2 Samuel 22:16

Hebrew Bible

14 The Lord thundered from the sky; the Most High shouted loudly. 15 He shot arrows and scattered them, lightning and routed them. 16 The depths of the sea were exposed; the inner regions of the world were uncovered by the Lord’s battle cry, by the powerful breath from his nose. 17 He reached down from above and grabbed me; he pulled me from the surging water.

1 Enoch 101:7


6 Are not the entire sea and all its waters, and all its movements, the work of the Most High, and has He not set limits to its doings, and confined it throughout by the sand? 7 And at His reproof it is afraid and dries up, and all its fish die and all that is in it; But ye sinners that are on the earth fear Him not. 8 Has He not made the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein? Who has given understanding and wisdom to everything that moves on the earth and in the sea.

 Notes and References

"... The language of “rebuke” assumes that capacity of nature to rebel against God (compare e.g. 2 Samuel 22:16; Job 26:11–12; Psalm 18:15; 89:9; 104:7; 106:9; Isaiah 24:17–20; Nahum 1:4; Sirach 16:18–19; 4QNonCanb (= 4Q381) 15.4; Mark 4:39; Matthew 8:26 and Lk. 8:24; compare Isaiah 17:13). The lemma thus ultimately describes how it is that God has placed the sea, its creatures and everything in it under control. This description presupposes the ancient near eastern creation myth about the triumph over chaos. Even the primordial powers are harnessed into obedience according to the Creator’s will and show God respect. “Fear” refers to obedience to (and therefore) worship of God as Creator, rather than simply to being afraid. The text has strong affinities with Deutero-Isaiah at 50:2 in which the myth is used to underscore God’s power to deliver Israel ..."

Stuckenbruck, Loren T. 1 Enoch 91-108 (p. 480) De Gruyter, 2007

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