Psalm 18:9
New International Version
He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.

New Living Translation
He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.

English Standard Version
He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.

Berean Study Bible
He parted the heavens and came down with dark clouds was under His feet.

New American Standard Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.

King James Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

Christian Standard Bible
He bent the heavens and came down, total darkness beneath his feet.

Contemporary English Version
You opened the heavens like curtains, and you came down with storm clouds under your feet.

Good News Translation
He tore the sky open and came down with a dark cloud under his feet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He parted the heavens and came down, a dark cloud beneath His feet.

International Standard Version
He bent the sky and descended, and darkness was under his feet.

NET Bible
He made the sky sink as he descended; a thick cloud was under his feet.

New Heart English Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He bent Heaven and came down, and thick darkness was under his feet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He spread apart the heavens and came down with a dark cloud under his feet.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under His feet.

New American Standard 1977
He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He lowered the heavens and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

King James 2000 Bible
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

American King James Version
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

American Standard Version
He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he bowed the heaven, and came down: and thick darkness was under his feet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He bowed the heavens, 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.

English Revised Version
He bowed the heavens also, and came down, and thick darkness was under his feet.

Webster's Bible Translation
He bowed the heavens also, 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.
Study Bible
The LORD is My Rock
8Smoke rose from His nostrils, and consuming fire came from His mouth; glowing coals flamed forth. 9He parted the heavens and came down with dark clouds was under His feet. 10He mounted a cherub and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind.…
Cross References
Psalm 68:8
the earth shook and the heavens poured down rain before God, the One on Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.

Psalm 97:2
Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are His throne's foundation.

Psalm 144:5
Part Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, that they may smoke.

Isaiah 19:1
This is an oracle concerning Egypt: Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud; He is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt will tremble before Him, and the hearts of the Egyptians will melt within them.

Isaiah 64:1
If only You would rend the heavens and come down, so that mountains would quake at Your presence,

Treasury of Scripture

He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

He bowed.

Psalm 68:4
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

Psalm 144:5
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Deuteronomy 33:26
There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.

darkness

Deuteronomy 5:22,23
These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me…

Mark 15:33
And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

John 13:7
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.







Lexicon
He parted
וַיֵּ֣ט (way·yêṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

the heavens
שָׁ֭מַיִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

and came down
וַיֵּרַ֑ד (way·yê·raḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

with dark clouds
וַ֝עֲרָפֶ֗ל (wa·‘ă·rā·p̄el)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6205: Cloud, heavy cloud

was under
תַּ֣חַת (ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

His feet.
רַגְלָֽיו׃ (raḡ·lāw)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda
(9) Darkness.--Better, black cloud. The dark masses of rain-cloud are now gathered, and bend to the earth under the majestic tread of God. (Comp. Nahum 1:3, "and the clouds are the dust of his feet." (Comp. Psalm 144:5.)

Verse 9. - He bowed the heavens also, and came down (comp. Psalm 145:5). In a storm the clouds do actually descend, and the whole heaven seems to be bowed down to earth. God is said to "come down" to earth whenever he delivers the oppressed, and takes vengeance on their oppressors (see Exodus 3:8; 2 Samuel 22:10; Psalm 144:5; Isaiah 64. I, 3, etc.). And darkness was under his feet. A deep darkness commonly accompanies both earthquake and storm. When God actually descended on Mount Sinai, it was amid thunders and lightnings, and "a thick cloud" (Exodus 19:16), elsewhere called "thick darkness" (Deuteronomy 5:22). 18:1-19 The first words, I will love thee, O Lord, my strength, are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly love God, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may with confidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all the circumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and his goodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was found a prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as he did. God's manifestation of his presence is very fully described, ver. 7-15. Little appeared of man, but much of God, in these deliverances. It is not possible to apply to the history of the son of Jesse those awful, majestic, and stupendous words which are used through this description of the Divine manifestation. Every part of so solemn a scene of terrors tells us, a greater than David is here. God will not only deliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but he will bear them up under their troubles in the mean time. Can we meditate on ver. 18, without directing one thought to Gethsemane and Calvary? Can we forget that it was in the hour of Christ's deepest calamity, when Judas betrayed, when his friends forsook, when the multitude derided him, and the smiles of his Father's love were withheld, that the powers of darkness prevented him? The sorrows of death surrounded him, in his distress he prayed, Heb 5:7. God made the earth to shake and tremble, and the rocks to cleave, and brought him out, in his resurrection, because he delighted in him and in his undertaking.
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