Psalm 29:9
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New International Version
The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"

New Living Translation
The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, "Glory!"

English Standard Version
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

New American Standard Bible
The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, "Glory!"

King James Bible
The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the woodlands bare. In His temple all cry, "Glory!"

International Standard Version
The voice of the LORD causes deer to give birth, and strips the forest bare. In his Temple all of them shout, "Glory!"

NET Bible
The LORD's shout bends the large trees and strips the leaves from the forests. Everyone in his temple says, "Majestic!"

New Heart English Bible
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare. In his temple everything says, "Glory."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the voice of Lord Jehovah that shakes the bushes and uproots forests, and in his temple everyone says, “Glory”!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The voice of the LORD splits the oaks and strips [the trees of] the forests bare. Everyone in his temple is saying, "Glory!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, And strippeth the forests bare; And in His temple all say: 'Glory.'

New American Standard 1977
The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve,
            And strips the forests bare,
            And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
The voice of the LORD shall make the hinds to calve and shall uncover the forests: and in his temple every one speaks to his glory.

King James 2000 Bible
The voice of the LORD makes the hinds to calve, and strips bare the forests: and in his temple does every one speak of his glory.

American King James Version
The voice of the LORD makes the hinds to calve, and discovers the forests: and in his temple does every one speak of his glory.

American Standard Version
The voice of Jehovah maketh the hinds to calve, And strippeth the forests bare: And in his temple everything saith, Glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The voice of the Lord prepareth the stags: and he will discover the thick woods: and in his temple all shall speak his glory.

Darby Bible Translation
The voice of Jehovah maketh the hinds to calve, and layeth bare the forests; and in his temple doth every one say, Glory!

English Revised Version
The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and strippeth the forests bare: and in his temple every thing saith, Glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and maketh bare the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.

World English Bible
Yahweh's voice makes the deer calve, and strips the forests bare. In his temple everything says, "Glory!"

Young's Literal Translation
The voice of Jehovah paineth the oaks, And maketh bare the forests, And in His temple every one saith, 'Glory.'
Study Bible
Ascribe Glory to the Lord
8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 9The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, "Glory!" 10The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.…
Cross References
Job 39:1
"Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer?

Psalm 24:7
Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!

Psalm 26:8
O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house And the place where Your glory dwells.
Treasury of Scripture

The voice of the LORD makes the hinds to calve, and discovers the forests: and in his temple does every one speak of his glory.

maketh, or as Bp Lowth and others, 'maketh the oaks to tremble and maketh bare the forests;' understanding ayyaloth, as denoting here, not hinds, but oaks, as it signifies in Syriac

Job 39:1-3 Know you the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or …

calve. or, be in pain
discovereth

Psalm 63:2 To see your power and your glory, so as I have seen you in the sanctuary.

Isaiah 9:18 For wickedness burns as the fire: it shall devour the briers and …

Isaiah 10:18,19 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, …

Ezekiel 20:46-48 Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop your word toward …

in his temple

Psalm 46:2-5 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though …

Psalm 48:9 We have thought of your loving kindness, O God, in the middle of your temple.

Psalm 134:1,2 Behold, bless you the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, which by …

Psalm 135:1,2 Praise you the LORD. Praise you the name of the LORD; praise him, …

doth. or, every whit of it uttereth

(9) Maketh the hinds to calve.--Literally, maketh the hinds writhe (with pain). (See margin. Comp. Job 39:1, where the hind's habit of hiding its young for safety is alluded to, a habit which the violence of the storm makes it forget.) Both Plutarch and Pliny notice the custom of shepherds to collect their flocks during a thunderstorm, for such as are left alone and are separated, are apt, through terror, to cast their young.

Discovereth the forests.--The word "discovereth" comes from the LXX. and Vulgate. Literally, peels or strips--the effects both of wind and lightning. Passing over the sands of the Arabah, the storm has reached the "acacias and palms and vegetation which clothe the rocks of granite and porphyry in the neighbourhood of Petra." Forests may seem rather a large word for such vegetation, but Stanley remarks of the Arabah that "the shrubs at times give it almost the appearance of a jungle." Similar effects of a storm upon a forest are described by Tennyson in Vivien:

"Scarce had she ceased when out of heaven a bolt

(For now the storm was close above them) struck,

Furrowing a giant oak, and javelining

With darted spikes and splinters of the wood

The dark earth round. He raised his eyes and saw

The tree that shone white-listed thro' the gloom."

In his temple.--Better, in his palace--i.e., the heavenly palace, as in Psalm 11:4; Psalm 18:6. (See Psalm 29:1.) The angelic spectators of the magnificent drama enacted below them cry (not merely speak of, as Authorised Version, but utter the word) each one, "Glory," obeying the poet's invocation in the prelude.

Notice that the effect of the storm on men is supposed to be all summed up in the poet's own attitude of listening awe. There is no actual mention of this part of creation; but one feels from the poem that while inanimate nature trembles and suffers, and the godlike intelligences of heaven are engaged in praise, man listens and is mute.

Verse 9. - The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve. Plutarch says, "Shepherds accustom their flocks in a thunderstorm to keep together, and put their heads in the same direction; for such as are left alone and separated from the rest through terror cast their young" ('Sympos.,' Quest. 2.). And Pliny, "Solitary sheep cast their lambs in thunderstorms; the remedy is to keep the flock together, since it helps them to have company." A traveller in South Africa observes, "In Bechuanaland, when there are heavy thunderstorms, the antelopes flee in consternation; and the poor Bechuanas start off on the morning following such a storm in quest of the young which have been cast through horror" (see Moffat's 'South Africa,' quoted by Dr. Kay, in his 'Commentary on the Psalms,' p. 93). And discovereth the forests; or, strippeth the forests. Denudes them of their leaves and branches. And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory; i.e. his grand temple, or palace (heykal), of heaven and earth. In this temple "every one," or rather everything, all that is in it. is continually speaking of his glory (literally, "says, Glory!"). The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,.... Which being timorous creatures, the bringing forth of their young, which is naturally very painful and difficult, is lessened and facilitated by thunder; they being either so frightened with it that they feel not their pains; or their pains, being hastened by it, become more easy; and naturalists observe, that the time of bringing forth their young is at that season of the year when thunder is most frequent; see Job 39:1. Thunder has a like effect on sheep, and makes them abortive (g): this may be applied to the Gospel, which is the means of bringing forth souls to Christ by his churches and ministers; who may very fitly be compared to hinds for their love and loveliness, their swiftness and readiness to do the will of Christ, and their eager desires after communion with him, Proverbs 5:19;

and discovereth the forests; or "maketh bare" (h): by beating off the leaves and branches of trees, and them to the ground; or by causing the wild beasts that frequent them to retire to their holes and dens; which effects are produced by thunder; and this aptly agrees with the Gospel, which is a revelation of secrets, of the thickets and deep things of God; of his council, covenant, mind, and will; and of the mysteries of his grace to the sons of men, and generally to babes, or men of their capacities; and of its stripping them of all their own righteousness, and dependence on it;

and in his temple doth everyone speak of his glory; either in heaven, where angels and glorified saints are continually employed in speaking of his glorious name, nature, and works; or in the temple, or tabernacle at Jerusalem, where the Levites stood to praise the Lord morning and evening, and where the tribes went up to worship, and to give thanks unto the Lord, 1 Chronicles 23:30; or the church of God, which is the temple of the living God, whither saints resort, and where they dwell, and speak of the glory of God, of his divine perfections, and of his works of creation and providence; and of the glory of the person of Christ, and salvation by him; and of the glorious work of grace begun in their souls by the blessed Spirit; for hither such as have heard the voice of Christ, and have felt the power of it, and have found it to be a soul-shaking, an heart-breaking, and an illuminating voice, come, and declare it to the glory of the grace of God.

(g) Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 3. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 47. (h) "et denudat", Musculus, Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus; so Cocceius, Michaelis, Ainsworth. 9. Terror-stricken animals and denuded forests close the illustration. In view of this scene of awful sublimity, God's worshippers respond to the call of Ps 29:2, and speak or cry, "Glory!" By "temple," or "palace" (God's residence, Ps 5:7), may here be meant heaven, or the whole frame of nature, as the angels are called on for praise.29:1-11 Exhortation to give glory to God. - The mighty and honourable of the earth are especially bound to honour and worship him; but, alas, few attempt to worship him in the beauty of holiness. When we come before him as the Redeemer of sinners, in repentance faith, and love, he will accept our defective services, pardon the sin that cleaves to them, and approve of that measure of holiness which the Holy Spirit enables us to exercise. We have here the nature of religious worship; it is giving to the Lord the glory due to his name. We must be holy in all our religious services, devoted to God, and to his will and glory. There is a beauty in holiness, and that puts beauty upon all acts of worship. The psalmist here sets forth God's dominion in the kingdom of nature. In the thunder, and lightning, and storm, we may see and hear his glory. Let our hearts be thereby filled with great, and high, and honourable thoughts of God, in the holy adoring of whom, the power of godliness so much consists. O Lord our God, thou art very great! The power of the lightning equals the terror of the thunder. The fear caused by these effects of the Divine power, should remind us of the mighty power of God, of man's weakness, and of the defenceless and desperate condition of the wicked in the day of judgment. But the effects of the Divine word upon the souls of men, under the power of the Holy Spirit, are far greater than those of thunder storms in the nature world. Thereby the stoutest are made to tremble, the proudest are cast down, the secrets of the heart are brought to light, sinners are converted, the savage, sensual, and unclean, become harmless, gentle, and pure. If we have heard God's voice, and have fled for refuge to the hope set before us, let us remember that children need not fear their Father's voice, when he speaks in anger to his enemies. While those tremble who are without shelter, let those who abide in his appointed refuge bless him for their security, looking forward to the day of judgment without dismay, safe as Noah in the ark.
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