Psalm 21:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 21:9, NIV: "When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and his fire will consume them."

Psalm 21:9, ESV: "You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them."

Psalm 21:9, KJV: "Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them."

Psalm 21:9, NASB: "You will make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger; The LORD will swallow them up in His wrath, And fire will devour them."

Psalm 21:9, NLT: "You will throw them in a flaming furnace when you appear. The LORD will consume them in his anger; fire will devour them."

Psalm 21:9, CSB: "You will make them burn like a fiery furnace when you appear; the LORD will engulf them in his wrath, and fire will devour them."

What does Psalm 21:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The assembled people expect David to overcome his enemies as thoroughly as a furnace burns its fuel. The congregation sees this devouring of David's enemies as an act of the Lord. They state that the Lord will execute His wrath on the enemies and consume them.

Fire is a common biblical metaphor for the judgment of God. Psalm 89:46 describes the Lord's wrath as burning like fire. Psalm 97:3 says, "Fire goes before [the Lord] and burns up his adversaries all around." Using similar language, Malachi assures us: "Behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch" (Malachi 4:1).

At the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11–15) all unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire. Those who spurn God's offer of salvation and reject the Savior will perish (John 3:16–18).