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Psalms 29:8

    Psalms 29:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The voice of Jehovah shaketh the wilderness; Jehovah shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    At the voice of the Lord there is a shaking in the waste land, even a shaking in the waste land of Kadesh.

    Webster's Revision

    The voice of Jehovah shaketh the wilderness; Jehovah shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh's voice shakes the wilderness. Yahweh shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 29:8

    The wilderness of Kadesh - This was on the frontiers of Idumea and Paran. There may be a reference to some terrible thunder-storm and earthquake which had occurred in that place.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 29:8

    Shaketh the wilderness - Causes it to shake or to tremble. The word used here means properly to dance; to be whirled or twisted upon anything; to twist - as with pain - or, to writhe; and then, to tremble, to quake. The forests are made to tremble or quake in the fierceness of the storm - referring still to what the thunder seems to do.

    The wilderness of Kadesh - As in referring Psalm 29:5-6 to the effect of the storm on lofty trees, the psalmist had given poetic beauty to the description by "specifying" Lebanon and Sirion, so he here refers, for the same purpose, to a particular forest as illustrating the power of the tempest - to wit, the forest or wilderness of "Kadesh." This wilderness or forest was on the southeastern border of the promised land, toward Edom; and it is memorable as having been the place where the Israelites twice encamped with a view of entering Palestine from that point, but from where they were twice driven back again - the first time in pursuance of the sentence that they should wander forty years in the wilderness - and the second time, from the refusal of the king of Edom to allow them to pass through his territories. It was from Kadesh that the spies entered Palestine. See Numbers 13:17, Numbers 13:26; Numbers 14:40-45; Numbers 21:1-3; Deuteronomy 1:41-46; Judges 1:7. Kadesh was on the northern border of Edom, and not far from Mount Hor. See Robinson's Biblical Researches in Palestine, vol. ii. pp. 582, 610, 662; Kitto, Cyclo-Bib. in the article, "Kadesh;" and the Pictorial Bible on Numbers 20:1. There seems to have been nothing special in regard to this wilderness which led the author of the psalm to select it for his illustration, except that it was well known and commonly spoken of, and that it would thus suggest an image that would be familiar to the Israelites.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 29:8

    29:8 Kadesh - An eminent wilderness, vast and terrible, and well known to the Israelites, and wherein possibly they had seen, and observed some such effects of thunder.