Psalms 76:7

7 Fierce you are, and fearsome! Who can stand up to your rising anger?

Psalms 76:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 76:7

Thou, even thou, art to be feared
By his own people with reverence and godly fear, because of his greatness and goodness; and to be dreaded by his enemies; which seems to be the sense here, as appears by what follows:

and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
or "from the moment thou art angry" F2; so the Targum, from the "time", and Jarchi, from the "hour": that is, as soon as ever his anger begins, when it is kindled but a little, and how much less when it burns in its full strength? there is no standing before his justice, and at his judgment seat, with boldness and confidence, and so as to succeed, or come off acquitted, without having on his righteousness; and much less is there any standing before his wrath and fury, when his hand takes hold on judgment to execute it; see ( Nahum 1:6 ) ( Revelation 6:16 Revelation 6:17 ) .


F2 (Kpa zam) "ex quo irasceris", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "a momento, vel tempore irae tuae", Michaelis.

Psalms 76:7 In-Context

5 The warriors were plundered and left there impotent. And now there's nothing to them, nothing to show for their swagger and threats.
6 Your sudden roar, God of Jacob, knocked the wind out of horse and rider.
7 Fierce you are, and fearsome! Who can stand up to your rising anger?
8 From heaven you thunder judgment; earth falls to her knees and holds her breath.
9 God stands tall and makes things right, he saves all the wretched on earth.
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