Psalm 104:18
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New International Version
The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

New Living Translation
High in the mountains live the wild goats, and the rocks form a refuge for the hyraxes.

English Standard Version
The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

New American Standard Bible
The high mountains are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.

King James Bible
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The high mountains are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for hyraxes.

International Standard Version
The high mountains are for wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for the rock badger.

NET Bible
The wild goats live in the high mountains; the rock badgers find safety in the cliffs.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The high mountains for the mountain goats and the crags are a refuge for the rabbits.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The high mountains are for wild goats. The rocks are a refuge for badgers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The high mountains are a refuge for the wild goats, and the rocks for the conies.

King James 2000 Bible
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the badgers.

American King James Version
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

American Standard Version
The high mountains are for the wild goats; The rocks are a refuge for the conies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The high hills are a refuge for the harts, the rock for the irchins.

Darby Bible Translation
The high mountains are for the wild goats; the cliffs, a refuge for the rock-badgers.

English Revised Version
The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the conies.

Webster's Bible Translation
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

World English Bible
The high mountains are for the wild goats. The rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

Young's Literal Translation
The high hills are for wild goats, Rocks are a refuge for conies,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

104:10-18 When we reflect upon the provision made for all creatures, we should also notice the natural worship they render to God. Yet man, forgetful ungrateful man, enjoys the largest measure of his Creator's kindness. the earth, varying in different lands. Nor let us forget spiritual blessings; the fruitfulness of the church through grace, the bread of everlasting life, the cup of salvation, and the oil of gladness. Does God provide for the inferior creatures, and will he not be a refuge to his people?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats. Even the desolate ranges of the higher mountains are designed by God for the good of his creatures. They furnish a refuge for the ibex, or wild goat, when the hunter presses ca him; and, if they cannot give him food, give him safety. And the rocks for the conies; rather, for the marmots. Marmots still inhabit Palestine, though they are rarely seen; "conies," i.e. rabbits do not. The marmots are "a feeble folk, that make their houses in the rocks" (Proverbs 30:26).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats,.... Who have their name in Hebrew (d) from their climbing and ascending them. What we commonly call "a wild goose chase" should be expressed "a wild goat's chase"; for not geese, but goats, are chased; and when they are, they flee to the hills for refuge. Hence they are sometimes called the wild goats of the rocks, Job 39:1, and sometimes the rocks are called from them the rocks of wild goats, 1 Samuel 24:2. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, render it "for the harts", or deer; and so Apollinarius: but the word is not used of them.

And the rocks for the conies; who being a feeble folk, make their houses in them, to protect them from creatures of superior power and strength, Proverbs 30:26. Some interpret it of the "hedgehog", as the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions: others of "hares", as the Syriac and Arabic, and so Apollinarius; and others of "mountain mice". Now what the hills and rocks are to the above creatures, a refuge and a habitation for them, that Christ is to those that fly to him for refuge; though weak and feeble, sinful and unworthy, he is their rock, the rock of their refuge, their strong tower, and place of defence.

(d) ab Buxtorf. Lexic. fol. 322.



Psalm 104:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
O Lord, My God, You are Very Great
17Where the birds build their nests, And the stork, whose home is the fir trees. 18The high mountains are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim. 19He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.…
Cross References
Leviticus 11:5
The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you.

Job 39:1
"Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?

Proverbs 30:26
hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
Treasury of Scripture

The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

the wild goats. The rock goat, so called to ascend, because it is famous for mounting to the tops of the highest rocks. Its general appearance is that of the tame goat, of a dusky brown colour; but the male is larger, with long horns, bending backwards.

1 Samuel 24:2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went …

Job 39:1 Know you the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or …

the conies

Deuteronomy 14:7 Nevertheless these you shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or …

Proverbs 30:26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

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