Psalm 29:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 29:6, NIV: He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.

Psalm 29:6, ESV: He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

Psalm 29:6, KJV: He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

Psalm 29:6, NASB: He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, And Sirion like a young wild ox.

Psalm 29:6, NLT: He makes Lebanon's mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.

Psalm 29:6, CSB: He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion, like a young wild ox.

What does Psalm 29:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Vivid imagery continues after David likens God's voice to a potent storm (Psalm 29:3–5). Here, the Lord's power is depicted as moving the earth. Sirion was the name the Sidonians applied to Mount Hermon (Deuteronomy 3:9). The Lebanon mountain range, considered by the Canaanites to be the dwelling place of their gods, stood high but could not withstand earthquakes sent by God. At God's voice, these massive mountains jump like running animals. They rupture and rise as if they were calves or young ox jumping into the air.

Earthquakes will strike the earth in the tribulation period. Revelation 11:13 mentions a cataclysmic earthquake leveling a tenth of Jerusalem and killing 7,000 people. An earthquake will also split the Mount of Olives in two when Jesus returns to earth (Zechariah 14:4). One half of the mountain will shift to the north; the other half will move southward.