Psalm 76:12

12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

Read Psalm 76:12 Using Other Translations

He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.
who cuts off the spirit of princes, who is to be feared by the kings of the earth.
For he breaks the pride of princes, and the kings of the earth fear him.

What does Psalm 76:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 76:12

He shall cut off the spirit of princes
The pride of their spirits, as the Targum, humble their proud spirits, and bring them down; or dispirit them, take away their courage from them, upon which they flee apace to rocks and mountains to cover them; or confound them, blast their schemes, and carry their counsel headlong, and even take away their breath, or life; which he can as easily do as a man can cut off a bunch of grapes from the vine, as the word F7 here used signifies; the destruction of the wicked is expressed by cutting down the vine of the earth, and casting it into the winepress of God's wrath, ( Revelation 14:17-19 ) ,

he is terrible to the kings of the earth;
as he was to the king of Assyria, when he sent his angel, and destroyed his army; and as he has been to others in all ages; so he will be to the kings of the earth that have committed fornication with the whore of Rome, who will be in the utmost panic at the time of her destruction, ( Revelation 18:9 Revelation 18:10 ) , and who will themselves be overcome by the Lamb, ( Revelation 16:14 Revelation 16:16 ) ( Revelation 17:12 Revelation 17:14 ) ( 19:19-21 ) . The Targum is, he is to be feared above all the kings of the earth.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 (ruby) "qui vindemiat", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "succidet nempe, ut vindemiator racemos", Vatablus, so Ainsworth.
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