Psalms 89:10

10 You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand, you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist.

Psalms 89:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 89:10

Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain
Or Egypt, as in ( Psalms 87:4 ) ( Isaiah 51:9 ) or the Egyptians, and particularly Pharaoh their king; so the Targum explains it,

``Rahab or the proud one, this is Pharaoh the wicked;''

who and his people were broken to pieces by the plagues that were brought upon them, especially when all their firstborn were slain; and he and his host were broke in pieces at the Red sea, and were seen by the Israelites on the shore, all dead men; and this was done as easily by the Lord, as one slain with the sword, as a dead carcass which has no life, power, and strength to defend itself, may be trampled upon, crushed, bruised, and broken to pieces, by a living man. All this may be an emblem of the Lord's breaking in pieces the proud and insolent one Satan, as Rahab signifies; of his breaking his head, destroying his works, and spoiling his principalities and powers; and indeed of his destruction of every proud and haughty sinner, that says, Pharaoh like, who is the Lord, that I should obey him? and of every vain boaster, and self-righteous person, that trusts in his own righteousness, and will not submit to the righteousness of Christ; and particularly of mystical Egypt, the proud beast of Rome, antichrist, who sits in the temple of God as if he was God, showing himself to be so, blaspheming God, his name, his tabernacle, and his saints; who will be broken to shivers as a potter's vessel, when the vials of God's wrath are poured out, and at and by the coming of Christ:

thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm;
as the Egyptians were in the Red sea, by the waves of it, and cast upon the shore by them; and as the Amorites were by Moses, and the Canaanites by Joshua; which instances may be here referred unto; see ( Numbers 10:35 ) these are further proofs of the power and strength of the Lord, ( Job 40:9-14 ) .

Psalms 89:10 In-Context

8 God of the Angel Armies, who is like you, powerful and faithful from every angle?
9 You put the arrogant ocean in its place and calm its waves when they turn unruly.
10 You gave that old hag Egypt the back of your hand, you brushed off your enemies with a flick of your wrist.
11 You own the cosmos - you made everything in it, everything from atom to archangel.
12 You positioned the North and South Poles; the mountains Tabor and Hermon sing duets to you.
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