New International Version
He prepared a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death but gave them over 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
By sending evil angels - This is the first mention we have of evil angels. There is no mention of them in the account we have of the plagues of Egypt in the Book of Exodus, and what they were we cannot tell: but by what the psalmist says here of their operations, they were the sorest plague that God had sent; they were marks or the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble. Some think the destroying angel that slew all the first-born is what is here intended; but this is distinctly mentioned in Psalm 78:61. An angel or messenger may be either animate or inanimate; a disembodied spirit or human being; any thing or being that is an instrument sent of God for the punishment or support of mankind.
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made away. Heb. weighed a path
life over to the pestilence. or, beasts to the murrain
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'That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.'--PSALM lxxviii. 7. In its original application this verse is simply a statement of God's purpose in giving to Israel the Law, and such a history of deliverance. The intention was that all future generations might remember what He had done, and be encouraged by the remembrance to hope in Him for the future; and by both memory and hope, be impelled to the discharge of present duty. So, then, the words …
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At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well.
Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
"In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.
He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
"I sent plagues among you as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, yet you have not returned to me," declares the LORD.
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