Psalms 29:1

29:1 mighty. “Mighty” is the Hebrew bene elim, “sons of the mighty,” practically equivalent to bene elohim, “sons of God” (Genesis 6:4; Job 38:7). David’s vision is where the angelic host is assembled in the heavenly sanctuary (i.e., “the beauty of holiness”—Psalm 29:2), just before God unleashes on the earth the judgment of the great Flood. This interpretation is certified by use of the Hebrew mabbul for “flood” in Psalm 29:10, a word otherwise used only in Genesis 6–9 and only for the great Flood. The exhortation to the heavenly host is occasioned by God’s victory over the rebellious men and angels by the great Flood itself.

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