Psalm 107:40
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he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.

King James Bible
He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

Darby Bible Translation
He poureth contempt upon nobles, and causeth them to wander in a pathless waste;

World English Bible
He pours contempt on princes, and causes them to wander in a trackless waste.

Young's Literal Translation
He is pouring contempt upon nobles, And causeth them to wander in vacancy -- no way.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He poureth contempt upon princes - How many have lately been raised from nothing, and set upon thrones! And how many have been cast down from thrones, and reduced to nothing! And where are now those mighty troublers of the earth? On both sides they are in general gone to give an account of themselves to God. And what an account!

Where there is no way - Who can consider the fate of the late emperor of the French, Napoleon, without seeing the hand of God in his downfall! All the powers of Europe were leagued against him in vain, they were as stubble to his bow. "He came, He saw, and He conquered" almost every where, till God, by a Russian Frost, destroyed his tens of thousands of veteran troops. And afterwards his armies of raw conscripts would have over-matched the world had not a particular providence intervened at Waterloo, when all the skill and valor of his opponents had been nearly reduced to nothing. How terrible art thou, O Lord, in thy judgments! Thou art fearful in praises, doing wonders.

The dreary rock of St. Helena, where there was no way, saw a period to the mighty conqueror, who had strode over all the countries of Europe!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

poureth

Job 12:21,24 He pours contempt on princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty...

Isaiah 23:8,9 Who has taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes...

contempt

Psalm 78:66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.

Exodus 8:3,17,24 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, and into your bedchamber, and on your bed...

Joshua 10:24-26 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel...

Judges 1:6,7 But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes...

Judges 4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly to him...

1 Samuel 5:9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction...

1 Samuel 6:4 Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden tumors...

1 Kings 21:19 And you shall speak to him, saying, Thus said the LORD, Have you killed, and also taken possession? And you shall speak to him, saying...

2 Kings 9:35-37 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands...

Daniel 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen...

Daniel 5:5,6,18-30 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand...

Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

Revelation 19:18 That you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses...

causeth

Psalm 107:4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

Job 12:24 He takes away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

Jeremiah 13:15-18 Hear you, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD has spoken...

wilderness. or, void place

Library
March 12. "They Wandered in the Wilderness in a Solitary Way" (Ps. Cvii. 4).
"They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way" (Ps. cvii. 4). All who fight the Lord's battles must be content to die to all the favorable opinions of men and all the flattery of human praise. You cannot make an exception in favor of the good opinions of the children of God. It is very easy for the insidious adversary to make this also all appeal to the flesh. It is all right when God sends us the approval of our fellow men, but we must never make it a motive in our life, but be content with
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Thankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty
Numberless marks does man bear in his soul, that he is fallen and estranged from God; but nothing gives a greater proof thereof, than that backwardness, which every one finds within himself, to the duty of praise and thanksgiving. When God placed the first man in paradise, his soul no doubt was so filled with a sense of the riches of the divine love, that he was continually employing that breath of life, which the Almighty had not long before breathed into him, in blessing and magnifying that all-bountiful,
George Whitefield—Selected Sermons of George Whitefield

Effects of Messiah's Appearance
The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped: Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing. H ow beautiful and magnificent is the imagery, by which the Prophet, in this chapter, represents the effects of MESSIAH'S appearance! The scene, proposed to our view, is a barren and desolate wilderness. But when He, who in the beginning said, Let there be light, and there was light, condescends to visit this wilderness, the face of nature is
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Concerning Christian Liberty
CHRISTIAN faith has appeared to many an easy thing; nay, not a few even reckon it among the social virtues, as it were; and this they do, because they have not made proof of it experimentally, and have never tasted of what efficacy it is. For it is not possible for any man to write well about it, or to understand well what is rightly written, who has not at some time tasted of its spirit, under the pressure of tribulation. While he who has tasted of it, even to a very small extent, can never write,
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:10
In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,

Job 12:21
He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.

Job 12:24
He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.

Psalm 68:6
God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Isaiah 40:23
He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

Daniel 4:24
"This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king:

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