Psalm 147:15
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English Standard Version
He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.

King James Bible
He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

American Standard Version
He sendeth out his commandment upon earth; His word runneth very swiftly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who sendeth forth his speech to the earth: his word runneth swiftly.

English Revised Version
He sendeth out his commandment upon earth; his word runneth very swiftly.

Webster's Bible Translation
He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

With Psalm 147:7 the song takes a new flight. ענה ל signifies to strike up or sing in honour of any one, Numbers 21:27; Isaiah 27:2. The object of the action is conceived of in בּתּודה as the medium of it (cf. e.g., Job 16:4). The participles in Psalm 147:8. are attributive clauses that are attached in a free manner to לאלהינוּ. הכין signifies to prepare, procure, as e.g., in Job 38:41 - a passage which the psalmist has had in his mind in connection with Psalm 147:9. מצמיח, as being the causative of a verb. crescendi, is construed with a double accusative: "making mountains (whither human agriculture does not reach) to bring forth grass;" and the advance to the thought that God gives to the cattle the bread that they need is occasioned by the "He causeth grass to grow for the cattle" of the model passage Psalm 104:14, just as the only hinting אשׁר יקראוּ, which is said of the young of the raven (which are forsaken and cast off by their mothers very early), is explained from ילדיו אל־אל ישׁוּעוּ in Job loc. cit. The verb קרא brev ehT .tic .col boJ ni , κράζειν (cf. κρώζειν), is still more expressive for the cry of the raven, κόραξ, Sanscrit kârava, than that שׁוּע; κοράττειν and κορακεύεσθαι signify directly to implore incessantly, without taking any refusal. Towards Him, the gracious Sustainer of all beings, are the ravens croaking for their food pointed (cf. Luke 12:24, "Consider the ravens"), just like the earth that thirsts for rain. He is the all-conditioning One. Man, who is able to know that which the irrational creature unconsciously acknowledges, is in the feeling of his dependence to trust in Him and not in himself. In all those things to which the God-estranged self-confidence of man so readily clings, God has no delight (יחפּץ, pausal form like יחבּשׁ) and no pleasure, neither in the strength of the horse, whose rider imagines himself invincible, and, if he is obliged to flee, that he cannot be overtaken, nor in the legs of a man, upon which he imagines himself so firm that he cannot be thrown down, and which, when he is pursued, will presumptively carry him far enough away into safety. שׁוק, Arab. sâq, is the leg from the knee to the foot, from Arab. sâqa, root sq, to drive, urge forward, more particularly to urge on to a gallop (like curs, according to Pott, from the root car, to go). What is meant here is, not that the strength of the horse and muscular power are of no avail when God wills to destroy a man (Psalm 33:16., Amos 2:14.), but only that God has no pleasure in the warrior's horse and in athletic strength. Those who fear Him, i.e., with a knowledge of the impotency of all power possessed by the creature in itself, and in humble trust feel themselves dependent upon His omnipotence - these are they in whom He takes pleasure (רצה with the accusative), those who, renouncing all carnal defiance and self-confident self-working, hope in His mercy.

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sendeth

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

Psalm 107:20,25 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions...

Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him?...

Job 37:12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatever he commands them on the face of the world in the earth.

Jonah 1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Matthew 8:8,9,13 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only...

his word

Psalm 68:11 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

Cross References
Job 37:12
They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.

Psalm 104:4
he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.

Psalm 107:20
He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.

Psalm 147:18
He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.

Psalm 148:5
Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created.

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