Psalm 78:23
New International Version
Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;

New Living Translation
But he commanded the skies to open; he opened the doors of heaven.

English Standard Version
Yet he commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven,

Berean Study Bible
Yet He commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of the heavens.

New American Standard Bible
Yet He commanded the clouds above And opened the doors of heaven;

King James Bible
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

Christian Standard Bible
He gave a command to the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven.

Contemporary English Version
But God gave a command to the clouds, and he opened the doors in the skies.

Good News Translation
But he spoke to the sky above and commanded its doors to open;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He gave a command to the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven.

International Standard Version
Yet he commanded the skies above and the doors of the heavens to open,

NET Bible
He gave a command to the clouds above, and opened the doors in the sky.

New Heart English Bible
Yet he commanded the clouds above, and opened the doors of heaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he commanded the clouds from above and the doors of Heaven were open.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In spite of that, he commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He commanded the skies above, And opened the doors of heaven;

New American Standard 1977
Yet He commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven;

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he commanded the clouds of above and opened the doors of the heavens

King James 2000 Bible
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

American King James Version
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

American Standard Version
Yet he commanded the skies above, And opened the doors of heaven;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Yet he commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he had commanded the clouds from above, and had opened the doors of heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and had opened the doors of the heavens,

English Revised Version
Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven;

Webster's Bible Translation
Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

World English Bible
Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
And He commandeth clouds from above, Yea, doors of the heavens He hath opened.
Study Bible
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
22because they did not believe God or rely on His salvation. 23Yet He commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of the heavens. 24He rained down manna for them to eat; He gave them grain from heaven.…
Cross References
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

Exodus 16:4
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test whether or not they will follow My instructions.

Malachi 3:10
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this," says the LORD of Hosts. "See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure.

Treasury of Scripture

Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

though

Psalm 33:9
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Isaiah 5:6
And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

opened

Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

2 Kings 7:2,19
Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof…

Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.







Lexicon
Yet He commanded
וַיְצַ֣ו (way·ṣaw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

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

above
מִמָּ֑עַל (mim·mā·‘al)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 4605: The upper part, with prefix upward, above, overhead, from the top

and opened
פָּתָֽח׃ (pā·ṯāḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

the doors
וְדַלְתֵ֖י (wə·ḏal·ṯê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - fdc
Strong's Hebrew 1817: Something swinging, the valve of a, door

of the heavens.
שָׁמַ֣יִם (šā·ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky
Verse 23. - Though he had commanded the clouds from above; rather, and he commanded (Hengstenberg, Cheyne, Revised Version). The command was subsequent, not previous, to the want of faith (see Numbers 11:4-31). And opened the doors of heaven (comp. Genesis 7:11, "The windows of heaven were opened"). The expressions are, of course, poetical (see also 2 Kings 7:2). 78:9-39. Sin dispirits men, and takes away the heart. Forgetfulness of God's works is the cause of disobedience to his laws. This narrative relates a struggle between God's goodness and man's badness. The Lord hears all our murmurings and distrusts, and is much displeased. Those that will not believe the power of God's mercy, shall feel the fire of his indignation. Those cannot be said to trust in God's salvation as their happiness at last, who can not trust his providence in the way to it. To all that by faith and prayer, ask, seek, and knock, these doors of heaven shall at any time be opened; and our distrust of God is a great aggravation of our sins. He expressed his resentment of their provocation; not in denying what they sinfully lusted after, but in granting it to them. Lust is contented with nothing. Those that indulge their lust, will never be estranged from it. Those hearts are hard indeed, that will neither be melted by the mercies of the Lord, nor broken by his judgments. Those that sin still, must expect to be in trouble still. And the reason why we live with so little comfort, and to so little purpose, is, because we do not live by faith. Under these rebukes they professed repentance, but they were not sincere, for they were not constant. In Israel's history we have a picture of our own hearts and lives. God's patience, and warnings, and mercies, imbolden them to harden their hearts against his word. And the history of kingdoms is much the same. Judgments and mercies have been little attended to, until the measure of their sins has been full. And higher advantages have not kept churches from declining from the commandments of God. Even true believers recollect, that for many a year they abused the kindness of Providence. When they come to heaven, how will they admire the Lord's patience and mercy in bringing them to his kingdom!
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