Psalm 29:6
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English Standard Version
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

King James Bible
He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

American Standard Version
He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And shall reduce them to pieces, as a calf of Libanus, and as the beloved son of unicorns.

English Revised Version
He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

Webster's Bible Translation
He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The first half of the Psalm prayed for deliverance and for judgment; this second half gives thanks for both. If the poet wrote the Psalm at one sitting then at this point the certainty of being answered dawns upon him. But it is even possible that he added this second part later on, as a memorial of the answer he experienced to his prayer (Hitzig, Ewald). It sounds, at all events, like the record of something that has actually taken place. Jahve is his defence and shield. The conjoined perfects in Psalm 28:7 denote that which is closely united in actual realisation; and in the fut. consec., as is frequently the case, e.g., in Job 14:2, the historical signification retreats into the background before the more essential idea of that which has been produced. In משּׁירי, the song is conceived as the spring whence the הודות bubble forth; and instead of אודנּוּ we have the more impressive form אהודנּוּ, as in Psalm 45:18; Psalm 116:6; 1 Samuel 17:47, the syncope being omitted. From suffering (Leid) springs song (Lied), and from song springs the praise (Lob) of Him, who has "turned" the suffering, just as it is attuned in Psalm 28:6 and Psalm 28:8.

(Note: There is a play of words and an alliteration in this sentence which we cannot fully reproduce in the English. - Tr.)

The αὐτοί, who are intended by למו in Psalm 28:8, are those of Israel, as in Psalm 12:8; Isaiah 33:2 (Hitzig). The lxx (κραταίωμα τοῦ λαοῦ αὐτοῦ) reads לעמּו, as in Psalm 29:11, which is approved by Bצttcher, Olshausen and Hupfeld; but למו yields a similar sense. First of all David thinks of the people, then of himself; for his private character retreats behind his official, by virtue of which he is the head of Israel. For this very reason his deliverance is the deliverance of Israel, to whom, so far as they have become unfaithful to His anointed, Jahve has not requited this faithlessness, and to whom, so far as they have remained true to him, He has rewarded this fidelity. Jahve is a עז a si evhaJ to them, inasmuch as He preserves them by His might from the destruction into which they would have precipitated themselves, or into which others would have precipitated them; and He is the מעוז ישׁוּעות of His anointed inasmuch as He surrounds him as an inaccessible place of refuge which secures to him salvation in all its fulness instead of the destruction anticipated. Israel's salvation and blessing were at stake; but Israel is in fact God's people and God's inheritance - may He, then, work salvation for them in every future need and bless them. Apostatised from David, it was a flock in the hands of the hireling - may He ever take the place of shepherd to them and carry them in His arms through the destruction. The נשּׂאם coupled with וּרעם (thus it is to be pointed according to Ben-Asher) calls to mind Deuteronomy 1:31, "Jahve carried Israel as a man doth carry his son," and Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 32:11, "as on eagles' wings." The Piel, as in Isaiah 63:9, is used of carrying the weak, whom one lifts up and thus removes out of its helplessness and danger. Psalm 3:1-8 closes just in the same way with an intercession; and the close of Psalm 29:1-11 is similar, but promissory, and consequently it is placed next to Psalm 28:1-9.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

skip

Psalm 114:4-7 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs...

Lebanon

Jeremiah 4:23-25 I beheld the earth, and, see, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light...

Habakkuk 3:6-11 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered...

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away...

Sirion

Deuteronomy 3:9 (Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;)

unicorn

Psalm 92:10 But my horn shall you exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

Numbers 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of an unicorn.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 3:9
(the Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, while the Amorites call it Senir),

Job 39:9
"Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he spend the night at your manger?

Psalm 29:7
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.

Psalm 114:4
The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.

Psalm 114:6
O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?

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