New American Standard Bible
Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about.
King James Bible
A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
Darby Bible Translation
A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his adversaries round about.
World English Bible
A fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries on every side.
Young's Literal Translation
Fire before Him goeth, And burneth round about His adversaries.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And burneth up his enemies round about - Is especially directed against his foes. That is, he manifests himself as a just God, inflicting vengeance on his enemies. He comes to reign, and in his reign all his foes will be destroyed.
The duty here enjoined is a general one to all God's people. We are to hate all evi--not some evils. It was said, you know, long ago, of certain professors, that they did "Compound for sins they were inclined to By damning those they had no mind to." And there are some, I dare say, at this day, who think others extremely guilty for committing iniquities which they do not care to commit, but they themselves commit other sins with which they deal very gently. O Christian, never take hold of sin, except …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858
Snares of Satan
for our God is a consuming fire.
2 Samuel 22:9
"Smoke went up out of His nostrils, Fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.
Smoke went up out of His nostrils, And fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.
From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.
May our God come and not keep silence; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him.
"A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened.
A fire consumes before them And behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them But a desolate wilderness behind them, And nothing at all escapes them.
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