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Psalms 46:6

 

 

The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.

Adam Clarke Commentary

The heathen raged - There had been terrible wars on all hands, and mighty states were crushed, when the poor Jews were, by the especial favor of God, kept in peace and safety. Kingdoms were moved while they were preserved.

He uttered his voice - These words seem to refer to thunder, lightning, and earthquake. The expressions, however, may be figurative, and refer to the wars and desolations already mentioned. God gave the command; and one empire was cast down, and another was raised up.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-46.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The heathen raged - The nations were in commotion, or were agitated like the waves of the sea. This language would well describe the consternation of the nations when the Assyrians went forth to conquest, and when, having subdued so many other kingdoms, they made war on Jerusalem. Compare Isaiah 36:18-20.

The kingdoms were moved - That is, those who were invaded, as well as those that made the invasion. There was a general convulsion or shaking among the nations of the earth.

He uttered his voice - God spoke; he gave command; he expressed his will. Compare Genesis 1:3; Habakkuk 3:6.

The earth melted - The very earth seemed to melt or dissolve before him. Everything became still. The danger passed away at his command, and the raging world became calm. The Bible abounds in language of this kind, showing the absolute power of God, or his power to control all the raging elements on land and ocean by a word. Compare the notes at Psalm 33:9. See also Psalm 107:25, Psalm 107:29; Matthew 8:26.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-46.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The Heathen raged,.... As they did at Christ's first coming, against him, his Gospel, and people; and which continued during the three first centuries; and then the Pagan kingdoms belonging to the Roman empire were removed; since then another sort of Heathens, the Papists, have raged, in violent persecutions and bloodshed of the saints and martyrs of Jesus, and will rage again, about and at the downfall of Babylon; see Revelation 11:18;

the kingdoms were moved; either from their Pagan or Papal religion, and became subject to Christ. So it was at the downfall of Rome Pagan; and so it will be at the downfall of Rome Papal; when the kings of the earth shall hate the whore, make her desolate, and burn her flesh with fire. Or they shall be destroyed; that is, those that shall be gathered together in Armageddon, to make war with the Lamb; see Revelation 16:14;

he uttered his voice, the earth melted; like wax, as the inhabitants of the earth do at the voice of his thunder, and as antichrist will at the breath of his mouth; and all within the Romish jurisdiction, signified by "the earth", as it often is in the book of the Revelation, when the voice of the mighty angel shall be heard, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen", Revelation 18:1.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-46.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

(Compare Psalm 46:2).

earth melted — all powers dissolved by His mere word (Psalm 75:3; Hosea 2:22).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-46.html. 1871-8.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

6The peoples raged Since the Church of God is never without enemies, and these very powerful, and such as consequently fight against her with cruel and unbridled fury, the prophet now confirms from experience the doctrine which he had advanced concerning the impregnable character of the divine protection. He then deduces from it this general ground of consolation, That it belongs continually to God to restrain and quell all commotions, and that his arm is strong enough to break all the efforts of the enemy. This passage, I admit, might be understood in a more general sense, as meaning that the city of God is liable to be assailed by many storms and tempests; but that by the favor of God she is, nevertheless, always preserved in safety. It is, however, more probable, as I have already said at the beginning, that the Psalmist is here speaking of some notable deliverance, in which God had given a striking proof of the power and favor which he exercises in the constant preservation of the Church. Accordingly, he relates what had taken place, namely, that the enemies of the Church came with a dreadful host to waste and destroy it; but that immediately, by the voice of God, they, as it were, melted and vanished away. From this we derive an invaluable ground of consolation, when it is said, That although the whole world rise up against us, and confound all things by their increased madness, they can be brought to nought in a moment, as soon as God shows himself favorable towards us. The voice of God, no doubt, signifies his will or command; but the prophet, by this expression, seems to have an eye to the promises of God, by which he has declared, that he will be the guardian and defender of the Church. At the same time, let us observe the contrast which is here stated between the voice of God and the turbulent commotions of the kingdoms of this world.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-46.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 46:6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

Ver. 6. The heathen raged] Among themselves, and against the Church (Christ mystical, as Psalms 2:1-2) with great three and fury: Quia ab ascensore suo Daemone perurgentur, as Bernard giveth the reason, because the devil rideth them, and spurreth them on.

The kingdoms were moved] To remove and root out the Church, but that will not be; because in the thing wherein they deal proudly God is above them. See those three sweet similitudes, Zechariah 12:2-3; Zechariah 12:6.

He ultered his voice] Thunder struck the enemies, and saved his people by a miracle of him mercy, Psalms 18:6-7.

The earth melted] Contra naturam suam, quia est arida, saith Aben Ezra; against the nature thereof, for it is dry. By the earth some understand the enemies, who had almost filled the whole land with their multitudes.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-46.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The heathen raged, to wit, against God, and against his people.

He uttered his voice; either he thundered, or he spake to them in his wrath, as is said, Psalms 2:5.

The earth melted; the inhabitants of the earth who were combined against Zion were dispirited and consumed.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-46.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6. The heathen raged—Compare Isaiah 10:24-34, on Sennacherib’s entrance into Judah, and 2 Kings 18:17-35, on his blasphemous boasting.

He uttered his voice—The voice of God is opposed to the arrogant and impious boasting of the enemy. This availed nothing, that caused the earth to melt, that is, the hearts of the enemy to dissolve in fear. See also Joshua 2:9. The Hebrew קול, (kohl,) “voice,” does not always apply to the human “voice,” or even to articulate sound; but always means an audible sound of some sort of definite import, as “a voice of rain,” (thunder,) 1 Kings 18:41; and “voice of chariots, and voice of horses,” 2 Kings 7:6. So “the voice of a marching in the tops of the mulberry trees,” 2 Samuel 5:24, (where see note,) might have been caused by a wind miraculously ordered. Isaiah (Isaiah 37:7) describes the overthrow of Sennacherib’s army to have been by a blast, or wind, ( רזח,) which would fitly apply to the simoon, the scourge and terror of Palestine and the Desert. See on Psalms 103:16; Psalms 11:6. Though its approach is heard at a great distance, in this case it awoke no soldier, owing to the preternatural sleep referred to in Psalms 76:6, where see note.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-46.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Trumpet. Christ ascended, accompanied by choirs of angels. His apostles proclaimed his truths. (Calmet) --- They were not left desolate, but joyful; having the Paraclete sent the them.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-46.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

heathen = nations.

raged. Same word as "roar", Psalms 46:3.

were moved = moved. Same word as in Psalms 46:5.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-46.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved - (Isaiah 17:12.) Hengstenberg, instead of "raged," translates 'roar;' to which, in striking contrast, follows --

He uttered his voice, the earth melted - at His voice the earthly kingdoms are "dissolved" with fear, or "melt" by His judgments, as contrasted with their previous roaring (Psalms 75:3; Amos 9:5). The raging of the pagan nations is ordained by Yahweh (Hebrew #3068); He is the first cause of the shaking of thee kingdoms by world-conquerors. 'Though the Lord should let the people roar, His people must not tremble, as it stands unalterably fast that He can help them' (Hengstenberg). (Haggai 2:21-22.) On His voice, cf. Psalms 68:33.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-46.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) The absence of conjunctions, and sudden change from the preterite to the future, lends a vividness to the picture.

“Raged heathen, tottered kingdoms

Gave with His voice (the signal) (and lo !)

Melts the earth.”


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-46.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
heathen
2:1-4; 83:2-8; 2 Chronicles 14:9-13; 20:1,20-24; Isaiah 8:9,10; 37:21-36
kingdoms
Isaiah 14:12-16
earth
68:8; 97:5; Joshua 2:9,11,24; Isaiah 64:1,2; Amos 9:5,13; Nahum 1:5; Habakkuk 3:5,6,10,11; 2 Peter 3:10-12; Revelation 6:13,14; 20:11

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 46:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-46.html.

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