Psalm 21:3
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New International Version
You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.

New Living Translation
You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.

English Standard Version
For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.

New American Standard Bible
For You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head.

King James Bible
For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For You meet him with rich blessings; You place a crown of pure gold on his head.

International Standard Version
You go before him with wonderful blessings, and put a crown of fine gold on his head.

NET Bible
For you bring him rich blessings; you place a golden crown on his head.

New Heart English Bible
For you meet him with the blessings of goodness. You set a crown of fine gold on his head.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the blessing of goodness went before him and you have set a precious crown upon his head.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You welcomed him with the blessings of good things and set a crown of fine gold on his head.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Thou meetest him with choicest blessings; Thou settest a crown of fine gold on his head.

New American Standard 1977
For Thou dost meet him with the blessings of good things;
            Thou dost set a crown of fine gold on his head.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou givest him beforehand the blessings of goodness; thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

King James 2000 Bible
For you meet him with the blessings of goodness: you set a crown of pure gold on his head.

American King James Version
For you prevent him with the blessings of goodness: you set a crown of pure gold on his head.

American Standard Version
For thou meetest him with the blessings of goodness: Thou settest a crown of fine gold on his head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness: thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou hast met him with the blessings of goodness; thou hast set a crown of pure gold on his head.

English Revised Version
For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of fine gold on his head.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou hast met him with the blessings of goodness: thou hast set a crown of pure gold on his head.

World English Bible
For you meet him with the blessings of goodness. You set a crown of fine gold on his head.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou puttest before him blessings of goodness, Thou settest on his head a crown of fine gold.
Study Bible
The King Rejoices in Your Strength!
2You have given him his heart's desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah. 3For You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head. 4He asked life of You, You gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever.…
Cross References
Revelation 14:14
And I looked and saw a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was One like the Son of Man, with a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.

2 Samuel 12:30
Then he took the crown of their king from his head; and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone; and it was placed on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city in great amounts.

Psalm 59:10
My God in His lovingkindness will meet me; God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.

Psalm 79:8
Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, For we are brought very low.

Psalm 132:18
"His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon himself his crown shall shine."

Zechariah 6:11
"Take silver and gold, make an ornate crown and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
Treasury of Scripture

For you prevent him with the blessings of goodness: you set a crown of pure gold on his head.

preventest

Psalm 18:18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the middle …

2 Samuel 2:4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over …

2 Samuel 5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king …

Job 41:11 Who has prevented me, that I should repay him? whatever is under …

Romans 11:35 Or who has first given to him, and it shall be recompensed to him again?

blessings

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you…

2 Chronicles 6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into your resting place, you, and …

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed …

settest

2 Samuel 12:30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof …

1 Chronicles 20:2 And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found …

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for …

Revelation 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; …

(3) Thou preventest--i.e., comest to meet him. The word "prevent" is familiar in this sense in the English collect: "Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings." (Comp. Psalm 79:8; 1Thessalonians 4:15.) The "crown "is by some identified with that won by David at Rabbah Moab. Others make it refer to a coronation. Ewald thinks of a birthday celebration. Probably no more is intended than a symbol of victory and rejoicing. Maidens were accustomed to meet a monarch returning in victory, and to offer a crown, or garland, which was a symbol of extraordinary rejoicing. (Comp. 1Samuel 18:6; Psalm 68:11; Song of Solomon 3:11; Wisdom Of Solomon 2:8; Judith 15:13; 3Ma 7:16.)

Verse 3. - For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness; i.e. thou givest him blessings before he asks, and more than he asks.. "The blessings of goodness" is pleonastic, since a blessing cannot be otherwise than a good. Thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. It is remarked that David, as the result of one of his wars, did actually take the crown of the conquered king, which was a crown of gold, from off the king' s head, and place it upon his own head (2 Samuel 12:30); but this is scarcely what is intended here. As Hengstenberg observes, "The setting on of the crown marks the bestowment of dominion," not in one petty ease only, but generally, and is scarcely to be altogether separated from the promises recorded in 2 Samuel 7:12-16. For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness,.... Not temporal, but spiritual blessings, which spring from the grace and goodness of God, and consist of it; and relate to the spiritual and eternal welfare of those for whose sake he receives them, and who are blessed with them in him: his being "prevented" with them denotes the freeness of the donation of them; that before he could well ask for them, or before he had done requesting them, they were given him; and also the earliness of the gift of them, they were put into his hands before his incarnation, before he was manifest in the flesh, even from the foundation of the world, and before the world began, Ephesians 1:3, 2 Timothy 1:9, and likewise the order in which they were given; first to Christ, and then to his people in him, as the passages referred to show;

thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head; which is expressive of his victory over all enemies, sin, Satan, and the world, death and hell; and of his being possessed of his throne and kingdom; and has respect to his exaltation at the right hand of God, where he is crowned with glory and honour: and this crown being of "pure gold" denotes the purity, glory, solidity, and perpetuity of his kingdom; this is a crown, not which believers put upon him by believing in him, and ascribing the glory of their salvation to him, or what the church, called his mother, has crowned him with, Sol 3:11, but which his father put upon him, who has set him King over his holy hill of Zion, Psalm 2:6; compare with this Revelation 14:14. The Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions read "a crown of a precious stone"; and so Apollinarius; and seem to refer to the crown set on David's head, which had precious stones in it, 2 Samuel 12:30; Josephus (x) says it had a sardonyx. Fortunatus Scacchus (y) fancies the topaz is meant, and that the Hebrew text should be read "a crown of topaz"; mistaking the sense of the word "phaz", which never signifies a topaz, but the best gold, pure solid gold.

(x) Antiqu. l. 7. c. 7. s. 5. (y) Elaeochrism. Sacr. l. 3. c. 40. p. 1003. 3. preventest—literally, "to meet here in good sense," or "friendship" (Ps 59:10; compare opposite, Ps 17:13).

blessings of goodness—which confer happiness.

crown of pure gold—a figure for the highest royal prosperity.21:1-6 Happy the people whose king makes God's strength his confidence, and God's salvation his joy; who is pleased with all the advancements of God kingdom, and trusts God to support him in all he does for the service of it. All our blessings are blessings of goodness, and are owing, not to any merit of ours, but only to God's goodness. But when God's blessings come sooner, and prove richer than we imagine; when they are given before we prayed for them, before we were ready for them, nay, when we feared the contrary; then it may be truly said that he prevented, or went before us, with them. Nothing indeed prevented, or went before Christ, but to mankind never was any favour more preventing than our redemption by Christ. Thou hast made him to be a universal, everlasting blessing to the world, in whom the families of the earth are, and shall be blessed; and so thou hast made him exceeding glad with the countenance thou hast given to his undertaking, and to him in the prosecution of it. The Spirit of prophecy rises from what related to the king, to that which is peculiar to Christ; none other is blessed for ever, much less a blessing for ever.
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