Psalm 18:11
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New International Version
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.

New Living Translation
He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.

English Standard Version
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him, thick clouds dark with water.

New American Standard Bible
He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

King James Bible
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He made darkness His hiding place, dark storm clouds His canopy around Him.

International Standard Version
He made darkness his hiding place, his canopy surrounding him was dark waters and thick clouds.

NET Bible
He shrouded himself in darkness, in thick rain clouds.

New Heart English Bible
He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He set darkness for his refuge and his tabernacle around him, and darkness of waters in clouds of the air.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He made the darkness his hiding place, the dark rain clouds his covering.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He made darkness His hiding-place, His pavilion round about Him; Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

New American Standard 1977
He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him,
            Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He made darkness his hiding place; in his tabernacle round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
He made darkness his secret place; his canopy round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

American King James Version
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

American Standard Version
He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion round about him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he made darkness his covert, his pavilion round about him: dark waters in the clouds of the air.

Darby Bible Translation
He made darkness his secret place, his tent round about him: darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

English Revised Version
He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion round about him; darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Webster's Bible Translation
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion around him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

World English Bible
He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Young's Literal Translation
He maketh darkness His secret place, Round about Him His tabernacle, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Rock
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. 12From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:11
"You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom.

1 Kings 8:12
Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that He would dwell in the thick cloud.

Psalm 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

Isaiah 40:22
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

Jeremiah 43:10
and say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Behold, I am going to send and get Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and I am going to set his throne right over these stones that I have hidden; and he will spread his canopy over them.
Treasury of Scripture

He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

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Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the …

Psalm 81:7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the …

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under …

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Psalm 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment …

Deuteronomy 4:11 And you came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain …

Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick …

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