Psalm 18:12
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English Standard Version
Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.

King James Bible
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

American Standard Version
At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At the brightness that was before him the clouds passed, hail and coals of fire.

English Revised Version
At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 18:5-7) In these verses David gathers into one collective figure all the fearful dangers to which he had been exposed during his persecution by Saul, together with the marvellous answers and deliverances he experienced, that which is unseen, which stands in the relation to that which is visible of cause and effect, rendering itself visible to him. David here appears as passive throughout; the hand from out of the clouds seizes him and draws him out of mighty waters: while in the second part of the Psalm, in fellowship with God and under His blessing, he comes forward as a free actor.

The description begins in Psalm 18:5 with the danger and the cry for help which is not in vain. The verb אפף according to a tradition not to be doubted (cf. אופן a wheel) signifies to go round, surround, as a poetical synonym of סבב, הקּיף, כּתּר, and not, as one might after the Arabic have thought: to drive, urge. Instead of "the bands of death," the lxx (cf. Acts 2:24) renders it ὠδῖνες (constrictive pains) θανάτου; but Psalm 18:6 favours the meaning bands, cords, cf. Psalm 119:61 (where it is likewise חבלי instead of the הבלי, which one might have expected, Joshua 17:5; Job 36:8), death is therefore represented as a hunter with a cord and net, Psalm 91:3. בליּעל, compounded of בּלי and יעל (from יעל, ועל, root על), signifies unprofitableness, worthlessness, and in fact both deep-rooted moral corruption and also abysmal destruction (cf. 2 Corinthians 6:15, Βελίαρ equals Βελίαλ as a name of Satan and his kingdom). Rivers of destruction are those, whose engulfing floods lead down to the abyss of destruction (Jonah 2:7). Death, Belı̂jáal, and Sheôl are the names of the weird powers, which make use of David's persecutors as their instruments. Futt. in the sense of imperfects alternate with praett. בּעת ( equals Arab. bgt) signifies to come suddenly upon any one (but compare also Arab. b‛ṯ, to startle, excitare, to alarm), and קדּם, to rush upon; the two words are distinguished from one another like ׬berfallen and anfallen. The היכל out of which Jahve hears is His heavenly dwelling-place, which is both palace and temple, inasmuch as He sits enthroned there, being worshipped by blessed spirits. לפניו belongs to ושׁועתי: my cry which is poured forth before Him (as e.g., in Psalm 102:1), for it is tautological if joined with תּבא beside ושׁועתי. Before Jahve's face he made supplication and his prayer urged its way into His ears.

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Psalm 97:3,4 A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about...

Habakkuk 3:4,5 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power...

Matthew 17:2,5 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light...

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Exodus 9:23,24 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along on the ground...

Joshua 10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron...

2 Samuel 22:13-15 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled...

Revelation 16:21 And there fell on men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent...

Cross References
Joshua 10:11
And as they fled before Israel, while they were going down the ascent of Beth-horon, the LORD threw down large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died because of the hailstones than the sons of Israel killed with the sword.

Psalm 50:3
Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.

Psalm 97:3
Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around.

Psalm 104:2
covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.

Psalm 140:10
Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise!

Psalm 148:8
fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Ezekiel 13:13
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I will make a stormy wind break out in my wrath, and there shall be a deluge of rain in my anger, and great hailstones in wrath to make a full end.

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