Psalms 78:53

53 God led them in safety—they were not afraid! But the sea engulfed their enemies!

Psalms 78:53 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:53

And he led them on safely
Through the sea, where the waters were on each side; and through the wilderness, in which were serpents and scorpions, and where they were attacked by many powerful enemies:

so that they feared not;
for though they feared for a while at the Red sea, yet their fears were soon silenced, and they by faith passed through the Red sea as on dry land; and especially their fears were gone, when they saw the Egyptians dead on the sea shore; wherefore it follows:

but the sea overwhelmed their enemies;
or "covered" them F16; the waters returned, and overflowed and drowned the Egyptians, who were their implacable enemies, and vowed their destruction, and were sure of it; but now the Israelites had nothing to fear from them.


FOOTNOTES:

F16 (hok) "operuit", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Piscator, Gejerus.

Psalms 78:53 In-Context

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.
53 God led them in safety—they were not afraid! But the sea engulfed their enemies!
54 God brought them to his holy territory, to the mountain that his own strong hand had acquired.
55 God drove out the nations before them and apportioned property for them; he settled Israel's tribes in their tents.