, when thou showedst thyself - "Touch the mountains, and let a smoke go up from them" (see Exodus 19:16, 18; Deuteronomy 4:11; Psalm 18:7-14) - a consuming fire, that shall burn up the ungodly.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down,.... The heavens, which the Lord has made, and where he dwells; and which are under his influence, and he can cause to incline or bow at his pleasure: and which literally may be said to bow, particularly the airy heavens, when these are filled with clouds heavy with rain, and hang low, ready to fall upon the earth, and being rent, let down showers on it: and mystically may design storms of wrath gathering over the heads of ungodly men, and revealed from heaven against them. Or rather, as connected with the phrase, "and come down", denotes some appearance or manifestation of God; either for the help and assistance of his people; or in a way of vengeance against their enemies; or both: and which descent must be understood in consistence with the omnipresence of God; and supposes his habitation to be on high, and is expressive of regard to the persons and affairs of men on earth; and is by some considered as a prayer for the incarnation of Christ, which is sometimes signified by coming down from heaven; not by change of place, nor by bringing an human nature, soul or body, down with him from heaven; but by the assumption of our nature; and which was greatly wished, prayed, and longed for, by the Old Testament saints The Targum is,

"O Lord, bow the heavens, and manifest thyself;''

see Psalm 18:9;

touch the mountains, and they shall smoke; as Mount Sinai did when the Lord descended on it, Exodus 19:18; see Psalm 104:32; These, according to Kimchi, signify mighty kings, strong as mountains: so kingdoms are sometimes called; as the Babylonian empire is called a mountain, a destroying and burnt mountain, Zechariah 4:7. Such kings and kingdoms rose up like mountains against Christ, when here incarnate; and against his Gospel, and the ministry of it by his apostles; as the kingdom and nation of the Jews, and the whole Pagan empire: but these, by a touch of his almighty power, have vanished into smoke, Psalm 2:1, Revelation 8:8.

The Treasury of David

5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down, touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them, shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

Psalm 144:5

"Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down." The heavens are the Lord's own, and he who exalted them can bow them. His servant is struggling against bitter foes, and he finds no help in men, therefore he entreats Jehovah to come down to his rescue. It is, indeed, a coming down for Jehovah to interfere in the conflicts of his tried people. Earth cries to heaven to stoop; nay, the cry is to the Lord of heaven to bow the heaven, and appear among the sons of earth. The Lord has often done this, and never more fully than when in Bethlehem the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us' now doth he know the way, and he never refuses to come down to defend his beloved ones. David would have the real presence of God to counterbalance the mocking appearance of boastful man, eternal verity could alone relieve him of human vanity. "Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke." It was so when the Lord appeared on Sinai; the strongest pillars of earth cannot bear the weight of the finger of God. He is a consuming fire, and his touch kindles the peaks of the Alps, and makes them smoke. If Jehovah would appear, nothing could stand before him; if the mighty mountains smoke at his touch, then all mortal power which is opposed to the Lord must end in smoke. How long-suffering he is to his adversaries, whom he could so readily consume. A touch would do it; God's finger of flame would set the hills on fire, and consume opposition of every kind.

Psalm 144:6

"Cast forth lightning, and scatter them." The Eternal can hurl his lightnings wheresoever he pleases, and effect his purpose instantaneously. The artillery of heaven soon puts the enemy to flight, a single bolt sets the armies running hither and thither in utter rout. "Shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them." Jehovah never misses the mark; his arrows are fatal to his foes when he goes forth to war. It was no common faith which led the poet-king to expect the Lord to use his thunder - bolts on behalf of a single member of that race which he had just now described as "like to vanity." A believer in God may without presumption expect the Almighty Lord to use on his behalf all the stores of his wisdom and power, even the terrible forces of tempest shall be marshalled to the fight, for the defence of the Lord's chosen. When we have once mastered the greater difficulty of the Lord's taking any interest in us, it is but a small thing that we should expect him to exert his great power on our behalf. This is far from being the only time in which this believing warrior had thus prayed: the eighteenth Psalm is specially like the present; the good man was not abashed at his former boldness, but here repeats himself without fear.

Psalm 144:7

"Send thine hand from above." Let thy long and strong arm be stretched out till thine hand seizes my foes, and delivers me from them. "Rid me, and deliver me out of great waters." Make a Moses of me, - one drawn out of the waters. My foes pour in upon me like torrents, they threaten to overwhelm me; save me from their force and fury; take them from me, and me from them. "From the hand of strange children." From foreigners of every race; men strange to me and thee, who therefore must work evil to me, and rebellion against thyself. Those against whom he pleaded were out of covenant with God; they were Philistines and Edomites; or else they were men of his own nation of black heart and traitorous spirit, who were real strangers, though they bore the name of Israel! Oh to be rid of those infidel, blaspheming beings who pollute society with their false teachings and hard speeches! Oh to be delivered from slanderous tongues, deceptive lips, and false hearts! No wonder these words are repeated, for they are the frequent cry of many a tried child of God; - "Rid me and deliver me." The devil's children are strange to us: we can never agree with them, and they will never understand us, they are aliens to us, and we are despised by them. O Lord, deliver us from the evil one, and from all who are of his race.

Psalm 144:8

"Whose mouth speaketh vanity." No wonder that men who are vanity speak vanity. "When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own." They cannot be depended upon, let them promise as fairly as they may: their solemn declarations are light as the foam of the sea, in no wise to be depended upon. Good men desire to be rid of such characters' of all men deceivers and liars are among the most disgusting to true hearts. "And their right hand is a right hand of falsehood." So far their hands and their tongues agree, for they are vanity and falsehood. These men act as falsely as they speak, and prove themselves to be all of a piece. Their falsehood is right-handed, they lie with dexterity, they deceive with all their might. It is a dreadful thing when a man's expertness lies more in lies than in truth; when he can neither speak nor act without proving himself to be false. God save us from lying mouths, and hands of falsehood.

Psalm 144:5 Additional Commentaries
Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock
4Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. 5Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke. 6Flash forth lightning and scatter them; Send out Your arrows and confuse them.…
Cross References
Exodus 19:18
Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently.

Psalm 8:3
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

Psalm 18:9
He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.

Psalm 57:3
He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me-- God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

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

Isaiah 64:1
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!

Amos 9:5
The Lord, the LORD Almighty-- he touches the earth and it melts, and all who live in it mourn; the whole land rises like the Nile, then sinks like the river of Egypt;
Treasury of Scripture

Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.


Psalm 18:9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

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


Psalm 104:32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the hills, and they smoke.

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

Nahum 1:3-6 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all …

Habakkuk 3:3-6 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His …

Hebrews 12:18 For you are not come to the mount that might be touched, and that …

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