New International Version
He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.
King James Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
Darby Bible Translation
And he bowed the heavens, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
World English Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet.
Young's Literal Translation
And He inclineth the heavens, and cometh down, And thick darkness is under His feet.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down - He made the heavens bend under him when he descended to take vengeance on his enemies. The psalmist seems here to express the appearance of the Divine majesty in a glorious cloud, descending from heaven, which underneath was substantially dark, but above, bright, and shining with exceeding lustre; and which, by its gradual approach to the earth, would appear as though the heavens themselves were bending down and approaching towards us.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
He bowed. Jehovah is here represented as a mighty warrior going forth to fight the battles of David, When He descended to the engagement, the very heavens bowed to render his descent more awful: His military tent was substantial darkness; the voice of His thunder was the warlike alarm which sounded to battle; the chariot in which He rode was the thick clouds of heaven, conducted by cherubs, and carried on by the irresistible force and rapid wings of an impetuous tempest; and the darts and weapons He employed were thunder-bolts, lightnings, fiery hail, deluging rains, and stormy winds! No wonder that when God arose all His enemies were scattered, and those that hated Him fled before Him.
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the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Part your heavens, LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
A prophecy against Egypt: See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!
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