2 Samuel 22:12
New International Version
He made darkness his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky.

New Living Translation
He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dense rain clouds.

English Standard Version
He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water.

Berean Study Bible
He made darkness a canopy around Him, a gathering of water and thick clouds.

King James Bible
And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.

New King James Version
He made darkness canopies around Him, Dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

New American Standard Bible
“He made darkness canopies around Him, A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.

NASB 1995
“And He made darkness canopies around Him, A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.

NASB 1977
“And He made darkness canopies around Him, A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.

Amplified Bible
“He made darkness canopies around Him, A mass of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Christian Standard Bible
He made darkness a canopy around him, a gathering of water and thick clouds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He made darkness a canopy around Him, a gathering of water and thick clouds.

American Standard Version
And he made darkness pavilions round about him, Gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he made darkness for his refuge and around him was his tabernacle, the darkness of waters in the clouds

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he made darkness his hiding-place; his tabernacle round about him was the darkness of waters, he condensed it with the clouds of the air.

Contemporary English Version
Darkness was your tent! Thunderclouds filled the sky, hiding you from sight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He made darkness a covering round about him: dropping waters out of the clouds of the heavens.

English Revised Version
And he made darkness pavilions round about him, gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Good News Translation
He covered himself with darkness; thick clouds, full of water, surrounded him;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He surrounded himself with darkness. He made the dark rain clouds his covering.

International Standard Version
The darkness around him was his canopies— amassed water was his overhanging clouds!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He made darkness pavilions round about Him, Gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Literal Standard Version
And He sets darkness around Him [for His] dwelling places, Darkness of waters [and] thick clouds of the skies.

NET Bible
He shrouded himself in darkness, in thick rain clouds.

New Heart English Bible
He made darkness his hiding place, his canopy around him thick clouds dark with water.

World English Bible
He made darkness pavilions around himself: gathering of waters, and thick clouds of the skies.

Young's Literal Translation
And He setteth darkness Round about Him -- tabernacles, Darkness of waters -- thick clouds of the skies.

Additional Translations ...
Context
David's Song of Deliverance
11He mounted a cherub and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind. 12He made darkness a canopy around Him, a gathering of water and thick clouds. 13From the brightness of His presence coals of fire blazed forth.…

Cross References
1 Kings 20:12
Ben-hadad received this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents, and he said to his servants, "Take your positions." So they stationed themselves against the city.

Job 36:29
Furthermore, who can understand how the clouds spread out, how the thunder roars from His pavilion?


Treasury of Scripture

And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.

made

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

Psalm 18:11,12
He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies…

Psalm 27:5
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

dark waters [heb] binding waters









(12) Made darkness pavilions.--Psalms 18, more fully, "He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters." A word appears to have dropped out here, and in the second clause the margin, "binding (or gathering) of waters" is a more exact translation, the word differing in one letter from that used in the psalm.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He made
וַיָּ֥שֶׁת (way·yā·šeṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7896: To put, set

darkness
חֹ֛שֶׁךְ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

a canopy
סֻכּ֑וֹת (suk·kō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5521: A thicket, booth

around Him,
סְבִיבֹתָ֖יו (sə·ḇî·ḇō·ṯāw)
Adverb | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5439: A circle, neighbour, environs, around

a gathering
חַֽשְׁרַת־ (ḥaš·raṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 2841: A combination, gathering, of watery clouds

of water
מַ֖יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

and thick clouds.
עָבֵ֥י (‘ā·ḇê)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 5645: An envelope, darkness, a, cloud, a copse


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