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Psalms 76:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Thou, even thou, art to be feared; And who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Thou, [even] thou, [art] to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— You, even You, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Thou, [even] thou, [art] to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Thou, thou art to be feared, and who can stand before thee when once thou art angry?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— As for thee, to be feared thou art! Who then shall stand before thee, because of the power of thine anger?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Thou, fearful [art] Thou, And who doth stand before Thee, Since Thou hast been angry!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thou art terrible, and who shall resist thee? from that time thy wrath.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Thou, [euen] thou art to be feared; and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Thou art terrible; and who shall withstand thee, because of thine anger?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Thou, [even] thou, [art] to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Thou, x859
(0859) Complement
A primitive pronoun of the second person; thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you.
[even] thou, x859
(0859) Complement
A primitive pronoun of the second person; thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you.
[art] to be feared: 3372
{3372} Prime
A primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten.
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
and who x4310
(4310) Complement
An interrogitive pronoun of persons, as H4100 is of things, who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix.
may stand 5975
{5975} Prime
A primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literally and figuratively, intransitively and transitively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
in thy sight 6440
{6440} Prime
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
when y227
[0227] Standard
A demonstrative adverb; at that time or place; also as a conjugation, therefore.
once x4480
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
(0227) Complement
A demonstrative adverb; at that time or place; also as a conjugation, therefore.
thou art angry? 639
{0639} Prime
From H0599; properly the nose or nostril; hence the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 76:7

_ _ may ... sight — contend with Thee (Deuteronomy 9:4; Joshua 7:12).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 76:7-12

_ _ This glorious victory with which God had graced and blessed his church is here made to speak three things: —

_ _ I. Terror to God's enemies (Psalms 76:7-9): “Thou, even thou, art to be feared; thy majesty is to be reverenced, thy sovereignty to be submitted to, and thy justice to be dreaded by those that have offended thee.” Let all the world learn by this event to stand in awe of the great God. 1. Let all be afraid of his wrath against the daring impiety of sinners: Who may stand in thy sight from the minute that thou art angry? If God be a consuming fire, how can chaff and stubble stand before him, though his anger be kindled but a little? Psalms 2:12. 2. Let all be afraid of his jealousy for oppressed innocency and the injured cause of his own people: “Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven, then when thou didst arise to save all the meek of the earth (Psalms 76:8, Psalms 76:9); and then the earth feared and was still, waiting what would be the issue of those glorious appearances of thine.” Note, (1.) God's people are the meek of the earth (Zechariah 2:3), the quiet in the land (Psalms 35:20), that can bear any wrong, but do none. (2.) Though the meek of the earth are by their meekness exposed to injury, yet God will, sooner or later, appear for their salvation, and plead their cause. (3.) When God comes to save all the meek of the earth, he will cause judgment to be heard from heaven; he will make the world know that he is angry at the oppressors of his people, and takes what is done against them as done against himself. The righteous God long seems to keep silence, yet, sooner or later, he will make judgment to be heard. (4.) When God is speaking judgment from heaven it is time for the earth to compose itself into an awful and reverent silence: The earth feared and was still, as silence is made by proclamation when the court sits. Be still and know that I am God, Psalms 46:10. Be silent, O all flesh! before the Lord, for he is raised up to judgment, Zechariah 2:13. Those that suppose this psalm to have been penned upon the occasion of the routing of Sennacherib's army take it for granted that the descent of the destroying angel, who did the execution, was accompanied with thunder, by which God caused judgment to be heard from heaven, and that the earth feared (that is, there was an earthquake), but it was soon over. But this is altogether uncertain.

_ _ II. Comfort to God's people, Psalms 76:10. We live in a very angry provoking world; we often feel much, and are apt to fear more, from the wrath of man, which seems boundless. But this is a great comfort to us, 1. That as far as God permits the wrath of man to break forth at any time he will make it turn to his praise, will bring honour to himself and serve his own purposes by it: Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee, not only by the checks given to it, when it shall be forced to confess its own impotency, but even by the liberty given to it for a time. The hardships which God's people suffer by the wrath of their enemies are made to redound to the glory of God and his grace; and the more the heathen rage and plot against the Lord and his anointed the more will God be praised for setting his King upon his holy hill of Zion in spite of them, Psalms 2:1, Psalms 2:6. When the heavenly hosts make this the matter of their thanksgiving-song that God has taken to himself his great power and has reigned, though the nations were angry (Revelation 11:17, Revelation 11:18), then the wrath of man adds lustre to the praises of God. 2. That what will not turn to his praise shall not be suffered to break out: The remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. Men must never permit sin, because they cannot check it when they will; but God can. He can set bounds to the wrath of man, as he does to the raging sea. Hitherto it shall come and no further; here shall its proud waves be stayed. God restrained the remainder of Sennacherib's rage, for he put a hook in his nose and a bridle in his jaws (Isaiah 37:29); and, though he permitted him to talk big, he restrained him from doing what he designed.

_ _ III. Duty to all, Psalms 76:11, Psalms 76:12. Let all submit themselves to this great God and become his loyal subjects. Observe, 1. The duty required of us all, all that are about him, that have any dependence upon him or any occasion to approach to him; and who is there that has not? We are therefore every one of us commanded to do our homage to the King of kings: Vow and pay; that is, take an oath of allegiance to him and make conscience of keeping it. Vow to be his, and pay what you vow. Bind your souls with a bond to him (for that is the nature of a vow), and then live up to the obligations you have laid upon yourselves; for better it is not to vow than to vow and not to pay. And, having taken him for our King, let us bring presents to him, as subjects to their sovereign, 1 Samuel 10:27. Send you the lamb to the ruler of the land, Isaiah 16:1. Not that God needs any present we can bring, or can be benefited by it; but thus we must give him honour and own that we have our all from him. Our prayers and praises, and especially our hearts, are the presents we should bring to the Lord our God. 2. The reasons to enforce this duty: Render to all their due, fear to whom fear is due; and is it not due to God? Yes; (1.) He ought to be feared: He is the fear (so the word is); his name is glorious and fearful,; and he is the proper object of our fear; with him is terrible majesty. The God of Abraham is called the fear of Isaac (Genesis 31:42), and we are commanded to make him our fear, Isaiah 8:13. When we bring presents to him we must have an eye to him as greatly to be feared; for he is terrible in his holy places. (2.) He will be feared, even by those who think it their own sole prerogative to be feared (Psalms 76:12): He shall cut off the spirit of princes; he shall slip it off as easily as we slip off a flower from the stalk or a bunch of grapes from the vine; so the word signifies. He can dispirit those that are most daring and make them heartless; for he is, or will be, terrible to the kings of the earth; and sooner or later, if they be not so wise as to submit themselves to him, he will force them to call in vain to rocks and mountains to fall on them and hide them from his wrath, Revelation 6:16. Since there is no contending with God, it is as much our wisdom as it is our duty to submit to him.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 76:7

Thou, [even] thou, [art] to be feared: and who may stand in thy (e) sight when once thou art angry?

(e) God with a look is able to destroy all the power and activity of the enemies, no matter how many or mighty.

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even thou:

Psalms 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all [them that are] about him.
Jeremiah 10:7-10 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise [men] of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, [there is] none like unto thee. ... But the LORD [is] the true God, he [is] the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Revelation 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.


Psalms 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, [so is] thy wrath.
Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
Revelation 6:16-17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: ... For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?


Psalms 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed [are] all they that put their trust in him.
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