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Psalm 107:26

26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.

Read Psalm 107:26 Using Other Translations

They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight;
Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror.

What does Psalm 107:26 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 107:26

They mount up to the heaven
The waves which are lifted up by the stormy wind, and the ships which are upon them, and the men in them.

They go down again to the depths:
one while they seem to reach the skies, and presently they are down, as it were, in the bottom of the sea, and are threatened to be buried in the midst of it; distress at sea is described in much the same language by Virgil and Ovid F13.

Their soul is melted because of trouble;
because of the danger of being cast away; so it was with Jonah's mariner's, and with the disciples in the storm; sea roaring, and men's hearts failing for fear, are joined together in ( Luke 21:25 Luke 21:26 )


FOOTNOTES:

F13 "Tollimur in coelum", Virgil. Aeneid 3. prope finem. "Coelumque aequare videtur pontus". Ovid. Metamorph. l. 12. Fab. 10.
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