Psalms 148:8

8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,

Psalms 148:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him,
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 Fire and hail, snow and ice, hurricanes obeying his orders;
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 Fire and hail, snow and vapor; Stormy wind, fulfilling his word;
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 lightning and hail, snow and fog, strong winds that obey his commands,
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 lightning and hail, snow and cloud, powerful wind that executes His command,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 Praise him, lightning and hail, snow and clouds. Praise him, you stormy winds that obey him.

Psalms 148:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 148:8

Fire, and hail
These, and what follow in this verse, are in the air, but are what are exhaled or drawn up from the earth or water; "fire" is lightning, which is very swift in its motion, and powerful in its effects; this is the fire which consumed Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities of the plain; which in Elijah's time came down and destroyed the captains and their fifties; and which attended the Lord's appearance on Mount Sinai; when "the voice of his thunder was in the heaven, the lightnings lightened the world, and the earth trembled and shook", ( Psalms 77:18 ) ; and by which the power, majesty, and glory of God are greatly displayed; see ( Psalms 29:3-9 ) ; "hail", which is water frozen in the air and congealed; this was one of the plagues of Egypt; and with hailstones many of the Canaanites were slain in the times of Joshua; and by these God has shown his power, and has got himself praise from his people by destroying their enemies, though they have blasphemed his name on account of them, as they will when the great hailstorm of all shall fall, ( Revelation 16:21 ) ;

snow, and vapour;
the former is a gift of God, and very beneficial to the earth, and the cause of praise and thankfulness to God; (See Gill on Psalms 147:16); the word F6 for "vapour" signifies smoke, and is what rises out of the earth like smoke, as Kimchi and Ben Melech observe; and is hot and dry, and forms lightnings and winds, and has its place among things that occasion praise;

stormy wind fulfilling his word;
which is raised up by a word of his command; he creates it, brings it out of his treasures, holds it in his lists, and lets it go out at his pleasure to fulfil his will; either, as at some times in a way of mercy, as to dry up the waters of the flood, to make a way for Israel through the Red sea, to bring quails to them in the wilderness, and rain to the land of Israel in Ahab's time; and sometimes in a way of judgment, to drown Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea, to break the ships of Tarshish, to fetch Jonah the disobedient prophet back, and to distress him afterwards; see ( Psalms 107:25 ) ; to do all this is an argument of divine power, and a proof of deity, as it is of our Lord's, ( Matthew 8:27 ) . The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, read it in the plural number, "which do his word"; referring it not to the stormy wind only, but to fire and hail, snow and vapour; but the Hebrew text restrains it to the stormy wind.


F6 (rwjyq) "vapor seu fumus", Piscator, Muis, Gejerus.

Psalms 148:8 In-Context

6 and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 9:18; S Joshua 10:11
  • 2. Job 37:11-12; S Psalms 103:20; Psalms 147:15-18
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