New American Standard Bible
Then I beat them fine as the dust before the wind; I emptied them out as the mire of the streets.
King James Bible
Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
Darby Bible Translation
And I did beat them small as dust before the wind; I did cast them out as the mire of the streets.
World English Bible
Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind. I cast them out as the mire of the streets.
Young's Literal Translation
And I beat them as dust before wind, As mire of the streets I empty them out.
Psalm 18:42 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind - As the fine dust is driven by the wind, so they fled before me. There could be no more striking illustration of a defeated army flying before a conqueror. DeWette says correctly that the idea is, "I beat them small, and scattered them as dust before the wind."
I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets - In the corresponding place in 2 Samuel 22:43, this is, "I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad." The idea in the place before us is, that he poured them out, for so the Hebrew word means, as the dirt or mire in the streets. As that is trodden on, or trampled down, so they, instead of being marshalled for battle, were wholly disorganized, scattered, and left to be trodden down, as the most worthless object is. A similar image occurs in Isaiah 10:6, where God is speaking of Sennacherib: "I will send him against an hypocritical nation ... to tread them down like the mire of the streets."
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The soul in the state of abandonment can abstain from justifying itself by word or deed. The divine action justifies it. This order of the divine will is the solid and firm rock on which the submissive soul reposes, sheltered from change and tempest. It is continually present under the veil of crosses, and of the most ordinary actions. Behind this veil the hand of God is hidden to sustain and to support those who abandon themselves entirely to Him. From the time that a soul becomes firmly established …
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O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like chaff before the wind.
You have delivered me from the contentions of the people; You have placed me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.
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