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Psalm 104:4. This verse is quoted in Hebrews 1:7, but the Book of Hebrews almost exactly quotes the Septuagint, not the Hebrew text. The Hebrew text and Septuagint text are somewhat different.

“who makes the winds his messengers, flaming fires his ministers.” The Hebrew text of this verse has been understood in a couple of very different ways. One is that just as God is thought of as wrapping Himself in light, making his house in the clouds, and using the clouds as his chariot, so His messengers, His angels, are like winds and like flaming fire and go about doing His will (International Critical Commentary).

The other meaning the verse may have is that the winds are His messengers and His servants are “flames of fire,” that is, lightning, and those things are the servants of Yahweh displaying His power and doing His will. It is possible that both meanings are true. Both God and the Devil demonstrate their power through what happens in nature.


Commentary for: Psalms 104:4