New American Standard Bible
Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.
King James Bible
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
Darby Bible Translation
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals burned forth from it.
World English Bible
Smoke went out of his nostrils. Consuming fire came out of his mouth. Coals were kindled by it.
Young's Literal Translation
Gone up hath smoke by His nostrils, And fire from His mouth consumeth, Coals have been kindled by it.
Psalm 18:8 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
There went up a smoke out of his nostrils - Margin, "by his;" that is, as it is understood in the margin, the smoke seemed to be produced "by" his nostrils, or to be caused by his breathing. The comparison, according to Rosenmuller and DeWette, is derived from wild beasts when excited with anger, and when their rage is indicated by their violent breathing. Compare Psalm 74:1; Deuteronomy 29:20; Isaiah 65:5.
And fire out of his mouth devoured - That is, the clouds seemed to be poured forth from his nostrils, and the lightning from his mouth. So in Habakkuk 3:5 : "Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet."
Coals were kindled by it - Everything seemed to glow and burn. The lightning, that appeared to flash from his mouth, set everything on fire. The heavens and the earth were in a blaze.
Psalm 18:8Compare the notes at Isaiah 29:6; Isaiah 30:30. This is a general promise that God would defend his church, and destroy his foes. To what this particularly applies, it may not be possible to determine, and instead of attempting that, I am disposed to regard it as a promise of a general nature, that God, in those future times, would destroy his foes, and would thus extend protection to his people. So far as the language is concerned, it may be applied either to the destruction of Jerusalem, to any mighty overthrow of his enemies, or to the day of judgment. The single truth is, that all his enemies would be destroyed as if Yahweh should come amidst flames of fire. That truth is enough for his church to know; that truth should be sufficient to fill a wicked world with alarm.
And with his chariots like a whirlwind - The principal idea here is, that he would come with immense rapidity, like a chariot that was borne forward as on the whirlwind, to destroy his foes. God is often represented as coming in a chariot - a chariot of the clouds, or of a whirlwind. Psalm 104:3 :
Who maketh the clouds his chariot,
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For a fire is kindled in My anger, And burns to the lowest part of Sheol, And consumes the earth with its yield, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
Then the channels of water appeared, And the foundations of the world were laid bare At Your rebuke, O LORD, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him.
A Maskil of Asaph. O God, why have You rejected us forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?
Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about.
"It will come about on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," declares the Lord GOD, "that My fury will mount up in My anger.
"In My zeal and in My blazing wrath I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.
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