English Standard Version
He made darkness around him his canopy, thick clouds, a gathering of water.
King James Bible
And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
American Standard Version
And he made darkness pavilions round about him, Gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
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.
Webster's Bible Translation
And he made darkness pavilions around him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
2 Samuel 22:12 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
5 For breakers of death had compassed me,
Streams of wickedness terrified me.
6 Cords of hell had girt me about,
Snares of death overtook me.
7 In my distress I called Jehovah,
And to my God Icalled;
And He heard my voice out of His temple,
And my crying came into His ears.
David had often been in danger of death, most frequently at the time when he was pursued by Saul, but also in Absalom's conspiracy, and even in several wars (cf. 2 Samuel 21:16). All these dangers, out of which the Lord delivered him, and not merely those which originated with Saul, are included in 2 Samuel 22:5, 2 Samuel 22:6. The figure "breakers or waves of death" is analogous to that of the "streams of Belial." His distress is represented in both of them under the image of violent floods of water. In the psalm we find מות חבלי, "snares of death," as in Psalm 116:3, death being regarded as a hunger with a net and snare (cf. Psalm 91:3): this does not answer to well to the parallel נחלי, and therefore is not so good, since שׁאול חבלי follows immediately. בליּעל (Belial), uselessness in a moral sense, or worthlessness. The meaning "mischief," or injury in a physical sense, which many expositors give to the word in this passage on account of the parallel "death," cannot be grammatically sustained. Belial was afterwards adopted as a name for the devil (2 Corinthians 6:15). Streams of wickedness are calamities that proceed from wickedness, or originate with worthless men. קדּם, to come to meet with a hostile intention, i.e., to fall upon (vid., Job 30:27). היכל, the temple out of which Jehovah heard him, was the heavenly abode of God, as in Psalm 11:4; for, according to 2 Samuel 22:8., God came down from heaven to help him.
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dark waters [heb] binding waters
1 Kings 20:12
When Ben-hadad heard this message as he was drinking with the kings in the booths, he said to his men, "Take your positions." And they took their positions against the city.
Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?
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