16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

Other Translations of Psalm 147:16

New International Version

16 He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.

English Standard Version

16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.

The Message

16 He spreads snow like a white fleece, he scatters frost like ashes,

New King James Version

16 He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes;

New Living Translation

16 He sends the snow like white wool; he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 147:16

Commentary on Psalm 147:12-20

(Read Psalm 147:12-20)

The church, like Jerusalem of old, built up and preserved by the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, is exhorted to praise him for all the benefits and blessings vouchsafed to her; and these are represented by his favours in the course of nature. The thawing word may represent the gospel of Christ, and the thawing wind the Spirit of Christ; for the Spirit is compared to the wind, John 3:8. Converting grace softens the heart that was hard frozen, and melts it into tears of repentance, and makes good reflections to flow, which before were chilled and stopped up. The change which the thaw makes is very evident, yet how it is done no one can say. Such is the change wrought in the conversion of a soul, when God's word and Spirit are sent to melt it and restore it to itself.