Psalms 78:50

50 God blazed a path for his wrath. He didn't save them from death, but delivered their lives over to disease.

Psalms 78:50 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:50

He made a way to his anger
Or, "for" it, so that nothing could obstruct it, or hinder the execution of it; or "he weighed a path for his anger" F13; he weighed it in the balance of justice, and proportioned his anger to their crimes, and punished them according to their just deserts:

he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the
pestilence;
which some understand of their cattle, and of the murrain that came upon them, by which they were destroyed, and which was the fifth plague of Egypt, ( Exodus 9:3 ) , so the Targum,

``their beasts he delivered unto death;''

but Aben Ezra interprets it of the slaughter of the firstborn, expressed in the following verse; and so others.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 (wpal bytn olpy) "ponderavit semitam furori suo", Pagninus, Vatablus; "libravit semitam irae suae", Tigurine version; "iter ad iram suam", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Psalms 78:50 In-Context

48 God delivered their cattle over to disease, their herds to plagues.
49 God unleashed his burning anger against them— fury, indignation, distress, a troop of evil messengers.
50 God blazed a path for his wrath. He didn't save them from death, but delivered their lives over to disease.
51 God struck down all of Egypt's oldest males; in Ham's tents, he struck their pride and joy.
52 God led his own people out like sheep, guiding them like a flock in the wilderness.