Psalm 29:1-11 David uses “thunder” as a metaphor for the voice of God. For the purpose of instruction, the reason is to make obvious the connection between something that everybody is familiar with—the powerful, reverberating sound of thunder—and the power of God’s spoken Word.
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The Nature of God’s Voice …
Psalm 29:3-11 – The Voice Version of the Bible:
3 The voice of the Eternal echoes over the great waters; God’s magnificence roars like thunder. The Eternal’s presence hovers over all the waters.
4 His voice explodes in great power over the earth. His voice is both regal and grand.
5 The Eternal’s voice shatters the cedars; His power splinters the great cedars of Lebanon 6 He speaks, and Lebanon leaps like a young calf; Sirion jumps like a wild, youthful ox.
7 The voice of the Eternal cuts through with flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Eternal rumbles through the wilderness with great quakes; He causes Kadesh to tremble.
9 The Eternal’s voice brings life from the doe’s womb; His voice strips the forest bare, … Selah …
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