Psalm 18:9
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New International Version
He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.

New Living Translation
He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.

English Standard Version
He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.

New American Standard Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.

King James Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He parted the heavens and came down, a dark cloud beneath His feet.

International Standard Version
He bent the sky and descended, and darkness was under his feet.

NET Bible
He made the sky sink as he descended; a thick cloud was under his feet.

New Heart English Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He bent Heaven and came down, and thick darkness was under his feet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He spread apart the heavens and came down with a dark cloud under his feet.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under His feet.

New American Standard 1977
He bowed the heavens also, and came down
            With thick darkness under His feet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He lowered the heavens and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

King James 2000 Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

American King James Version
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

American Standard Version
He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He bowed the heavens, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

Darby Bible Translation
And he bowed the heavens, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

English Revised Version
He bowed the heavens also, and came down, and thick darkness was under his feet.

Webster's Bible Translation
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

World English Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet.

Young's Literal Translation
And He inclineth the heavens, and cometh down, And thick darkness is under His feet.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Rock
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. 10He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.…
Cross References
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 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

Psalm 144:5
Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.

Isaiah 19:1
The oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt; The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence, And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.

Isaiah 64:1
Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence--
Treasury of Scripture

He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

He bowed. Jehovah is here represented as a mighty warrior going forth to fight the battles of David, When He descended to the engagement, the very heavens bowed to render his descent more awful: His military tent was substantial darkness; the voice of His thunder was the warlike alarm which sounded to battle; the chariot in which He rode was the thick clouds of heaven, conducted by cherubs, and carried on by the irresistible force and rapid wings of an impetuous tempest; and the darts and weapons He employed were thunder-bolts, lightnings, fiery hail, deluging rains, and stormy winds! No wonder that when God arose all His enemies were scattered, and those that hated Him fled before Him.

Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides on the …

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

Deuteronomy 33:26 There is none like to the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven …

2 Samuel 22:10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath: …

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; …

Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be …

Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he has promised, saying, …

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the …

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

darkness

Deuteronomy 5:22,23 These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly in the mount out …

Mark 15:33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole …

John 13:7 Jesus answered and said to him, What I do you know not now; but you …

(9) Darkness.--Better, black cloud. The dark masses of rain-cloud are now gathered, and bend to the earth under the majestic tread of God. (Comp. Nahum 1:3, "and the clouds are the dust of his feet." (Comp. Psalm 144:5.)

Verse 9. - He bowed the heavens also, and came down (comp. Psalm 145:5). In a storm the clouds do actually descend, and the whole heaven seems to be bowed down to earth. God is said to "come down" to earth whenever he delivers the oppressed, and takes vengeance on their oppressors (see Exodus 3:8; 2 Samuel 22:10; Psalm 144:5; Isaiah 64. I, 3, etc.). And darkness was under his feet. A deep darkness commonly accompanies both earthquake and storm. When God actually descended on Mount Sinai, it was amid thunders and lightnings, and "a thick cloud" (Exodus 19:16), elsewhere called "thick darkness" (Deuteronomy 5:22). He bowed the heavens also, and came down,.... To execute wrath and vengeance on wicked men; which is always the sense of these phrases when they go together; see Psalm 144:6; The Targum is, "he bowed the heavens, and his glory appeared"; that is, the glory of his power, and of his mighty hand of vengeance; for not his grace and mercy, but his indignation and wrath, showed themselves; for it follows,

and darkness was under his feet; the Targum is, "a dark cloud", expressive of the awfulness of the dispensation to wicked men; who are not allowed to see the face of God, are debarred his presence, and denied, communion with him, and to whom everything appears awful and terrible, Psalm 97:2. 9. darkness—or, a dense cloud (Ex 19:16; De 5:22).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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