(6) Thy right hand.--Here is a second anthropomorphism, following naturally on the first, and occuring in the later Scriptures frequently, though now used for the first time.
Hath dashed in pieces.--Rather, dashes in pieces. The verb is in the future, but is a future of continuance.
Thou hast overthrown . . . --Heb., thou overthrowest them that rise up against thee; thou sendest forth thy wrath: it consumeth them like stubble.
The blast of thy nostrils.--The "east wind" of Exodus 14:21. (Comp. Psalm 18:15.) As a physical effect, the gathering together of the waters, is ascribed to the "blast," we must understand a physical cause. Otherwise, God's wrath might be meant, as in Job 4:9.
The floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed.--The literalism which, taking its stand on these phrases, maintains that the water "gave up its nature (Kalisch) indicates an inability to distinguish poetry from prose, and fact from imagery. As well might it be held that the east wind was actually the breath of God's nostrils. (See the Note on Exodus 14:22.)
thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy; in a literal sense, Pharaoh and his host, the avowed enemies of Israel; and, in a spiritual sense, those before named, together with all the antichristian party, those enemies of Christ, and his people, whom he wilt break to shivers as a potter's vessel, Revelation 2:27.