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Psalm 29

The God of Glory Thunders

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A psalm by David.

The God of Glory Thunders

Ascribe to the Lord, you sons of God,[a]
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name.
Bow down to the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is heard over the waters.
The God of glory thunders.
The Lord thunders above the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord thunders in power.
The voice of the Lord thunders in majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars.
The Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Mount Lebanon skip like a calf.
Sirion[b] skips like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord slashes with flashes of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness.
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord destroys the oaks[c]
and strips the forests bare.
So in his temple they all say, “Glory!”
10 The Lord is seated over the flood.
The Lord is seated as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people.
The Lord blesses his people with peace.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 29:1 In this verse the Hebrew word translated God is elim rather than the usual elohim. Elim could also be translated mighty ones or heavenly beings. It seems to refer to the angels.
  2. Psalm 29:6 Sirion and Mount Lebanon are names for Mount Hermon.
  3. Psalm 29:9 Or makes the deer give birth. The Hebrew text provides vowels for the word as if it were the word for deer, rather than the word for oaks. Shattering oaks seems to fit the context and the parallelism better than makes the deer give birth.

Psalm 29

A psalm of David.

Ascribe to the Lord,(A) you heavenly beings,(B)
    ascribe to the Lord glory(C) and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.(D)

The voice(E) of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory(F) thunders,(G)
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.(H)
The voice of the Lord is powerful;(I)
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.(J)
He makes Lebanon leap(K) like a calf,
    Sirion[b](L) like a young wild ox.(M)
The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.(N)
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.(O)
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks[c](P)
    and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”(Q)

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;(R)
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.(S)
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;(T)
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.(U)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 29:2 Or Lord with the splendor of
  2. Psalm 29:6 That is, Mount Hermon
  3. Psalm 29:9 Or Lord makes the deer give birth

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