New American Standard Bible
He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave over their life to the plague,
King James Bible
He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
Darby Bible Translation
He made a way for his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
World English Bible
He made a path for his anger. He didn't spare their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence,
Young's Literal Translation
He pondereth a path for His anger, He kept not back their soul from death, Yea, their life to the pestilence He delivered up.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He made a way to his anger - Margin, he weighed a path. He leveled a path for it; he took away all hindrance to it; he allowed it to have free scope. The idea of weighing is not in the original. The allusion is to a preparation made by which one can march along freely, and without any obstruction. See the notes at Isaiah 40:3-4.
He spared not their soul from death - He spared not their lives. That is, he gave them over to death.
But gave their life over to the pestilence - Margin, their beasts to the murrain. The original will admit of either interpretation, but the connection seems rather to demand the interpretation which is in the text. Both these things, however, occurred.
Among such sins of the first table is that described in our text. It is consequently one of the masterpieces of iniquity, and we shall do well to purge ourselves of it. It is full of evil to ourselves, and is calculated to dishonor both God and man, therefore let us be in earnest to cut it up both root and branch. I think we have all been guilty of this in our measure; and we are not free from it even to this day. Whether we be saints or sinners, we may stand here and make our humble confession that …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
"The Sun of Righteousness"
A Jealous God
Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle.
Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.
"And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You; You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.
Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying,
"I sent a plague among you after the manner of Egypt; I slew your young men by the sword along with your captured horses, And I made the stench of your camp rise up in your nostrils; Yet you have not returned to Me," declares the LORD.
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