Psalm 147:16
New International Version
He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.

New Living Translation
He sends the snow like white wool; he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.

English Standard Version
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.

Berean Study Bible
He spreads the snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes;

King James Bible
He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

New King James Version
He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes;

New American Standard Bible
He showers snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.

NASB 1995
He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.

NASB 1977
He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.

Amplified Bible
He gives [to the earth] snow like [a blanket of] wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.

Christian Standard Bible
He spreads snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He spreads snow like wool; He scatters frost like ashes;

American Standard Version
He giveth snow like wool; He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He gives snow like wool and he scatters frost like ashes.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He gives snow like wool: he scatters the mist like ashes.

Contemporary English Version
He covers the ground with snow like a blanket of wool, and he scatters frost like ashes on the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who giveth snow like wool: scattereth mists like ashes.

English Revised Version
He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the hoar frost like ashes.

Good News Translation
He spreads snow like a blanket and scatters frost like dust.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is the one who sends snow like wool and scatters frost like ashes.

International Standard Version
He supplies snow like wool, scattering frost like ashes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He giveth snow like wool; He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.

Literal Standard Version
Who is giving snow like wool, He scatters hoarfrost as ashes.

NET Bible
He sends the snow that is white like wool; he spreads the frost that is white like ashes.

New Heart English Bible
He gives snow like wool, and scatters frost like ashes.

World English Bible
He gives snow like wool, and scatters frost like ashes.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is giving snow like wool, Hoar-frost as ashes He scattereth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
It is Good to Sing Praises
15He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly. 16He spreads the snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes; 17He casts forth His hail like pebbles. Who can withstand His icy blast?…

Cross References
Exodus 16:14
When the layer of dew had evaporated, there were thin flakes on the desert floor, as fine as frost on the ground.

Job 37:6
For He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the gentle rain, 'Pour out a mighty downpour.'

Job 38:29
From whose womb does the ice emerge? Who gives birth to the frost from heaven,

Psalm 74:17
You set all the boundaries of the earth; You made the summer and winter.

Psalm 148:8
lightning and hail, snow and clouds, powerful wind fulfilling His word,


Treasury of Scripture

He gives snow like wool: he scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.

giveth

Psalm 148:8
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

Job 37:6
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

Isaiah 55:10
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

scattereth

Job 37:9,10
Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north…

Job 38:29
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?









(16) Like wool.--Both in whiteness and fleecy texture. "The snow falls in large flakes, equal in size to a walnut, and has more resemblance to locks of wool than it has in our country" (Niven, Biblical Antiq., p. 21).

"A spice quam densum tacitarum vellus aquarum Defluat.

MART., Ep. iv. 3.

Verse 16. - He giveth snow like wool. The loveliness of new-fallen snow has evidently been felt by the psalmist, to whom it has seemed like a spotless robe of whitest wool spread upon the earth. Snow, though rare in Palestine, does occasionally fall, and is said to "cover the streets of Jerusalem two winters out of three. It generally comes in small quantities; but there are sometimes very snowy winters." In 1879, for instance, snow lay in Jerusalem to a depth of seventeen inches (Geikic, 'The Holy Land and the Bible,' vol. 2. p. 58). He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes. The metaphor is less appropriate, and was selected, probably, on account of the near resemblance of the two words, kephor and kaepher.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He spreads
הַנֹּתֵ֣ן (han·nō·ṯên)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

the snow
שֶׁ֣לֶג (še·leḡ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7950: Snow

like wool;
כַּצָּ֑מֶר (kaṣ·ṣā·mer)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6785: Wool

He scatters
יְפַזֵּֽר׃ (yə·p̄az·zêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6340: To scatter

the frost
כְּ֝פ֗וֹר (kə·p̄ō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3713: A cover, a tankard, white frost

like ashes;
כָּאֵ֥פֶר (kā·’ê·p̄er)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 665: Ashes


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