Psalm 18:10
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New International Version
He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.

New Living Translation
Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.

English Standard Version
He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.

New American Standard Bible
He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.

King James Bible
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He rode on a cherub and flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.

International Standard Version
He rode upon a cherub and flew; he soared upon the wings of the wind.

NET Bible
He mounted a winged angel and flew; he glided on the wings of the wind.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He rode upon Cherubim and flew; he flew upon the wings of the wind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He rode on one of the angels as he flew, and he soared on the wings of the wind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he rode upon a cherub and flew: yea, he flew upon the wings of the wind.

King James 2000 Bible
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

American King James Version
And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: yes, he did fly on the wings of the wind.

American Standard Version
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; Yea, he soared upon the wings of the wind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he ascended upon the cherubim, and he flew; he flew upon the wings of the winds.

Darby Bible Translation
And he rode upon a cherub and did fly; yea, he flew fast upon the wings of the wind.

English Revised Version
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly, yea, he flew swiftly upon the wings of the wind.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he rode upon a cherub, and flew; yes, he flew upon the wings of the wind.

World English Bible
He rode on a cherub, and flew. Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind.

Young's Literal Translation
And He rideth on a cherub, and doth fly, And He flieth on wings of wind.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1-19 The first words, I will love thee, O Lord, my strength, are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly love God, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may with confidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all the circumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and his goodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was found a prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as he did. God's manifestation of his presence is very fully described, ver. 7-15. Little appeared of man, but much of God, in these deliverances. It is not possible to apply to the history of the son of Jesse those awful, majestic, and stupendous words which are used through this description of the Divine manifestation. Every part of so solemn a scene of terrors tells us, a greater than David is here. God will not only deliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but he will bear them up under their troubles in the mean time. Can we meditate on ver. 18, without directing one thought to Gethsemane and Calvary? Can we forget that it was in the hour of Christ's deepest calamity, when Judas betrayed, when his friends forsook, when the multitude derided him, and the smiles of his Father's love were withheld, that the powers of darkness prevented him? The sorrows of death surrounded him, in his distress he prayed, Heb 5:7. God made the earth to shake and tremble, and the rocks to cleave, and brought him out, in his resurrection, because he delighted in him and in his undertaking.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly. The imagery here transcends all experience, and scarcely admits of comment or explanation. God is represented as borne through the heavens, as he proceeds to execute his purposes, by the highest of his creatures, the cherubim. Elsewhere (Psalm 104:3) he sails through the sky supported on clouds. Yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind; rather, he sped swiftly (Kay). The verb used is different from that translated "did fly" in the preceding verse. It is applied elsewhere especially to the eagle (Deuteronomy 28:49; Jeremiah 48:40; Jeremiah 49:22).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly,.... The Targum renders it in the plural number, "cherubim"; and so the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions; and by whom may be meant, either the angels, who are as horses and chariots, on whom Jehovah rides, and who art he makes use of as executioners of his wrath and vengeance, Zechariah 6:5; and to whom wings are assigned as a token of swiftness, Isaiah 6:2; or rather the ministers of the Gospel, who are the living creatures in Revelation 4:7; and answer to the "cherubim" in Ezekiel's visions; and whom God made use of, especially after the death of Christ, and when the Gospel was rejected by the Jews, to carry it into the Gentile world, which was done by them with great speed and swiftness; and Maimonides (u) gives a caution, not to understand the phrase, "he did fly", as of God, but of the cherub;

yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind; which may design the speedy help and assistance God gave to his Son, and gives to his people; and the swift destruction of their enemies; see Psalm 104:3; the words in 2 Samuel 22:11, with only the variation of a letter in one word, are, "and he was seen upon the wings of the wind"; which were both true; nor need a various reading be supposed, the psalmist using both words at different times, suitable to his purpose, and which both express his sense. Wings are ascribed to the winds by the Heathen poets, and they are represented as winged on ancient monuments (w).

(u) Moreh Nevochim. par. 1. c. 49. (w) Vide Cuperi Apotheos. Homeri, p. 178. Wings are given to the south wind by Ovid, Metamorph. l. 1. Fab. 7. and by Juvenal, Satyr. 5. v. 10. and by Virgil, Aeneid. 8. v. 430. and who also speaks of wings of lightning, Aeneid. 5. v. 319.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. cherub—angelic agents (compare Ge 3:24), the figures of which were placed over the ark (1Sa 4:4), representing God's dwelling; used here to enhance the majesty of the divine advent. Angels and winds may represent all rational and irrational agencies of God's providence (compare Ps 104:3, 4).

did fly—Rapidity of motion adds to the grandeur of the scene.

Psalm 18:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Rock
9He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet. 10He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind. 11He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:11
like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.

Psalm 68:4
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him--his name is the LORD.

Psalm 68:33
to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice.

Psalm 80:1
For the director of music. To the tune of "The Lilies of the Covenant." Of Asaph. A psalm. Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth

Psalm 99:1
The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.

Psalm 104:3
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.

Isaiah 19:1
A prophecy against Egypt: See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.

Ezekiel 10:2
The LORD said to the man clothed in linen, "Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city." And as I watched, he went in.

Ezekiel 10:18
Then the glory of the LORD departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim.

Habakkuk 3:8
Were you angry with the rivers, LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory?
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And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: yes, he did fly on the wings of the wind.

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Psalm 99:1 The LORD reigns; let the people tremble: he sits between the cherubim; …

2 Samuel 22:11,12 And he rode on a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen on the wings …

Ezekiel 1:5-14 Also out of the middle thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. …

Ezekiel 10:20-22 This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by …

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Psalm 104:3 Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds …

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