New American Standard Bible
Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep, Like a warrior overcome by wine.
King James Bible
Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.
Darby Bible Translation
Then the Lord awoke as one out of sleep, like a mighty man that shouteth aloud by reason of wine;
World English Bible
Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep, like a mighty man who shouts by reason of wine.
Young's Literal Translation
And the Lord waketh as a sleeper, As a mighty one crying aloud from wine.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep - literally, as one sleeping; that is, as one who is asleep suddenly arouses himself. The Lord seemed to have slept, or to have been inattentive to what was occurring. Suddenly he aroused himself to inflict vengeance on the enemies of his people. Compare Psalm 7:6, note; Psalm 44:23, note.
And like a mighty man - The allusion is probably to a warrior.
That shouteth by reason of wine - The proper idea here is that of singing, or lifting up the voice in exultation and rejoicing; the idea of a man who sings and shouts as he is excited by wine, and as he presses onward to conflict and to victory. It is not uncommon in the Scriptures to compare God, as he goes forth to accomplish his purposes on his enemies, with a warrior. See Exodus 15:3; Psalm 24:8.
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
Arouse Yourself, why do You sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not reject us forever.
Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form.
The LORD will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies.
"Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He is aroused from His holy habitation."
The LORD of hosts will defend them. And they will devour and trample on the sling stones; And they will drink and be boisterous as with wine; And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin, Drenched like the corners of the altar.
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