Psalm 77:17
New International Version
The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth.

New Living Translation
The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed.

English Standard Version
The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side.

Berean Study Bible
The clouds poured down water; the skies resounded with thunder; Your arrows flashed back and forth.

King James Bible
The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

New King James Version
The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about.

New American Standard Bible
The clouds poured out water; The skies sounded out; Your arrows flashed here and there.

NASB 1995
The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows flashed here and there.

NASB 1977
The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Thy arrows flashed here and there.

Amplified Bible
The clouds poured down water; The skies sent out a sound [of rumbling thunder]; Your arrows (lightning) flashed here and there.

Christian Standard Bible
The clouds poured down water. The storm clouds thundered; your arrows flashed back and forth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The clouds poured down water. The storm clouds thundered; Your arrows flashed back and forth.

American Standard Version
The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound: Thine arrows also went abroad.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the clouds rained waters, the skies of the Heavens gave a sound and even your arrows fly!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
There was an abundant sound of waters: the clouds uttered a voice; for thine arrows went abroad.

Contemporary English Version
Water flowed from the clouds. Thunder was heard above as your arrows of lightning flashed about.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Great was the noise of the waters: the clouds sent out a sound. For thy arrows pass:

English Revised Version
The clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

Good News Translation
The clouds poured down rain; thunder crashed from the sky, and lightning flashed in all directions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The clouds poured out water. The sky thundered. Even your arrows flashed in every direction.

International Standard Version
The clouds poured rain; the skies rumbled. Indeed, your lightning bolts flashed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The clouds flooded forth waters; The skies sent out a sound; Thine arrows also went abroad.

Literal Standard Version
Thick clouds have poured out waters, The skies have given forth a noise, Also—Your arrows go up and down.

NET Bible
The clouds poured down rain; the skies thundered. Yes, your arrows flashed about.

New Heart English Bible
The clouds poured out water. The skies resounded with thunder. Your arrows also flashed around.

World English Bible
The clouds poured out water. The skies resounded with thunder. Your arrows also flashed around.

Young's Literal Translation
Poured out waters have thick clouds, The skies have given forth a noise, Also -- Thine arrows go up and down.

Additional Translations ...
Context
In The Day of Trouble I Sought the LORD
16The waters saw You, O God; the waters saw You and swirled; even the depths were shaken. 17The clouds poured down water; the skies resounded with thunder; Your arrows flashed back and forth. 18Your thunder resounded in the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.…

Cross References
Judges 5:4
O LORD, when You went out from Seir, when You marched from the land of Edom, the earth trembled, the heavens poured out rain, and the clouds poured down water.

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

Psalm 68:33
to Him who rides upon the highest heavens of old; behold, His mighty voice resounds.


Treasury of Scripture

The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: your arrows also went abroad.

poured out like water.

Psalm 68:8,9
The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel…

thine

Psalm 18:14
Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

Psalm 144:6
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

2 Samuel 22:15
And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.









Verse 17. - The clouds poured out water. The description here becomes more poetical than historical, unless, indeed, we may suppose that the writer possessed, besides what is said in Exodus, some traditional account of the passage. The skies sent out a sound; or, "uttered a voice" - the voice of the thunder, beyond a doubt (compare next verse). Thine arrows also went abroad; i.e. lightnings darted hither and thither (see Psalm 18:14; 2 Samuel 22:15).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The clouds
עָב֗וֹת (‘ā·ḇō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural
Strong's 5645: An envelope, darkness, a, cloud, a copse

poured down
זֹ֤רְמוּ (zō·rə·mū)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2229: To pour forth in floods, flood away

water;
מַ֨יִם ׀ (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

the skies
שְׁחָקִ֑ים (šə·ḥā·qîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 7834: A powder, a thin vapor, the firmament

resounded
נָתְנ֣וּ (nā·ṯə·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

with thunder;
ק֭וֹל (qō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

Your arrows
חֲ֝צָצֶ֗יךָ (ḥă·ṣā·ṣe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2687: Something cutting, gravel, an arrow

flashed back and forth.
יִתְהַלָּֽכוּ׃ (yiṯ·hal·lā·ḵū)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk


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