Psalm 11:6
New International Version
On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.

New Living Translation
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds.

English Standard Version
Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Berean Study Bible
On the wicked He will rain fiery coals and brimstone; a scorching wind will be their portion.

New American Standard Bible
Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.

King James Bible
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Christian Standard Bible
Let him rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked; let a scorching wind be the portion in their cup.

Contemporary English Version
He will send fiery coals and flaming sulfur down on the wicked, and they will drink nothing but a scorching wind.

Good News Translation
He sends down flaming coals and burning sulfur on the wicked; he punishes them with scorching winds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked; a scorching wind will be their portion.

International Standard Version
He rains on the wicked burning coals and sulfur; a scorching wind is their destiny.

NET Bible
May the LORD rain down burning coals and brimstone on the wicked! A whirlwind is what they deserve!

New Heart English Bible
On the wicked he will rain blazing coals; fire, sulfur, and scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Snares have come down upon the wicked like rain; fire and brimstone and a wind of disease is the portion of their cup,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He rains down fire and burning sulfur upon wicked people. He makes them drink from a cup filled with scorching wind.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Upon the wicked He will cause to rain coals; Fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.

New American Standard 1977
Upon the wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, with winds of whirlwinds: this shall be the portion of their cup.

King James 2000 Bible
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

American King James Version
On the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

American Standard Version
Upon the wicked he will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He shall rain upon sinners snares, fire, and brimstone, and a stormy blast shall be the portion of their cup.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall rain snares upon sinners: fire and brimstone and storms of winds shall be the portion of their cup.

Darby Bible Translation
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone; and scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

English Revised Version
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares; fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Webster's Bible Translation
Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

World English Bible
On the wicked he will rain blazing coals; fire, sulfur, and scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Young's Literal Translation
He poureth on the wicked snares, fire, and brimstone, And a horrible wind is the portion of their cup.
Study Bible
In the LORD I Take Refuge
5The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked; His soul hates the lover of violence. 6On the wicked He will rain fiery coals and brimstone; a scorching wind will be their portion. 7For the LORD is righteous; He loves justice. The upright will see His face.…
Cross References
Genesis 19:24
Then the LORD rained down brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the LORD out of the heavens.

Job 18:15
Fire resides in his tent; brimstone is scattered over his home.

Psalm 1:6
For the LORD guards the path of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 18:13
The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded--hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalm 18:14
He shot His arrows and scattered the foes; He hurled lightning and routed them.

Psalm 75:8
For a cup is in the hand of the LORD, full of foaming wine mixed with spices, He pours from it, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down it to the dregs.

Psalm 140:10
May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into the miry pits, never to rise again.

Isaiah 34:9
Her streams will be turned to tar, and her soil to sulfur; her land will become a blazing pitch.

Jeremiah 4:11
At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A searing wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward the daughter of My people, but not to winnow or to sift;

Jeremiah 4:12
a wind too strong for that comes from Me. Now I will also pronounce judgments against them."

Jeremiah 13:25
This is your lot, the portion I have measured to you," declares the LORD, "because you have forgotten Me and trusted in falsehood.

Ezekiel 38:22
I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrents of rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.

Treasury of Scripture

On the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Upon

Psalm 105:32
He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.

Genesis 19:24
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Exodus 9:23,24
And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt…

snares.

Psalm 16:5
The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

Genesis 43:34
And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

1 Samuel 1:4
And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:

their

Psalm 75:8
For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

Isaiah 51:17,22
Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out…

Jeremiah 25:15-17
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it…







Lexicon
On
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the wicked
רְשָׁעִ֗ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

He will rain
יַמְטֵ֥ר (yam·ṭêr)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4305: To rain

fiery
אֵ֣שׁ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 784: A fire

coals
פַּ֫חִ֥ים (pa·ḥîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6341: A, sheet, a spring net

and brimstone;
וְ֭גָפְרִית (wə·ḡā·p̄ə·rîṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1614: Cypress-resin, sulphur

a scorching
זִלְעָפ֗וֹת (zil·‘ā·p̄ō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2152: A glow, a famine

wind
וְר֥וּחַ (wə·rū·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

will be their portion.
מְנָ֣ת (mə·nāṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4521: An allotment
(6) Rain snares.--Or nooses. (Comp. 1Corinthians 7:35.) This is certainly an extraordinary figure, and various emendations have been suggested. Ewald's "coals of fire" (pecham for pachim) is the best (comp. Psalm 18:13, where the Hebrew word, however, is gechalim, "live, or red coals"; while pecham is used in Proverbs 26:21 as fuel for fire, in contrast with live coals: but in Isaiah 44:12; Isaiah 54:16 it is itself plainly burning coal.) He arranges the clauses thus: "Causeth to rain upon wicked men coals of fire with brimstone; a glowing blast is the portion of their cup."

"Put we our quarrel to the will of Heaven,

Who, when he sees the hours ripe on earth,

Will rain hot vengeance on offenders' heads."

--SHAKESPEARE: Rich. II., i. 2.

Horrible tempest.--Literally, wind of heats; "Vulg., spiritus procellarum; Targum, storm and whirlwind; as in Latin, aestus combines the ideas of heat and violent motion; so the Hebrew word here. Probably, therefore, we must think of a hot, poisonous wind--the simoom.

Or may we see one more reminiscence of the fate of Sodom and Gomorrha stamped indelibly on the Hebrew mind?

Verse 6. - Upon the wicked he shall rain snares. On Divine displeasure follows Divine punishment - not always speedy, but sure. Those who have plotted against David will have" snares rained" upon them. God is said to "rain" on men both his blessings and his curses, when he gives them abundantly (comp. Job 20:23; Hosea 10:12; Ezekiel 34:26). By "snares" are meant any difficulties or troubles in which men are entangled by the action of Divine providence. Fire and brimstone. The punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah was the typical example of God's vengeance to the Israelites generally. And an horrible tempest; literally, a breath of horrors (comp. Psalm 119:53; Lamentations 5:10). It is thought that the simoom may be intended. But none of the threats are to be taken literally. All that the psalmist means is that God's vengeance, in some shape or ether, will overtake his persecutors. This shall be the portion of their cup. This is probably the earliest place where the metaphor of a "cup" for man's lot in life is employed. Other instances are Psalm 16:5; Psalm 23:5; Psalm 73:10; Psalm 75:8; Psalm 116:13; Isaiah 51:17, 22; Jeremiah 25:15; Ezekiel 23:31, 32; Matthew 20:22, 23; Matthew 26:39; John 18:11. 11:1-7 David's struggle with, and triumph over a strong temptation to distrust God, and betake himself to indirect means for his own safety, in a time of danger. - Those that truly fear God and serve him, are welcome to put their trust in him. The psalmist, before he gives an account of his temptation to distrust God, records his resolution to trust in Him, as that by which he was resolved to live and die. The believer, though not terrified by his enemies, may be tempted, by the fears of his friends, to desert his post, or neglect his work. They perceive his danger, but not his security; they give him counsel that savours of worldly policy, rather than of heavenly wisdom. The principles of religion are the foundations on which the faith and hope of the righteous are built. We are concerned to hold these fast against all temptations to unbelief; for believers would be undone, if they had not God to go to, God to trust in, and future bliss to hope for. The prosperity of wicked people in their wicked, evil ways, and the straits and distresses which the best men are sometimes brought into, tried David's faith. We need not say, Who shall go up to heaven, to fetch us thence a God to trust in? The word is nigh us, and God in the word; his Spirit is in his saints, those living temples, and the Lord is that Spirit. This God governs the world. We may know what men seem to be, but God knows what they are, as the refiner knows the value of gold when he has tried it. God is said to try with his eyes, because he cannot err, or be imposed upon. If he afflicts good people, it is for their trial, therefore for their good. However persecutors and oppressors may prosper awhile, they will for ever perish. God is a holy God, and therefore hates them. He is a righteous Judge, and will therefore punish them. In what a horrible tempest are the wicked hurried away at death! Every man has the portion of his cup assigned him. Impenitent sinner, mark your doom! The last call to repentance is about to be addressed to you, judgement is at hand; through the gloomy shade of death you pass into the region of eternal wrath. Hasten then, O sinner, to the cross of Christ. How stands the case between God and our souls? Is Christ our hope, our consolation, our security? Then, not otherwise, will the soul be carried through all its difficulties and conflicts.
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