Psalm 83:14
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New International Version
As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,

New Living Translation
As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,

English Standard Version
As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,

New American Standard Bible
Like fire that burns the forest And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire,

King James Bible
As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As fire burns a forest, as a flame blazes through mountains,

International Standard Version
Like a fire burning a forest, and a flame setting mountains ablaze.

NET Bible
Like the fire that burns down the forest, or the flames that consume the mountainsides,

New Heart English Bible
As the fire that burns the forest, as the flame that sets the mountains on fire,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like fire that is left in a forest like a flame that burns the mountains.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pursue them with your storms, and terrify them with your windstorms

JPS Tanakh 1917
As the fire that burneth the forest, And as the flame that setteth the mountains ablaze;

New American Standard 1977
Like fire that burns the forest,
            And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire,

Jubilee Bible 2000
As the fire burns a wood and as the flame sets the mountains on fire

King James 2000 Bible
As the fire burns wood, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire;

American King James Version
As the fire burns a wood, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire;

American Standard Version
As the fire that burneth the forest, And as the flame that setteth the mountains on fire,

Douay-Rheims Bible
As fire which burneth the wood: and as a flame burning mountains:

Darby Bible Translation
As fire burneth a forest, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire,

English Revised Version
As the fire that burneth the forest, and as the flame that setteth the mountains on fire;

Webster's Bible Translation
As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

World English Bible
As the fire that burns the forest, as the flame that sets the mountains on fire,

Young's Literal Translation
As a fire doth burn a forest, And as a flame setteth hills on fire,
Study Bible
God, Don’t Keep Silent
13O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like chaff before the wind. 14Like fire that burns the forest And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire, 15So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm.…
Cross References
Exodus 19:18
Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.

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.

Isaiah 9:18
For wickedness burns like a fire; It consumes briars and thorns; It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame And they roll upward in a column of smoke.
Treasury of Scripture

As the fire burns a wood, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire;

as the fire

Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, for the king it is prepared; …

Isaiah 33:11,12 You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath, …

Isaiah 64:1,2 Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that …

Ezekiel 20:47,48 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus …

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the …

the flame

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

Nahum 1:6,10 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness …

(14, 15) These verses are rightly taken together. The figure occurs in Isaiah 10:17-18 (comp. Zechariah 12:6), but there as a metaphor; here as a simile. "Before the rains came the whole mountain side was in a blaze. Thorns and briars grow so luxuriantly here that they must be burned off always before the plough can operate. The peasants watch for a high wind, and then the fire catches easily, and spreads with great rapidity" (Thomson, Land and Book, p. 341). The mountains are pre-eminently the pastures. (Comp. Psalm 50:10; Psalm 147:8.)

Verse 14. - As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire. Cause them, i.e., to consume away and perish, as a burning forest, or as blazing brushwood on a mountainside. As the fire burneth the wood,.... Or "forest" (m); which is sometimes done purposely, and sometimes through carelessness, as Virgil (n) observes; and which is done very easily and swiftly, when fire is set to it; even all the trees of it, great and small, to which an army is sometimes compared, Isaiah 10:18, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; either the mountains themselves, as Etna, Vesuvius, and others; or rather the grass and trees that grow upon them, smitten by lightning from heaven, which may be meant by the flame: in like manner it is wished that the fire and flame of divine wrath would consume the confederate enemies of Israel, above mentioned; as wicked men are but as trees of the forest, and the grass of the mountains, or as thorns and briers, to the wrath of God, which is poured out as fire, and is signified by everlasting burnings.

(m) "sylvam", Montanus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c. (n) Georgic. l. 2. v. 310. 14, 15. Pursue them to an utter destruction.83:9-18 All who oppose the kingdom of Christ may here read their doom. God is the same still that ever he was; the same to his people, and the same against his and their enemies. God would make their enemies like a wheel; unsettled in all their counsels and resolves. Not only let them be driven away as stubble, but burnt as stubble. And this will be the end of wicked men. Let them be made to fear thy name, and perhaps that will bring them to seek thy name. We should desire no confusion to our enemies and persecutors but what may forward their conversion. The stormy tempest of Divine vengeance will overtake them, unless they repent and seek the pardoning mercy of their offended Lord. God's triumphs over his enemies, clearly prove that he is, according to his name JEHOVAH, an almighty Being, who has all power and perfection in himself. May we fear his wrath, and yield ourselves to be his willing servants. And let us seek deliverance by the destruction of our fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
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