Psalms 78:26

26 God set the east wind moving across the skies and drove the south wind by his strength.

Psalms 78:26 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:26

He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens
In the airy heaven: or "he caused it to go" F6; to go forth out of its place, out of the repositories and treasures of it, from whence he brings the wind, ( Psalms 130:7 ) the winds are under the power and government of God, they are his servants that obey him; he says to one, Go, and it goes; and to another, Come, and it comes; stormy wind fulfils his word of command, and obeys its Creator:

and by his power he brought in the south wind;
into the heavens, into the air, as before, and with it he brought the quails; and which made his power to appear the greater, since they do not fly with the south wind, which is too moist and heavy for them, as naturalists observe {g}; it looks as if first one wind blew, and then another was used for the bringing of them from the place where they were; perhaps about the Red sea, where they are said to have been in great numbers; and that the east wind brought them to a certain point, and then the south wind blew to bring them into the camp of Israel, where, by the moistness of it, they fell; hence fowlers, as the above naturalists relate, observe the south wind, in order to take them; though it may be that only one wind is intended, namely, the southeast wind; and so Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, understand it.


F6 (eoy) "fecit proficisci", Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus.
F7 Aristot. de Hist. Animal. l. 8. c. 12. Plin. Hist. l. 10. c. 23.

Psalms 78:26 In-Context

24 and rained manna on them so they could eat. He gave them the very grain of heaven!
25 Each person ate the bread of the powerful ones; God sent provisions to satisfy them.
26 God set the east wind moving across the skies and drove the south wind by his strength.
27 He rained meat on them as if it were dust in the air; he rained as many birds as the sand on the seashore!
28 God brought the birds down in the center of their camp, all around their dwellings.