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So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm.
King James Bible
So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
Darby Bible Translation
So pursue them with thy tempest, and terrify them with thy whirlwind.
World English Bible
so pursue them with your tempest, and terrify them with your storm.
Young's Literal Translation
So dost Thou pursue them with Thy whirlwind, And with Thy hurricane troublest them.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
So persecute them - So pursue them; so follow them up. The word "persecute" is now used in a somewhat different sense, as denoting pain or suffering inflicted on account of religious opinion. It means here simply to pursue.
With thy tempest - With the expressions of thy displeasure; with punishment which may be compared with the fury of a storm.
And make them afraid with thy storm - Or, Make them afraid, terrify them, so that they will flee away. As all that is here sought by prayer is what people endeavor to do when an enemy invades their country - as they make arrangements for repelling those enemies, and overthrowing them, and as they feel that it is right to do so - there is no impropriety in making this the subject of prayer to God. What it is right for men to attempt, it is right to pray for; what it would be right for them to do if they had the power, it is right to ask God to accomplish; what is free from malignity in the act, and in the design, may be free from malignity in the desire and the prayer; and if men can carry with them the idea that what they are endeavoring to do is right, whether as magistrates, judges, rulers, defenders of their country, or as private men, they will have very little difficulty in regard to the so-called "imprecatory psalms." See this subject treated in the General Introduction
LibraryEpistle xxxii. To Anastasius, Presbyter .
To Anastasius, Presbyter  . Gregory to Anastasius, &c. That a good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things (Matth. xii. 35; Luke vi. 45), this thy Charity has shewn, both in thy habitual life and lately also in thy epistle; wherein I find two persons at issue with regard to virtues; that is to say, thyself contending for charity, and another for fear and humility. And, though occupied with many things, though ignorant of the Greek language, I have nevertheless sat …
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"For He bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my wounds without cause.
Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.
You have covered Yourself with anger And pursued us; You have slain and have not spared.
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