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Psalms 77:17

    Psalms 77:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: your arrows also went abroad.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound: Thine arrows also went abroad.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The clouds sent out water; the skies gave out a sound; truly, your arrows went far and wide.

    Webster's Revision

    The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound: Thine arrows also went abroad.

    World English Bible

    The clouds poured out water. The skies resounded with thunder. Your arrows also flashed around.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The clouds poured out water; the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 77:17

    The clouds poured out water - It appears from this that there was a violent tempest at the time of the passage of the Red Sea. There was a violent storm of thunder, lightning, and rain. These three things are distinctly marked here.

    1. "The skies sent out a sound:" the Thunder.

    2. "Thine arrows went abroad:" the Lightning.

    3. "The clouds poured out water:" the Rain. In the next verse we have,

    4. An Earthquake: "The earth trembled and shook," Psalm 77:18.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 77:17

    The clouds poured out water - Margin, "The clouds were poured forth with water." The translation in the text is the more correct. This is a description of a storm; but to what particular storm in history does not appear. It was evidently some exhibition of the divine greatness and power in delivering the children of Israel, and may have referred to the extraordinary manifestation of God at Mount Sinai, amidst lightnings, and thunders, and tempests. Exodus 19:16. For a general description of a storm, as illustrating this passage, see Job 36:26-33, notes; Job 37:1-5, notes; and Psalm 29:1-11.

    The skies sent out a sound - The voice of thunder, which seems to come from the sky.

    Thine arrows also - The lightnings - compared with burning or ignited arrows. Such arrows were anciently used in war. They were bound round with rags, and dipped in some combustible substance - as turpentine - and shot into houses, grain-fields, haystacks, or towns, for the purpose of setting them on fire. It was not unnatural to compare the rapid lightnings with such blazing arrows.

    Went abroad - They moved rapidly in all directions.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 77:17

    77:17 Poured - When the Israelites passed over the sea. Arrows - Hail - stones or lightnings.