Psalm 18:14
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New International Version
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.

New Living Translation
He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; his lightning flashed, and they were greatly confused.

English Standard Version
And he sent out his arrows and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings and routed them.

New American Standard Bible
He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.

King James Bible
Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He shot His arrows and scattered them; He hurled lightning bolts and routed them.

International Standard Version
He shot his arrows and scattered them; with many lightning bolts he frightened them.

NET Bible
He shot his arrows and scattered them, many lightning bolts and routed them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He sent his arrows and scattered them; he increased his lightnings and he troubled them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He shot his arrows and scattered them. He flashed streaks of lightning and threw them into confusion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He sent out his arrows and scattered them; he shot out lightnings and destroyed them.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and vanquished them.

American King James Version
Yes, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightning, and discomfited them.

American Standard Version
And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; Yea, lightnings manifold, and discomfited them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he sent forth his arrows, and he scattered them: he multiplied lightnings, and troubled them.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sent his arrows, and scattered [mine enemies]; and he shot forth lightnings, and discomfited them.

English Revised Version
And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; yea, lightnings manifold, and discomfited them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

World English Bible
He sent out his arrows, and scattered them; Yes, great lightning bolts, and routed them.

Young's Literal Translation
And He sendeth His arrows and scattereth them, And much lightning, and crusheth them.
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 14. - Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them. God's "arrows" are often spoken cf. Job felt them within him (Job 6:4). David has already said of them, that they are "ordained against the persecutors" (Psalm 7:13). We may understand by the expression any sharp pains, mental or bodily, which God sends. And he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them. The effect of the tempest of God's wrath is to "scatter" and "discomfit" the enemy (comp. Exodus 14:24). Instead of" and he shot out lightnings," our Revisers give, and lightnings manifold, which is perhaps better.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yea, he sent out his arrows,.... By which thunderbolts, cracks of thunder, and flashes of lightning, seem to be meant; see Psalm 77:17; comparable to arrows shot, and sent out of a bow; and may denote, either the doctrines of the Gospel, which were sharp in the hearts of Christ's enemies, and are either the means of subduing them to him, or of destroying them, being the savour of death unto death; or however, like arrows, give great pain and uneasiness where they stick, and grievously distress and torment; as does the fire which comes out of the mouth of the two witnesses, Revelation 11:5. The Targum is,

"he sent his word as arrows;''

or else the judgments of God are meant, as famine, pestilence, and the sword, which God sent unto, and spent upon the Jewish nation, Deuteronomy 32:23;

and scattered them; among the nations of the world, where they have been dispersed ever since;

and he shot out lightnings; or "many lightnings", so the Targum:

and discomfited them; troubled, terrified, and distressed them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. The fiery brightness of lightning, in shape like burning arrows rapidly shot through the air, well represents the most terrible part of an awful storm. Before the terrors of such a scene the enemies are confounded and overthrown in dismay.

Psalm 18:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Rock
13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. 14He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them. 15Then the channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:23
"I will heap calamities on them and spend my arrows against them.

1 Samuel 2:10
those who oppose the LORD will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. "He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed."

1 Samuel 7:10
While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the LORD thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites.

Psalm 7:13
He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.

Psalm 11:6
On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.

Psalm 45:5
Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Psalm 68:30
Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.

Psalm 77:17
The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.

Psalm 89:10
You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.

Psalm 144:6
Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them.

Jeremiah 46:15
Why will your warriors be laid low? They cannot stand, for the LORD will push them down.

Habakkuk 3:11
Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear.

Zechariah 9:14
Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south,
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightning, and discomfited them.

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Psalm 21:12 Therefore shall you make them turn their back, when you shall make …

Psalm 77:17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: your arrows …

Numbers 24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength …

Deuteronomy 32:23,42 I will heap mischiefs on them; I will spend my arrows on them…

Joshua 10:10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a …

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof …

Isaiah 30:30 And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall …

Habakkuk 3:11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of …

he shot

Psalm 144:6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out your arrows, and destroy them.

Job 38:35 Can you send lightning, that they may go and say to you, Here we are?

Job 40:9-12 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him…

Zechariah 9:14,15 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth …

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