Psalm 18:8
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New International Version
Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.

New Living Translation
Smoke poured from his nostrils; fierce flames leaped from his mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from him.

English Standard Version
Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.

New American Standard Bible
Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.

King James Bible
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Smoke rose from His nostrils, and consuming fire came from His mouth; coals were set ablaze by it.

International Standard Version
In his anger smoke poured out of his nostrils, and consuming fire from his mouth; coals were lit from it.

NET Bible
Smoke ascended from his nose; fire devoured as it came from his mouth; he hurled down fiery coals.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Smoke went up in his wrath and fire from his face. He was inflamed and coals were kindled by him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Smoke went up from his nostrils, and a raging fire came out of his mouth. Glowing coals flared up from it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Smoke went up out of his nostrils, and fire devoured out of his mouth; coals were kindled by it.

King James 2000 Bible
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

American King James Version
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

American Standard Version
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals were kindled by it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There went up a smoke in his wrath: and a fire flamed from his face: coals were kindled by it.

Darby Bible Translation
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals burned forth from it.

English Revised Version
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

Webster's Bible Translation
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

World English Bible
Smoke went out of his nostrils. Consuming fire came out of his mouth. Coals were kindled by it.

Young's Literal Translation
Gone up hath smoke by His nostrils, And fire from His mouth consumeth, Coals have been kindled by it.
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 8. - There went up a smoke out of his nostrils. Emissions of smoke are a common feature of volcanic disturbances, with which earthquakes are closely connected. The LXX. give, instead of "out of his nostrils," in his anger (ἐν ὀργῇ αὐτοῦ), which is better, since the Hebrew prefix בּ, "in," certainly cannot mean "out of." And fire out of his mouth devoured. Fire-balls are said to have accompanied some earthquakes, as especially that one by which Julian's design of rebuilding Jerusalem was frustrated. Coals were kindled by it. The fire-balls above spoken of are declared to have scorched and burnt the workmen employed by Julian (Amm. Marc., 23. 1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There went up a smoke out of his nostrils,.... This, with what follows, describes a storm of thunder; the "smoke" designs thick black clouds, gathered together; "fire" intends lightning; and "coals of fire", hot thunderbolts; and the whole is borrowed from, and is an allusion to what was at the giving of the law on Mount Sinai, Exodus 19:16; The majesty of God is here set forth in much such language as is the leviathan in Job 41:19; the "smoke of his nostrils" seems to intend the indignation of God against the enemies of David, of Christ, and of his people, and the punishment be will inflict upon them, Isaiah 65:5. The Targum interprets it of the pride and insolence of Pharaoh;

and fire out of his mouth devoured; God is a wall of fire round about his people, and a consuming one to his and their enemies. This expresses the wrath of God upon the Jewish nation, and his sending the Roman armies to burn their city, Matthew 22:7;

coals were kindled by it; the Jews being as dry trees, were fit fuel for the fire of divine wrath, and so presently became as coals of fire; so the antichristian party, upon the pouring out of the fourth vial, will be scorched with heat, and blaspheme the name of God, Revelation 16:8.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. smoke out … his nostrils—bitter in His wrath (compare Ps 74:1).

by it—that is, the fire (Ex 19:18).

Psalm 18:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord is My Rock
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. 9He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:22
For a fire will be kindled by my wrath, one that burns down to the realm of the dead below. It will devour the earth and its harvests and set afire the foundations of the mountains.

Psalm 18:15
The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

Psalm 50:3
Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.

Psalm 74:1
A maskil of Asaph. O God, why have you rejected us forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?

Psalm 97:3
Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.

Ezekiel 38:18
This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Ezekiel 38:19
In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.

Daniel 7:10
A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
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There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

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Psalm 11:6 On the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible …

Psalm 21:9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger: the …

Psalm 74:1 O God, why have you cast us off for ever? why does your anger smoke …

Psalm 104:32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the hills, and they smoke.

Psalm 144:5,6 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and …

Genesis 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land …

Leviticus 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they …

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD …

Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred …

Deuteronomy 29:20,23,24 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his …

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

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Daniel 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands …

Amos 4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, …

Nahum 1:5,6 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is …

Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, …

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