Suddenly the terrible artillery of heaven was discharged; the _brightness_ of lightning lit up the clouds as with a glory proceeding from him who was concealed within the cloudy pavilion; and volleys of hailstones and coals of fire were hurled forth upon the enemy. The lightnings seemed to cleave the clouds and kindle them into a blaze, and then hailstones and flakes of fire with flashes of terrific grandeur terrified the sons of men.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS.
Verse 12.–“_Coals of fire_.” The word signifies, living, _burning coals_. Where the lightning fell, it devoured all before it, and burned whatever it touched into burning embers.–^Samuel Chandler.