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

King James Bible
The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.

American Standard Version
The voice of Jehovah cleaveth the flames of fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The voice of the Lord divideth the flame of fire:

English Revised Version
The voice of the LORD cleaveth the flames of fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.

Psalm 29:7 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The opening strophe calls upon the celestial spirits to praise Jahve; for a revelation of divine glory is in preparation, which, in its first movements, they are accounted worthy to behold, for the roots of everything that takes place in this world are in the invisible world. It is not the mighty of the earth, who are called in Psalm 82:6 בּני עליון, but the angels, who are elsewhere called בּני אלהים (e.g., Job 2:1), that are here, as in Psalm 89:7, called בּני אלים. Since אלים never means God, like אלהים (so that it could be rendered sons of the deity), but gods, Exodus 15:11, Daniel 9:36, the expression בּני אלים must be translated as a double plural from בּן־אל, after the analogy of בּתּי כלאים, Isaiah 42:22, from בּית כּלא (Ges. 108, 3), "sons of God," not "sons of gods." They, the God-begotten, i.e., created in the image of God, who form with God their Father as it were one family (vid., Genesis S. 1212), are here called upon to give unto God glory and might (the primary passage is Deuteronomy 32:3), i.e., to render back to Him cheerfully and joyously in a laudatory recognition, as it were by an echo, His glory and might, which are revealed and to be revealed in the created world, and to give unto Him the glory of His name, i.e., to praise His glorious name (Psalm 72:19) according its deserts. הבוּ in all three instances has the accent on the ultima according to rule (cf. on the other hand, Job 6:22). הדרת קדשׁ is holy vestments, splendid festal attire, 2 Chronicles 20:21, cf. Psalm 110:3.

(Note: The reading proposed in B. Berachoth 30b בּחרדּת (with holy trembling) has never been a various reading; nor has בּחצרת, after which the lxx renders it ἐν αὐλῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ.)

A revelation of the power of God is near at hand. The heavenly spirits are to prepare themselves for it with all the outward display of which they are capable. If Psalm 28:2 were a summons to the church on earth, or, as in Psalm 96:9, to the dwellers upon the earth, then there ought to be some expression to indicate the change in the parties addressed; it is, therefore, in Psalm 28:2 as in Psalm 28:1, directed to the priests of the heavenly היכל. In the Apocalypse, also, the songs of praise and trumpeting of the angels precede the judgments of God.

Psalm 29:7 Parallel Commentaries

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divideth [heb] cutteth out

Psalm 77:18 The voice of your thunder was in the heaven: the lightning lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

Psalm 144:5,6 Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke...

Exodus 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along on the ground...

Leviticus 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

2 Kings 1:10-12 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven...

Job 37:3 He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends of the earth.

Job 38:35 Can you send lightning, that they may go and say to you, Here we are?

Cross References
Psalm 29:6
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

Psalm 29:8
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

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