Psalm 18:12
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New International Version
Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

New Living Translation
Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him and rained down hail and burning coals.

English Standard Version
Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.

Berean Study Bible
From the radiance of His presence, His clouds advanced—hailstones and coals of fire.

New American Standard Bible
From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.

King James Bible
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

Christian Standard Bible
From the radiance of his presence, his clouds swept onward with hail and blazing coals.

Contemporary English Version
Hailstones and fiery coals lit up the sky in front of you.

Good News Translation
Hailstones and flashes of fire came from the lightning before him and broke through the dark clouds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From the radiance of His presence, His clouds swept onward with hail and blazing coals.

International Standard Version
The brightness before him scattered the thick clouds, with hail stones and flashes of fire.

NET Bible
From the brightness in front of him came hail and fiery coals.

New Heart English Bible
At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
From the brightness of the tabernacle of his clouds he made hailstones and coals of fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Out of the brightness in front of him, those rain clouds passed by with hailstones and lightning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
At the brightness before Him, there passed through His thick clouds Hailstones and coals of fire.

New American Standard 1977
From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

King James 2000 Bible
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, with hailstones and coals of fire.

American King James Version
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

American Standard Version
At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At the brightness that was before him the clouds passed, hail and coals of fire.

Darby Bible Translation
From the brightness before him his thick clouds passed forth: hail and coals of fire.

English Revised Version
At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

World English Bible
At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

Young's Literal Translation
From the brightness over-against Him His thick clouds have passed on, Hail and coals of fire.
Study Bible
The LORD is My Rock
11He made darkness His hiding place, and storm clouds His canopy around Him. 12From the radiance of His presence, His clouds advanced— hailstones and coals of fire. 13The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded—hailstones and coals of fire.…
Cross References
Joshua 10:11
As they fled before Israel along the descent from Beth-horon to Azekah, the LORD cast down on them large hailstones from the sky, and more of them were killed by the hailstones than by the swords of the Israelites.

Psalm 50:3
Our God comes and will not be silent! Consuming fire precedes Him, and a tempest rages around Him.

Psalm 97:3
Fire goes before Him and consumes His foes on every side.

Psalm 104:2
He wraps Himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the heavens like a tent,

Psalm 140:10
May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into the miry pits, never to rise again.

Psalm 148:8
lightning and hail, snow and clouds, powerful wind fulfilling His word,

Ezekiel 13:13
Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘In My wrath I will release a windstorm, and in My anger torrents of rain and hail will fall with destructive fury.

Ezekiel 38:22
I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrents of rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.

Habakkuk 3:4
His radiance was like the sunlight; rays flashed from His hand, where His power is hidden.

Habakkuk 3:5
Plague went before Him, and pestilence followed in His steps.

Treasury of Scripture

At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

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Psalm 97:3,4 A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about…

Habakkuk 3:4,5 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his …

Matthew 17:2,5 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, …

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Exodus 9:23,24 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent …

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

2 Samuel 22:13-15 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled…

Revelation 16:21 And there fell on men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about …







(12) At the brightness.--This is obscure. Literally, From the brightness before him his clouds passed through (Heb., avar--LXX., ???????; Vulg., transierunt) hail and fiery coals. In Samuel it is "From the brightness before him flamed fiery coals," which is the description we should expect, and, doubtless, gives the sense we are to attach to our text. Through the dark curtain of clouds the lightnings dart like emanations from the Divine brightness which they hide. The difficulty arises from the position of avaiv, "his clouds," which looks like a subject rather than an object to avr�. It has been conjectured, from comparison with Samuel, that the word has been inserted through error, from its likeness to the verb. If retained it must be rendered as object, "Out of the brightness of his presence there passed through his clouds hail and fiery coals." And some obscurity of language is pardonable in a description of phenomena so overpowering and bewildering as "a tempest dropping fire." A modern poet touches this feeling:--

"Then fire was sky, and sky fire,

And both one brief ecstasy,

Then ashes."--R. BROWNING, Easter Day.

In the Authorised Version the thought is of a sudden clearing of the heavens, which is not true to nature, and the clause "hailstones and coals of fire" comes in as an exclamation, as in the next verse. But there it is probably an erroneous repetition, being wanting in Sam. and in the LXX. version of the psalm. Notice how the feeling of the terrible fury of the storm is heightened by the mention of "hail," so rare in Palestine.

Verse 12. - At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed. The "brightness" intended is probably that of lightning. The "thick clouds" are riven and parted asunder for the lightning to burst forth. Then come, almost simultaneously, hail stones and coals of fire; i.e., hail like that which fell in Egypt before the Exodus (Exodus 9:22-34), when "there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail" (ver. 24) - a fire which "ran along upon the ground," or some very unusual electrical phenomenon (see the comment on Exodus in the ' Homiletic Commentary,' p. 208). At the brightness that was before him, The lightning that came out of the thick clouds; which may denote, either the coming of Christ to take vengeance on the Jewish nation, which was swift and sudden, clear and manifest; or the spreading of the Gospel in the Gentile world, in which Christ, the brightness of his Father's glory, appeared to the illumination of many; see Matthew 24:27; and both may be intended, as the effects following show;

his thick clouds passed; that is, passed away; the gross darkness, which had for so many years covered the Gentile world, was removed when God sent forth his light and truth; and multitudes, who were darkness itself, were made light in the Lord;

hail stones and coals of fire; the same Gospel that was enlightening to the Gentiles, and the savour of life unto life unto them, was grievous, like hail stones, and tormenting, scorching, irritating, and provoking, like coals of fire, and the savour of death unto death, to the Jews; when God provoked them, by sending the Gospel among the Gentiles, and calling them: or these may design the heavy, awful, and consuming judgments of God upon them, which are sometimes signified by hail storms; see Revelation 8:7. In 2 Samuel 22:13, it is only, "through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled". 12. Out of this obscurity, which impresses the beholder with awe and dread, He reveals Himself by sudden light and the means of His terrible wrath (Jos 10:11; Ps 78:47).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.



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