Psalm 65:10
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New International Version
You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.

New Living Translation
You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops.

English Standard Version
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.

New American Standard Bible
You water its furrows abundantly, You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth.

King James Bible
Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You soften it with showers and bless its growth, soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges.

International Standard Version
You fill the furrows of the field with water so that their ridges overflow. You soften them with rain showers; their sprouts you have blessed.

NET Bible
You saturate its furrows, and soak its plowed ground. With rain showers you soften its soil, and make its crops grow.

New Heart English Bible
You drench its furrows. You level its ridges. You soften it with showers. You bless it with a crop.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have watered its plowed fields to multiply its fruit; with gentle showers you will give increase and you will bless its growth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You drench plowed fields [with rain] and level their clumps of soil. You soften them with showers and bless what grows in them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Watering her ridges abundantly, Settling down the furrows thereof, Thou makest her soft with showers; Thou blessest the growth thereof.

New American Standard 1977
Thou dost water its furrows abundantly;
            Thou dost settle its ridges;
            Thou dost soften it with showers;
            Thou dost bless its growth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou dost water its rows abundantly; thou dost settle its furrows; thou dost make it soft with showers of rain; thou dost bless its sprouting.

King James 2000 Bible
You water its ridges abundantly: you settle its furrows: you make it soft with showers: you bless its growth.

American King James Version
You water the ridges thereof abundantly: you settle the furrows thereof: you make it soft with showers: you bless the springing thereof.

American Standard Version
Thou waterest its furrows abundantly; Thou settlest the ridges thereof: Thou makest it soft with showers; Thou blessest the springing thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fill up plentifully the streams thereof, multiply its fruits; it shall spring up and rejoice in its showers.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou dost satiate its furrows, thou smoothest its clods, thou makest it soft with showers; thou blessest the springing thereof.

English Revised Version
Thou waterest her furrows abundantly; thou settlest the ridges thereof: thou makest it soft with showers; thou blessest the springing thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou waterest the ridges of it abundantly: thou settlest the furrows of it: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing of it.

World English Bible
You drench its furrows. You level its ridges. You soften it with showers. You bless it with a crop.

Young's Literal Translation
Its ridges have been filled, Deepened hath been its furrow, With showers Thou dost soften it, Its springing up Thou blessest.
Study Bible
Praise Waits for You, God, in Zion
9You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it; The stream of God is full of water; You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth. 10You water its furrows abundantly, You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth. 11You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness.…
Cross References
Acts 14:17
Yet He has not left Himself without testimony to His goodness: He gives you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."

Genesis 2:5
Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.

Genesis 27:27
So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said, "See, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed;

Deuteronomy 32:2
"Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb.

Psalm 72:6
May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, Like showers that water the earth.

Psalm 147:8
Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
Treasury of Scripture

You water the ridges thereof abundantly: you settle the furrows thereof: you make it soft with showers: you bless the springing thereof.

settlest the furrows thereof. or, causest rain to descend into the furrows thereof. makest it soft. [heb.] dissolvest it.

blessest

Psalm 147:8 Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, …

1 Corinthians 3:6,7 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase…

(10) Thou waterest . . . settlest.--Better, by watering . . . settling.

Ridges . . . furrows.--These terms would be better transposed since by "settling" (literally, pressing down) is meant the softening of the ridges of earth between the furrows. The LXX. and Vulgate have "multiply its shoots."

Showers.--Literally, multitudes (of drops).

Verse 10. - Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly; rather, the furrows (Hengstenberg, Kay, Cheyne, Revised Version). Thou settlest the furrows thereof; rather, thou smoothest down its ridges. So covering up the grain, and bringing the rough ploughed land to a comparatively smooth surface. Thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. The whole ground being softened with warm showers, the springing of the blade begins under God's blessing. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly,.... Kimchi calls them the eminences of the earth, the little hills, the higher parts of ploughed land; those which lie between furrow and furrow seem to be meant, which being watered with rain become lower, and are made fruitful: these may denote such as are lifted up with their own imaginary purity and righteousness; and who, when the grace of God takes hold upon them, are humbled, and confess themselves the chief of sinners and the least of saints, renounce their own righteousness, and submit to Christ's;

thou settlest the furrows thereof; or "thou causest the rain to descend into the furrows thereof" (p); which fills them, and makes them fruitful; and may design humble souls, whom the Lord fills with his good things, and makes them fruitful in every good work;

thou makest it soft with showers; which through drought is become like iron and brass, and, without large and heavy showers, as the word (q) used signifies, and these repeated, it is so hard, that no impressions can be made upon it, nor anything spring out of it; and such is the hard heart of man, which God only can make soft by the means of his word, through the energy of his Spirit, and the efficacy of his grace; which coming in great abundance, like large showers of rain, removes the hardness of the heart, makes it susceptible of divine impressions, and of receiving the seed of the word, whereby it becomes fruitful;

thou blessest the springing thereof; the tender blade, when it first peeps out of the earth; this the Lord nourishes and cherishes; he preserves it from the nipping frosts, by covering it with snow; he waters it with the dews of heaven, and warms it with the beams of the sun; he causes it to grow, and brings it to perfection: so the Lord takes great notice of the springing and buddings forth of grace, of the first acts and exercises of it in young converts, and takes care of them; and as he will not hurt them himself, nor break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax; so he takes care that others should not; see Sol 6:11; he gives them more grace, and strengthens what they have; causes it to grow, and brings it on to perfection. The word here used is the same by which Christ, the branch, is expressed, Zechariah 3:8; and as the Lord has blessed him with the blessings of goodness, so he blesses all the branches which are in him, John 15:4, Ephesians 1:3.

(p) "descendere facis pluviam in sulcos ejus", Vatablus. (q) "guttis grandioribus", Piscator. 65:6-13 That Almighty strength which sets fast the mountains, upholds the believer. That word which stills the stormy ocean, and speaks it into a calm, can silence our enemies. How contrary soever light and darkness are to each other, it is hard to say which is most welcome. Does the watchman wait for the morning? so does the labourer earnestly desire the shades of evening. Some understand it of the morning and evening sacrifices. We are to look upon daily worship, both alone and with our families, to be the most needful of our daily occupations, the most delightful of our daily comforts. How much the fruitfulness of this lower part of the creation depends upon the influence of the upper, is easy to observe; every good and perfect gift is from above. He who enriches the earth, which is filled with man's sins, by his abundant and varied bounty, can neither want power nor will to feed the souls of his people. Temporal mercies to us unworthy creatures, shadow forth more important blessings. The rising of the Sun of righteousness, and the pouring forth of the influences of the Holy Spirit, that river of God, full of the waters of life and salvation, render the hard, barren, worthless hearts of sinners fruitful in every good work, and change the face of nations more than the sun and rain change the face of nature. Wherever the Lord passes, by his preached gospel, attended by his Holy Spirit, his paths drop fatness, and numbers are taught to rejoice in and praise him. They will descend upon the pastures of the wilderness, all the earth shall hear and embrace the gospel, and bring forth abundantly the fruits of righteousness which are, through Jesus Christ, to the glory of the Father. Manifold and marvellous, O Lord, are thy works, whether of nature or of grace; surely in loving-kindness hast thou made them all.
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