New American Standard Bible
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.
King James Bible
The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
Darby Bible Translation
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
World English Bible
The nations raged. The kingdoms were moved. He lifted his voice, and the earth melted.
Young's Literal Translation
Troubled have been nations, Moved have been kingdoms, He hath given forth with His voice, earth melteth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The heathen raged - The nations were in commotion, or were agitated like the waves of the sea. This language would well describe the consternation of the nations when the Assyrians went forth to conquest, and when, having subdued so many other kingdoms, they made war on Jerusalem. Compare Isaiah 36:18-20.
The kingdoms were moved - That is, those who were invaded, as well as those that made the invasion. There was a general convulsion or shaking among the nations of the earth.
The earth melted - The very earth seemed to melt or dissolve before him. Everything became still. The danger passed away at his command, and the raging world became calm. The Bible abounds in language of this kind, showing the absolute power of God, or his power to control all the raging elements on land and ocean by a word. Compare the notes at Psalm 33:9. See also Psalm 107:25, Psalm 107:29; Matthew 8:26.
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'There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 7. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.'--PSALM xlvi 4-7. There are two remarkable events in the history of Israel, one or other of which most probably supplied the historical …
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Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
The LORD also thundered in the heavens, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.
To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.
"The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah.
The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
"Therefore you shall prophesy against them all these words, and you shall say to them, 'The LORD will roar from on high And utter His voice from His holy habitation; He will roar mightily against His fold. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, Against all the inhabitants of the earth.
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