New American Standard Bible
The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows flashed here and there.
King James Bible
The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.
Darby Bible Translation
The thick clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound, yea, thine arrows went abroad:
World English Bible
The clouds poured out water. The skies resounded with thunder. Your arrows also flashed around.
Young's Literal Translation
Poured out waters have thick clouds, The skies have given forth a noise, Also -- Thine arrows go up and down.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The clouds poured out water - Margin, "The clouds were poured forth with water." The translation in the text is the more correct. This is a description of a storm; but to what particular storm in history does not appear. It was evidently some exhibition of the divine greatness and power in delivering the children of Israel, and may have referred to the extraordinary manifestation of God at Mount Sinai, amidst lightnings, and thunders, and tempests. Exodus 19:16. For a general description of a storm, as illustrating this passage, see Job 36:26-33, notes; Job 37:1-5, notes; and Psalm 29:1-11.
The skies sent out a sound - The voice of thunder, which seems to come from the sky.
Thine arrows also - The lightnings - compared with burning or ignited arrows. Such arrows were anciently used in war. They were bound round with rags, and dipped in some combustible substance - as turpentine - and shot into houses, grain-fields, haystacks, or towns, for the purpose of setting them on fire. It was not unnatural to compare the rapid lightnings with such blazing arrows.
Went abroad - They moved rapidly in all directions.
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"I commune with mine own heart." -- Psalm 77:6. Ere another step I take In my wilful wandering way, Still I have a choice to make -- Shall I alter while I may? Patient love is waiting still In my Savior's heart for me; Love to bend my froward will, Love to make me really free. Far from Him, what can I gain? Want and shame, and bondage vile -- Better far to bear the pain Of His yoke a little while. Soon I might its comfort find; Soon my thankful heart might cry, "In Thy meek obedient mind, As …
Miss A. L. Waring—Hymns and Meditations
How the Whole and the Sick are to be Admonished.
"LORD, when You went out from Seir, When You marched from the field of Edom, The earth quaked, the heavens also dripped, Even the clouds dripped water.
He sent out His arrows, and scattered them, And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.
To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.
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