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Psalm 29:3-9 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)


The voice of the Lord[a] is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is power;
    the voice of the Lord is splendor.
The voice of the Lord cracks the cedars;
    the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon,
Makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
    and Sirion[b] like a young bull.
The voice of the Lord strikes with fiery flame;
    the voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the desert of Kadesh.
[c]The voice of the Lord makes the deer dance
    and strips the forests bare.
    All in his Temple say, “Glory!”


  1. 29:3 The voice of the Lord: the sevenfold repetition of the phrase imitates the sound of crashing thunder and may allude to God’s primordial slaying of Leviathan, the seven-headed sea monster of Canaanite mythology.
  2. 29:6 Sirion: the Phoenician name for Mount Hermon, cf. Dt 3:9.
  3. 29:9b–10 Having witnessed God’s supreme power (Ps 29:3–9a), the gods acknowledge the glory that befits the king of the divine and human world.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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