Psalm 29:4
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English Standard Version
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

King James Bible
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

American Standard Version
The voice of Jehovah is powerful; The voice of Jehovah is full of majesty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The voice of the Lord is in power; the voice of the Lord in magnificence.

English Revised Version
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

Webster's Bible Translation
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The first half of the Psalm prayed for deliverance and for judgment; this second half gives thanks for both. If the poet wrote the Psalm at one sitting then at this point the certainty of being answered dawns upon him. But it is even possible that he added this second part later on, as a memorial of the answer he experienced to his prayer (Hitzig, Ewald). It sounds, at all events, like the record of something that has actually taken place. Jahve is his defence and shield. The conjoined perfects in Psalm 28:7 denote that which is closely united in actual realisation; and in the fut. consec., as is frequently the case, e.g., in Job 14:2, the historical signification retreats into the background before the more essential idea of that which has been produced. In משּׁירי, the song is conceived as the spring whence the הודות bubble forth; and instead of אודנּוּ we have the more impressive form אהודנּוּ, as in Psalm 45:18; Psalm 116:6; 1 Samuel 17:47, the syncope being omitted. From suffering (Leid) springs song (Lied), and from song springs the praise (Lob) of Him, who has "turned" the suffering, just as it is attuned in Psalm 28:6 and Psalm 28:8.

(Note: There is a play of words and an alliteration in this sentence which we cannot fully reproduce in the English. - Tr.)

The αὐτοί, who are intended by למו in Psalm 28:8, are those of Israel, as in Psalm 12:8; Isaiah 33:2 (Hitzig). The lxx (κραταίωμα τοῦ λαοῦ αὐτοῦ) reads לעמּו, as in Psalm 29:11, which is approved by Bצttcher, Olshausen and Hupfeld; but למו yields a similar sense. First of all David thinks of the people, then of himself; for his private character retreats behind his official, by virtue of which he is the head of Israel. For this very reason his deliverance is the deliverance of Israel, to whom, so far as they have become unfaithful to His anointed, Jahve has not requited this faithlessness, and to whom, so far as they have remained true to him, He has rewarded this fidelity. Jahve is a עז a si evhaJ to them, inasmuch as He preserves them by His might from the destruction into which they would have precipitated themselves, or into which others would have precipitated them; and He is the מעוז ישׁוּעות of His anointed inasmuch as He surrounds him as an inaccessible place of refuge which secures to him salvation in all its fulness instead of the destruction anticipated. Israel's salvation and blessing were at stake; but Israel is in fact God's people and God's inheritance - may He, then, work salvation for them in every future need and bless them. Apostatised from David, it was a flock in the hands of the hireling - may He ever take the place of shepherd to them and carry them in His arms through the destruction. The נשּׂאם coupled with וּרעם (thus it is to be pointed according to Ben-Asher) calls to mind Deuteronomy 1:31, "Jahve carried Israel as a man doth carry his son," and Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 32:11, "as on eagles' wings." The Piel, as in Isaiah 63:9, is used of carrying the weak, whom one lifts up and thus removes out of its helplessness and danger. Psalm 3:1-8 closes just in the same way with an intercession; and the close of Psalm 29:1-11 is similar, but promissory, and consequently it is placed next to Psalm 28:1-9.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

powerful [heb] in power

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

Job 26:11-14 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof...

Jeremiah 51:15,16 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heaven by his understanding...

Luke 4:36 And they were all amazed, and spoke among themselves, saying...

Luke 8:25 And he said to them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another...

full of [heb] in

Job 40:9-12 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him...

Isaiah 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that renders recompense to his enemies.

Ezekiel 10:5 And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaks.

Cross References
1 Samuel 7:10
As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the LORD thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel.

Psalm 68:33
to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.

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