Psalm 148:8
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New International Version
lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,

New Living Translation
fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him,

English Standard Version
fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!

New American Standard Bible
Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

King James Bible
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
lightning and hail, snow and cloud, powerful wind that executes His command,

International Standard Version
fire, hail, snow, fog, and wind storm that carry out his command,

NET Bible
O fire and hail, snow and clouds, O stormy wind that carries out his orders,

New Heart English Bible
Lightning and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling his word;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fire and hail stones and snow and ice, wind and hurricanes, Servants of his word!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
lightning and hail, snow and fog, strong winds that obey his commands,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Fire and hail, snow and vapour, Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

New American Standard 1977
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
            Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

Jubilee Bible 2000
fire and hail; snow and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word,

King James 2000 Bible
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

American King James Version
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

American Standard Version
Fire and hail, snow and vapor; Stormy wind, fulfilling his word;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds which fulfil his word:

Darby Bible Translation
Fire and hail, snow and vapour, stormy wind fulfilling his word;

English Revised Version
Fire and hail, snow and vapour; stormy wind, fulfilling his word:

Webster's Bible Translation
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

World English Bible
Lightning and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling his word;

Young's Literal Translation
Fire and hail, snow and vapour, Whirlwind doing His word;
Study Bible
Praise the Lord from the Heavens!
7Praise the LORD from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps; 8Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; 9Mountains and all hills; Fruit trees and all cedars;…
Cross References
Job 37:12
"It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.

Psalm 18:12
From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalm 103:20
Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word!

Psalm 104:4
He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers.

Psalm 107:25
For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, Which lifted up the waves of the sea.

Psalm 135:7
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.

Psalm 147:16
He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.
Treasury of Scripture

Fire, and hail; snow, and vapors; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

fire

Psalm 147:15-18 He sends forth his commandment on earth: his word runs very swiftly…

Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire …

Exodus 9:23-25 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent …

Leviticus 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they …

Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred …

Joshua 10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in …

Job 37:2-6 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goes …

Job 38:22-37 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? or have you seen …

Isaiah 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: …

Joel 2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and …

Amos 7:4 Thus has the Lord GOD showed to me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called …

Revelation 16:8,9,21 And the fourth angel poured out his vial on the sun; and power was …

stormy

Psalm 107:25-29 For he commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves thereof…

Exodus 10:13,19 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the …

Exodus 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused …

Amos 4:13 For, see, he that forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and …

Jonah 1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a …

Matthew 8:24-27 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, so that the …

(8) Fire.--Lightning, as in Psalm 18:12; Psalm 105:32. where it is also found with "hail."

Vapours.--The same Hebrew word in Genesis 19:28 and Psalm 119:83 is rendered "smoke," and from the use of the cognate verb is certainly connected with "burning." Hence we probably have here the figure chiasmus (fire and hail, snow and smoke), the smoke answering to the fire, as the snow to the hail. On the other hand, from Psalm 18:8, Psa_144:5, it is plain that the driving mists of a storm were regarded as smoke. (Comp. "The smoky mountain tops."--TENNYSON.)

This invocation of the powers of the air is a fine poetic touch, and shows the freedom of lyric treatment of the story of Creation, which in Genesis passes at once from the monsters of the deep to the land and its creatures. To the poet there is another region of life and power; other voices, which, though wild and fierce, may yet join in the grand anthem of praise.

Stormy wind.--As in Psalm 107:25. This, to us, free and uncontrollable agent is yet but a messenger of Jehovah, fulfilling his word (Psalm 104:4).

Verse 8. - Fire and hail. By "fire," in this combination, we must understand "lightning," or rather the various electrical phenomena accompanying storms in the East, which are sometimes very strange and terrible. Snow and vapors; rather, vapor. The mist so often accompanying snowstorms is probably the "vapor" intended. Stormy wind fulfilling his word (comp. Psalm 107:25). Fire, and hail,.... These, and what follow in this verse, are in the air, but are what are exhaled or drawn up from the earth or water; "fire" is lightning, which is very swift in its motion, and powerful in its effects; this is the fire which consumed Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities of the plain; which in Elijah's time came down and destroyed the captains and their fifties; and which attended the Lord's appearance on Mount Sinai; when "the voice of his thunder was in the heaven, the lightnings lightened the world, and the earth trembled and shook", Psalm 77:18; and by which the power, majesty, and glory of God are greatly displayed; see Psalm 29:3; "hail", which is water frozen in the air and congealed; this was one of the plagues of Egypt; and with hailstones many of the Canaanites were slain in the times of Joshua; and by these God has shown his power, and has got himself praise from his people by destroying their enemies, though they have blasphemed his name on account of them, as they will when the great hailstorm of all shall fall, Revelation 16:21;

snow, and vapour; the former is a gift of God, and very beneficial to the earth, and the cause of praise and thankfulness to God; See Gill on Psalm 147:16; the word (f) for "vapour" signifies smoke, and is what rises out of the earth like smoke, as Kimchi and Ben Melech observe; and is hot and dry, and forms lightnings and winds, and has its place among things that occasion praise;

stormy wind fulfilling his word; which is raised up by a word of his command; he creates it, brings it out of his treasures, holds it in his lists, and lets it go out at his pleasure to fulfil his will; either, as at some times in a way of mercy, as to dry up the waters of the flood, to make a way for Israel through the Red sea, to bring quails to them in the wilderness, and rain to the land of Israel in Ahab's time; and sometimes in a way of judgment, to drown Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea, to break the ships of Tarshish, to fetch Jonah the disobedient prophet back, and to distress him afterwards; see Psalm 107:25; to do all this is an argument of divine power, and a proof of deity, as it is of our Lord's, Matthew 8:27. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, read it in the plural number, "which do his word"; referring it not to the stormy wind only, but to fire and hail, snow and vapour; but the Hebrew text restrains it to the stormy wind.

(f) "vapor seu fumus", Piscator, Muis, Gejerus. 8. fulfilling his word—or, law, may be understood of each. Next the most distinguished productions of the vegetable world.148:7-14 Even in this world, dark and bad as it is, God is praised. The powers of nature, be they ever so strong, so stormy, do what God appoints them, and no more. Those that rebel against God's word, show themselves to be more violent than even the stormy winds, yet they fulfil it. View the surface of the earth, mountains and all hills; from the barren tops of some, and the fruitful tops of others, we may fetch matter for praise. And assuredly creatures which have the powers of reason, ought to employ themselves in praising God. Let all manner of persons praise God. Those of every rank, high and low. Let us show that we are his saints by praising his name continually. He is not only our Creator, but our Redeemer; who made us a people near unto him. We may by the Horn of his people understand Christ, whom God has exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour, who is indeed the defence and the praise of all his saints, and will be so for ever. In redemption, that unspeakable glory is displayed, which forms the source of all our hopes and joys. May the Lord pardon us, and teach our hearts to love him more and praise him better.
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