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Psalms 78:65

    Psalms 78:65 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouts by reason of wine.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, Like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then was the Lord like one awaking from sleep, and like a strong man crying out because of wine.

    Webster's Revision

    Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, Like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

    World English Bible

    Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep, like a mighty man who shouts by reason of wine.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 78:65

    Then the Lord awaked - He seemed as if he had totally disregarded what was done to his people, and the reproach that seemed to fall on himself and his worship by the capture of the ark.

    Like a mighty man - כגבור kegibbor, like a hero that shouteth by reason of wine. One who, going forth to meet his enemy, having taken a sufficiency of wine to refresh himself, and become a proper stimulus to his animal spirits shouts - gives the war-signal for the onset; impatient to meet the foe, and sure of victory. The idea is not taken from the case of a drunken man. A person in such a state would be very unfit to meet his enemy, and could have little prospect of conquest.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 78:65

    Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep - literally, as one sleeping; that is, as one who is asleep suddenly arouses himself. The Lord seemed to have slept, or to have been inattentive to what was occurring. Suddenly he aroused himself to inflict vengeance on the enemies of his people. Compare Psalm 7:6, note; Psalm 44:23, note.

    And like a mighty man - The allusion is probably to a warrior.

    That shouteth by reason of wine - The proper idea here is that of singing, or lifting up the voice in exultation and rejoicing; the idea of a man who sings and shouts as he is excited by wine, and as he presses onward to conflict and to victory. It is not uncommon in the Scriptures to compare God, as he goes forth to accomplish his purposes on his enemies, with a warrior. See Exodus 15:3; Psalm 24:8.