New American Standard Bible
The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
King James Bible
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
Darby Bible Translation
The mountains melted like wax at the presence of Jehovah, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
World English Bible
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of Yahweh, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
Young's Literal Translation
Hills, like wax, melted before Jehovah, Before the Lord of all the earth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord - They seemed to flow down as if they were like melted wax: that is, they could not stand before him. The most firm, solid, lofty things were as nothing in his presence. Compare Revelation 20:11; Judges 5:5; Micah 1:4; Nahum 1:5. The object here is to describe the sublimity, the greatness, the majesty of God, as if nothing could stand before him; as if everything fled away when he approached. There is perhaps a general allusion to his glory and power as manifested at Sinai.
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth - The Creator and Ruler of the entire world. The God who thus manifested himself is not a local Deity, or the God of a particular nation or country, but the God of the whole world, before whom all created things are as nothing.
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
"Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over ahead of you into the Jordan.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish before God.
He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
The Lord GOD of hosts, The One who touches the land so that it melts, And all those who dwell in it mourn, And all of it rises up like the Nile And subsides like the Nile of Egypt;
The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, Like wax before the fire, Like water poured down a steep place.
Mountains quake because of Him And the hills dissolve; Indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence, The world and all the inhabitants in it.
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