Psalm 65:12
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New International Version
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.

New Living Translation
The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy.

English Standard Version
The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,

New American Standard Bible
The pastures of the wilderness drip, And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.

King James Bible
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wilderness pastures overflow, and the hills are robed with joy.

International Standard Version
The wilderness pastures drip with dew, and the hills wrap themselves with joy.

NET Bible
The pastures in the wilderness glisten with moisture, and the hills are clothed with joy.

New Heart English Bible
The wilderness grasslands overflow. The hills are clothed with gladness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they will be satisfied from the pastures of the wilderness and the hills will be girded in glory

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The pastures in the desert overflow [with richness]. The hills are surrounded with joy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The pastures of the wilderness do drop; And the hills are girded with joy.

New American Standard 1977
The pastures of the wilderness drip,
            And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They fall upon the habitations of the wilderness; and the hills gird themselves with happiness.

King James 2000 Bible
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

American King James Version
They drop on the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

American Standard Version
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness; And the hills are girded with joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beautiful places of the wilderness shall grow fat: and the hills shall be girded about with joy,

Darby Bible Translation
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness, and the hills are girded with gladness.

English Revised Version
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the hills are girded with joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

World English Bible
The wilderness grasslands overflow. The hills are clothed with gladness.

Young's Literal Translation
Drop do the pastures of a wilderness, And joy of the heights Thou girdest on.
Study Bible
Praise Waits for You, God, in Zion
11You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness. 12The pastures of the wilderness drip, And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing. 13The meadows are clothed with flocks And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing.…
Cross References
Job 38:26
To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,

Job 38:27
To satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?

Psalm 98:8
Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy

Isaiah 55:12
"For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Joel 2:22
Do not fear, beasts of the field, For the pastures of the wilderness have turned green, For the tree has borne its fruit, The fig tree and the vine have yielded in full.
Treasury of Scripture

They drop on the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

drop

Psalm 104:10-13 He sends the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills…

Job 38:26,27 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, …

rejoice [heb.] are girded with joy

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Isaiah 55:9-13 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher …

Isaiah 61:10,11 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my …

(12) They drop upon.--Supply "fatness" from the last verse.

And the little hills.--See margin. The freshness and beauty of plant life, which suddenly, as by a miracle, in Eastern lands clothes the hill-sides, resembles a fair mantle thrown round their shoulders, as if to deck them for some festival.

Verse 12. - They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness; rather, the pastures of the wilderness drip with it; i.e. with the "fatness" which is shed from God's presence. And the little hills rejoice on every side; literally, are girded with joy. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness,.... As well as upon the ploughed land, and turn them into a fruitful field; which may denote the Gentile world, whither the Gospel was sent by Christ, and preached by his apostles; and whose doctrines dropped as the rain, and prospered to the thing whereunto they were sent, and made this wilderness as the garden of God;

and the little hills rejoice on every side; or "joy girds the hills"; or "they are girded with joy" (r); or "gird themselves with joy", as the Targum; being covered on all sides with grass, herbs, and trees: these may denote the churches of Christ, and little hills of Sion, who rejoice when the interest of Christ flourishes, Psalm 68:14.

(r) "collesque exultatione accinguntur", Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Ainsworth; "accinxerunt se", Pagninus; "accingent se", Montanus. 12. wilderness—places, though not inhabited by men, fit for pasture (Le 16:21, 22; Job 24:5).

pastures—is literally, "folds," or "enclosures for flocks"; and in Ps 65:13 it may be "lambs," the same word used and so translated in Ps 37:20; so that "the flocks are clothed with lambs" (a figure for abundant increase) would be the form of expression. 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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