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Psalms 107:16

    Psalms 107:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For he has broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For he hath broken the gates of brass, And cut the bars of iron in sunder.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The doors of brass are broken by his arm, and the bands of iron are cut in two.

    Webster's Revision

    For he hath broken the gates of brass, And cut the bars of iron in sunder.

    World English Bible

    For he has broken the gates of brass, and cut through bars of iron.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 107:16

    For he hath broken - This is the reason given for thanks to God for his deliverance of the captives. It was not a simple deliverance; it was done so as to manifest the irresistible power of God. He tore the prison in pieces, and cut the bars of iron asunder.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 107:16

    For he hath broken the gates of brass - The immediate "reason" here given for praising the Lord is that he had "broken the gates of brass," continuing the thought from Psalm 107:10-14. In the previous part of the psalm, in giving a reason for praising the Lord, the fact that he feeds the hungry was selected Psalm 107:9 because in the preceding part the allusion was to the sufferings of hunger and thirst Psalm 107:4-5; here the fact that he had broken the gates of brass is selected, because the allusion in the immediately preceding verses Psalm 107:12-14 was to their imprisonment. In the construction of the psalm there is great regularity. The "gates of brass" refer probably to Babylon; and the idea is, that their deliverance had been as if the brass gates of that great city had been broken down to give them free egress from their captivity. Thus the conquest of Babylon by Cyrus is announced in similar language: "I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron," Isaiah 45:2. See the notes at that passage.