Psalm 66:12
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New International Version
You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.

New Living Translation
Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance.

English Standard Version
you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

New American Standard Bible
You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.

King James Bible
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us out to abundance.

International Standard Version
You caused men to ride over us. You brought us through fire and water, but you led us to abundance.

NET Bible
You allowed men to ride over our heads; we passed through fire and water, but you brought us out into a wide open place.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have made a man to ride over our head; you have brought us into fire and into water, and you have brought us out unto an expanse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You let people ride over our heads. We went through fire and water, but then you brought us out and refreshed us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast placed a man over our head; we went through fire and through water, but thou didst bring us out into abundance.

King James 2000 Bible
You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but you brought us out into a wealthy place.

American King James Version
You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but you brought us out into a wealthy place.

American Standard Version
Thou didst cause men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
thou hast set men over our heads. We have passed through tire and water, and thou hast brought us out into a refreshment.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou didst cause men to ride over our head; we went through fire and through water: but thou hast brought us out into abundance.

English Revised Version
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

World English Bible
You allowed men to ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you brought us to the place of abundance.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast caused man to ride at our head. We have entered into fire and into water, And Thou bringest us out to a watered place.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

66:8-12 The Lord not only preserves our temporal life, but maintains the spiritual life which he has given to believers. By afflictions we are proved, as silver in the fire. The troubles of the church will certainly end well. Through various conflicts and troubles, the slave of Satan escapes from his yoke, and obtains joy and peace in believing: through much tribulation the believer must enter into the kingdom of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads. See the Egyptian and Assyrian sculptures passim, where the king in his chariot gallops over the bodies of his dead and wounded enemies. We went through fire and through water; i.e. through dangers of every kind - a proverbial expression (comp. Isaiah 43:2). But thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place; or, "a place of refreshment" (εἰς ἀναψυχήν, LXX.). Dr. Kay renders, "a place of rich comfort;" Professor Cheyne, "a place of liberty" (comp. Psalm 23:4 and Jeremiah 31:25).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads,.... Jarchi and Kimchi interpret it of the kings and nations of the world ruling over Israel; and may very well design the Heathen powers and antichristian states tyrannizing over Christian people. The word in the original text is singular, "a man" (c), a frail mortal man; and may be understood of the man of sin and son of perdition; who rides upon the heads of men, exalts himself above all that is called God, and has exercised dominion over the saints in a most lawless and tyrannical manner. Vitringa, on Isaiah 43:2 interprets it of Antiochus Epiphanes, who was a type of antichrist, and supposes the following clause to refer to the persecution of the church in his time. The Targum renders it, "a lord of rebuke"; that is, either one worthy of rebuke, as antichrist is; or one that gives rebukes, delivers out anathemas and excommunications, as he does: though some translate the words of the Targum, "lords of usury", or "usurers"; a title not unfit for the creatures of antichrist;

we went through fire and through water; through afflictions, compared to fire and water; through fiery trials and overwhelming providences, though not destroyed by them, because the Lord was with them; see Isaiah 43:2; therefore they are said to go through them, not to abide in them; nor to sink under them, and perish by them: they went cheerfully through them for Christ's sake, even the greatest hardships and difficulties, which this phrase may be expressive of. It may have a particular reference to the sufferings of the saints in Gospel times; to the burning of the martyrs with fire and faggot, who, like Elijah, went up to heaven in a fiery chariot; and to the flood of waters cast out after the woman, the church, by the dragon; see Revelation 1:15;

but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place; the Targum is, into largeness; or into a large place; see Psalm 18:19. This may intend either the state of the church upon the Reformation, or rather as it will be in the latter day glory; when there will be a large spread of the Gospel, and of the interest of Christ, everywhere; when the church will be enlarged with converts, and the members of it with the gifts and graces of the Spirit; and which will be a state of great liberty and freedom in the worship of God, both inward and outward. The Septuagint version renders it, "into refreshment": so the Tigurine version, and Piscator; as those times will be times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, which will be everywhere among his people, in his word and ordinances, and to a great degree; see Acts 3:19. The Arabic version, "unto rest"; from adversity, from persecution; for, after this state takes place, there will be no more persecution; no more fines, imprisonment, racks, and torturing deaths, for the sake of Christ and his Gospel. The word used signifies a well watered place (d) or land; such as was the land of Canaan, Deuteronomy 8:7; and such will be the state of the church in the latter day: the Spirit will be poured down like floods of water upon the dry ground; the doctrines of the Gospel will drop as the rain, and as showers upon the grass: the ordinances of it will be as green pastures beside the still waters; and every believer will be as a watered garden, whose springs fail not; it will be a time of great plenty and prosperity in spiritual things. Ainsworth renders it, "to an abundant place"; so Gejerus: a place abounding with all good things: a "wealthy" one, as we translate it. And even in a literal sense this will be the wealthy time of the church; when kings shall come into it, and bring their riches and honour there, and use them for the good of it, Isaiah 49:23; and then also will the saints be enriched with every gift, and be rich in grace and in all good works.

(c) "hominem", Pagninus, Montanus. (d) "ad irrignam", Pagninus, Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. men to ride over our heads—made us to pass.

through fire, &c.—figures describing prostration and critical dangers (compare Isa 43:2; Eze 36:12).

wealthy—literally, "overflowing," or, "irrigated," and hence fertile.

Psalm 66:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Make a Joyful Shout to God, All the Earth!
11You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. 12You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance. 13I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows,…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:15
If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved--even though only as one escaping through the flames.

Psalm 18:19
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Psalm 60:3
You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger.

Psalm 78:21
When the LORD heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 51:23
I will put it into the hands of your tormentors, who said to you, 'Fall prostrate that we may walk on you.' And you made your back like the ground, like a street to be walked on."
Treasury of Scripture

You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but you brought us out into a wealthy place.

caused

Psalm 129:1-3 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say…

Isaiah 51:23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict you; which have …

through

Isaiah 43:1,2 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

1 Thessalonians 3:3,4 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves …

but thou

Psalm 33:19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Psalm 40:2,3 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, …

Job 36:16 Even so would he have removed you out of the strait into a broad …

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James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience …

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they …

wealthy [heb.] moist

Psalm 107:35-37 He turns the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into springs…

Isaiah 35:6,7 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb …

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