Psalm 18:7
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New International Version
The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.

New Living Translation
Then the earth quaked and trembled. The foundations of the mountains shook; they quaked because of his anger.

English Standard Version
Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

New American Standard Bible
Then the earth shook and quaked; And the foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry.

King James Bible
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the earth shook and quaked; the foundations of the mountains trembled; they shook because He burned with anger.

International Standard Version
The world shook and trembled; the foundations of the mountains quaked, they shook because he was angry.

NET Bible
The earth heaved and shook; the roots of the mountains trembled; they heaved because he was angry.

New Heart English Bible
Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken, because he was angry.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Earth trembled and shook and the foundations of the mountains shook and were split, because he was furious against them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the earth shook and quaked. Even the foundations of the mountains trembled. They shook violently because he was angry.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then the earth did shake and quake, The foundations also of the mountains did tremble; They were shaken, because He was wroth.

New American Standard 1977
Then the earth shook and quaked;
            And the foundations of the mountains were trembling
            And were shaken, because He was angry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the mountains collapsed and were removed because he was wroth.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was angry.

American King James Version
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

American Standard Version
Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations also of the mountains quaked And were shaken, because he was wroth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The earth shook and trembled: the foundations of the mountains were troubled and were moved, because he was angry with them.

Darby Bible Translation
Then the earth shook and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains trembled and shook, because he was wroth.

English Revised Version
Then the earth shook and trembled, me foundations also of the mountains moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

World English Bible
Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken, because he was angry.

Young's Literal Translation
And shake and tremble doth the earth, And foundations of hills are troubled, And they shake -- because He hath wrath.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Rock
6In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears. 7Then the earth shook and quaked; And the foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry. 8Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:22
For a fire is kindled in My anger, And burns to the lowest part of Sheol, And consumes the earth with its yield, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Judges 5:4
"LORD, when You went out from Seir, When You marched from the field of Edom, The earth quaked, the heavens also dripped, Even the clouds dripped water.

Psalm 46:2
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

Psalm 60:2
You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters.

Psalm 68:7
O God, when You went forth before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.

Psalm 68:8
The earth quaked; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

Psalm 77:18
The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.

Psalm 114:4
The mountains skipped like rams, The hills, like lambs.

Psalm 114:6
O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?

Isaiah 2:19
Men will go into caves of the rocks And into holes of the ground Before the terror of the LORD And the splendor of His majesty, When He arises to make the earth tremble.
Treasury of Scripture

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

earth

Psalm 114:4-7 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs…

Matthew 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord …

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled …

Acts 16:25,26 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and …

foundations

Psalm 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though …

Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, …

Jeremiah 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, see, they trembled, and all the hills …

Ezekiel 38:19,20 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely …

Habakkuk 3:6,10 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the …

Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day on the mount of Olives, which …

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, …

(7) The earth shook.--The sudden burst of the storm is the Divine answer to the sufferer's prayer. For similar manifestations comp. Psalm 68:7-8; Psalm 77:14-20; Amos 9:5; Micah 1:3; Habakkuk 3:4; but here the colours are more vivid, and the language more intense. In fact, the whole realm of poetry cannot show a finer feeling for nature in her wrath. We first hear the rumbling of the earth, probably earthquake preceding the storm (for volcanic phenomena of Palestine see Stanley's Sinai and Palestine, 124), or possibly only its distant threatening. Comp.

"Earth groans as if beneath a heavy load."

BYRON.

Foundations also of the hills.--In Sam., "of the heavens"--i.e., the hills, called also "the pillars of heaven" (Job 26:11).

Verse 7. - Then the earth shook and trembled; or, quailed and quaked (Kay, who thus expresses the assonance of the Hebrew vat-tig'ash vat-tir ash). The psalmist must not be understood literally. He does not mean that the deliverance came by earthquake, storm, and thunder, but describes the discomfiture and dismay of his opponents by a series of highly poetical images. In these he, no doubt, follows nature closely, and probably describes what he had seen, heard, and felt. The foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken. In violent earthquakes, the earth seems to rock to its foundations; mountain ranges are sometimes actually elevated to a height of several feet; rocks topple down; and occasionally there are earth-slips of enormous dimensions. Because he was wroth. God's anger against the psalmist's enemies produced the entire disturbance which he is describing. Then the earth shook and trembled,.... As it did quickly after Christ called upon the Lord, and cried to his God upon the cross, Matthew 27:50; and so some time after, when his people were praying together, the place where they were assembled was shaken, Acts 4:31; as a token of God's presence being with them: and the shaking and trembling of the earth is often used as a symbol of the presence of God, and of the greatness of his majesty; as when he brought the children of Israel through the Red sea, went before them in the wilderness, and descended on Mount Sinai, which mountain then moved and quaked exceedingly; see Psalm 104:32; and it is easy to observe, that in this, and other parts of this majestic account of the appearance of God on the behalf of the person the subject of this psalm, and against his enemies, there are manifest allusions to the giving of the law on Mount Sinai; though it may be this shaking of the earth, and what follows, are to be understood in a figurative sense;

the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken; and design the shaking of the earth and heavens, prophesied of in Haggai 2:6; and which is explained in Hebrews 12:26; of the removing the ordinances of the ceremonial law, that Gospel ordinances might remain unshaken; for in 2 Samuel 22:8; the words are, "the foundations of heaven moved and shook"; and the shaking and moving of the earth and mountains may denote the abolition and destruction of kingdoms and nations; and first of the civil polity of the Jews, and of their ecclesiastical state, which quickly ensued upon the death of Christ; and next of the ruin of Rome Pagan, and then of Rome Papal; which are both signified by an earthquake, and by the removal of mountains, Revelation 6:12;

because he was wroth; with the people of the Jews, for disbelieving and rejecting the Messiah; for setting themselves, and taking counsel together against him, and putting him to death; for these things God was angry with them, and wrath came upon them to the uttermost, and their nation, city, and temple were destroyed, Psalm 2:1; and with the Pagan empire and antichristian powers, Revelation 6:16. 7, 8. God's coming described in figures drawn from His appearance on Sinai (compare De 32:22).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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