New American Standard Bible
Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
King James Bible
Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
Come, behold the works of Jehovah, what desolations he hath made in the earth:
World English Bible
Come, see Yahweh's works, what desolations he has made in the earth.
Young's Literal Translation
Come ye, see the works of Jehovah, Who hath done astonishing things in the earth,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Come, behold the works of the Lord - Go forth and see what the Lord has done. See, in what his hand has accomplished, how secure we are if we put our trust in him.
What desolations he hath made in the earth - Or, in the land. The word "desolations" might refer to any "ruin" or "overthrow," which he had brought upon the land of Israel, or on the nations abroad - the destruction of cities, towns, or armies, as proof of his power, and of his ability to save those who put their trust in him. But if this be supposed to refer to the invasion of the land of Israel by Sennacherib, it may point to what occurred to his armies when the angel of the Lord went forth and smote them in their camp Isaiah 37:36, and to the consequent deliverance of Jerusalem from danger. Without impropriety, perhaps, this may be regarded as all appeal to the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go forth and see for themselves how complete was the deliverance; how utter the ruin of their foes; how abundant the proof that God was able to protect his people in times of danger. It adds great beauty to this psalm to suppose that it "was" composed on that occasion, or in view of that invasion, for every part of the psalm may receive a beautiful, and an ample illustration from what occurred at that memorable period. Nothing "could" furnish a clearer proof of the power of God to save, and of the propriety of putting confidence in him in times of national danger, than a survey of the camp of the Assyrians, where an hundred and eighty-five thousand men had been smitten down in one night by the angel of God. Compare 2 Kings 19:35; 2 Chronicles 32:21; Isaiah 37:36.
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Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
"Her cities have become an object of horror, A parched land and a desert, A land in which no man lives And through which no son of man passes.
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