Psalm 29:9 Index
"The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory."
Research Material

" . . . hinds to calve . . . "

  • Obviously because of fear induced by the thunderstorm. Certain Arabian poets also, also Plutarch and Pliny, have recorded this phenomenon. (3BC 700)

" . . . discovereth . . . "

  • Hebrew chalaph, "to strip," "to lay bare." (3BC 700)

" . . . His temple . . . "

  • Probably here not the tabernacle, but the world of nature. (3BC 700)

" . . . every one . . . "

  • Or "everything."
  • All things - the thunder, the lighting, the crashing of the trees, the shaking of the wilderness, the leaves being stripped from the trees - declare the power and glory of God (Psalm 19:2). It is a good thing for us to stand in awe in the presence of the violent phenomena of nature, and then to lift our hearts in praise to the God of majesty and power. The universal chorus of praise reminds us of the continuous adoration of the seraphim in Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 6:2; Isaiah 6:3). With the climactic description of this verse, the storm subsides, and the psalmist turns to quiet meditation and to a declaration of God's sovereignty and His wonderful gift of peace. (4BC 700-701)