New American Standard Bible
To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.
King James Bible
To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
Darby Bible Translation
Of him that rideth upon the heavens, the heavens which are of old: lo, he uttereth his voice, a mighty voice.
World English Bible
To him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which are of old; behold, he utters his voice, a mighty voice.
Young's Literal Translation
To him who is riding on the heavens of the heavens of old, Lo, He giveth with His voice a strong voice.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens - The highest heavens. The heaven of heaven would properly mean the heaven above that which is heaven to us; that is, the heaven above the sky. This is represented as the special dwelling-place of God. The Jews were accustomed to speak of three heavens:
(a) The aerial heaven, or the region above us, where the birds fly, and the winds blow;
(b) the starry heavens, or the firmament in which the stars are fixed; and
(c) the heaven above all, the abode of God and of angels.
The word "rideth" here means that he appears there as a conqueror, or that he moves in majesty and glory. See the notes at Psalm 18:10.
Which were of old - The words "of old" refer here to the heavens, and denote their antiquity. He rides upon those ancient heavens. He occupies a position above those ancient works of his power.
Lo, he doth send out his voice - Margin, as in Hebrew, "give." The reference is to thunder. The design of this is to increase the impression of his majesty and power.
And that a mighty voice - See the notes at Psalm 29:3.
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Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. W hen Joseph exchanged a prison for the chief honour and government of Egypt, the advantage of his exaltation was felt by those who little deserved it (Genesis 45:4, 5) . His brethren hated him, and had conspired to kill him. And though he was preserved from death, they were permitted to sell him for a bond-servant. He owed his servitude, …
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"Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.
"There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty.
1 Kings 8:27
"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!
He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.
The voice of the LORD is powerful, The voice of the LORD is majestic.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.
Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.
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