Psalm 29:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 29:3, NIV: The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

Psalm 29:3, ESV: The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters.

Psalm 29:3, KJV: The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.

Psalm 29:3, NASB: The voice of the LORD is on the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters.

Psalm 29:3, NLT: The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The LORD thunders over the mighty sea.

Psalm 29:3, CSB: The voice of the Lord is above the waters. The God of glory thunders -- the Lord, above the vast water,

What does Psalm 29:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Judging by the imagery used in this passage, David might have seen an exceptional storm breaking over the Mediterranean Sea. He uses those symbols to attribute power to the voice of God. The thunderstorm is evidence of the Lord's might. He commands thunder to appear and clap loudly. Certainly, the God who created everything by His spoken word (Hebrews 11:3) is powerful enough to control nature. He is not a disinterested, distant god, as deism insists. He did not simply create the world and then let it run down by itself. His hand is on nature, and it is His to command.

Jesus, the Son of God, provided incontrovertible proof of His power over nature. He stilled a storm that arose over the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:39). He turned water into wine (John 2:6–11). He brought a great catch into nets that were empty after a night-long attempt to harvest fish, twice (Luke 5:1–11; John 21:1–14). He fed 5,000 hungry men, plus women and children, with five barley rolls and two small fish (Matthew 14:13–21). He rode into Jerusalem on an unbroken colt (Mark 11:2, 7).