Psalm 68:12
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New International Version
"Kings and armies flee in haste; the women at home divide the plunder.

New Living Translation
Enemy kings and their armies flee, while the women of Israel divide the plunder.

English Standard Version
“The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!” The women at home divide the spoil—

New American Standard Bible
"Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!"

King James Bible
Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The kings of the armies flee--they flee!" She who stays at home divides the spoil.

International Standard Version
"Kings of armies retreat and flee, while the lady of the house divides the spoil.

NET Bible
Kings leading armies run away--they run away! The lovely lady of the house divides up the loot.

New Heart English Bible
"Kings of armies flee. They flee." She who waits at home divides the spoil,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Kings of armies will assemble and the favored ones of your house will divide the spoil

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[They say,] "The kings of the armies flee; they run away. The women who remained at home will divide the goods.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Kings of armies flee, they flee; And she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.

New American Standard 1977
“Kings of armies flee, they flee,
            And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Kings of armies fled apace, and she that dwells in the house divided the spoil.

King James 2000 Bible
Kings of armies did flee in haste: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

American King James Version
Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

American Standard Version
Kings of armies flee, they flee; And she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The king of powers is of the beloved, of the beloved; and the beauty of the house shall divide spoils.

Darby Bible Translation
Kings of armies flee; they flee, and she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.

English Revised Version
Kings of armies flee, they flee: and she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Kings of armies fled apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

World English Bible
"Kings of armies flee! They flee!" She who waits at home divides the spoil,

Young's Literal Translation
Kings of hosts flee utterly away, And a female inhabitant of the house apportioneth spoil.
Study Bible
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
11The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host: 12"Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!" 13When you lie down among the sheepfolds, You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And its pinions with glistening gold.…
Cross References
Joshua 10:16
Now these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in the cave at Makkedah.

Judges 5:19
"The kings came and fought; Then fought the kings of Canaan At Taanach near the waters of Megiddo; They took no plunder in silver.

Judges 5:30
'Are they not finding, are they not dividing the spoil? A maiden, two maidens for every warrior; To Sisera a spoil of dyed work, A spoil of dyed work embroidered, Dyed work of double embroidery on the neck of the spoiler?'

1 Samuel 30:24
"And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike."

Psalm 135:11
Sihon, king of the Amorites, And Og, king of Bashan, And all the kingdoms of Canaan;
Treasury of Scripture

Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

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Exodus 14:25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drove them heavily: …

Numbers 31:8,9,54 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were …

Joshua 10:16,42 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah…

Joshua 12:7,8 And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children …

Judges 5:19 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach …

Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, …

Revelation 19:17-20 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud …

did flee apace [heb.] did flee, did flee
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Numbers 31:27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war …

1 Samuel 30:24 For who will listen to you in this matter? but as his part is that …

(12) Kings of armies did flee apace.--Better, Kings of armies flee, flee. This and the two next verses wear the air of being a fragment of those ancient battle-songs sung by the women after the defeat of the foe. The fact that they have thus been torn from their original context accounts for the great obscurity which hangs over them.

And she that tarried . . .--i.e., the woman keeping the house; so the Hebrew. (Comp. Judges 5:24, "Women of the tent;" and the fond anticipations of Sisera's mother, Psalm 68:29.) So the Greeks called the mistress of the house ????????. (Eur. Herc. Fur. 45.)

Though this sense thus gives a general description of war, and the women waiting eagerly for the victorious home-coming is a picture true to life, yet the next verse indicates that we must suppose a latent reference to some tribe or party who shirked the dangers of battle, and played the part of the stay-at-home.

Verse 12. - Kings of armies did flee apace; literally, did flee - did flee; i.e. fled repeatedly before Israel (see Joshua 8:19-22; Joshua 10:19, 20; Joshua 11:8, 9; Judges 3:10, 29; Judges 4:14-16; Judges 7:19-25; Judges 8:11, 12; Judges 11:29-33; Judges 15:14-16; 1 Samuel 7:10, 11; 1 Samuel 11:11; 1 Samuel 14:47, 48; 1 Samuel 15:7, 8; 1 Samuel 17:52; 2 Samuel 5:17-25; 2 Samuel 8:1, 2, 4, 5, 13; 2 Samuel 10:6-18, etc.). And she that tarried at home divided the spoil. The wives of the conquerors shared in the spoil when it was brought home (Judges 5:28-30). Kings of armies did flee apace,.... Or "they fled, they fled" (y); or "they flee, they flee". This is either the subject matter of the word "published", the words of the publishers so saying; or the effect of the publication of the Gospel: for though some, by these kings of armies, understand the apostles either fleeing from place to place because of persecution, or running to and fro, as they interpret the words, to spread the Gospel; yet they rather intend the enemies of the Gospel, and the chief of them that opposed themselves to it; namely, Roman emperors and kings, and who fled before it; particularly at the time of the downfall of Paganism, when they fled to the mountains and hills, and called upon them to hide them from Christ, Revelation 6:15;

and she that tarried at home divided the spoil; the church, compared to a woman that keeps at home, Titus 2:5, who shared in the spoils token out of the hands of Satan, and from among the Gentiles, even converted souls, brought unto her. What is promised to Christ, Isaiah 53:12; is said of the church; she being made more than a conqueror through him, and sharing in all his victories and spoils. It denotes the certain and easy success of the Gospel ministry, attended with a divine power, and the advantages thereof to the church of Christ; this was particularly true of the church in the times of Constantine.

(y) "fugiebant, fugiebant", Pagninus, Montanus; "fugerunt, fugerunt", Tigurine version, Musculus. 12. Kings of armies—that is, with their armies.

she that … at home—Mostly women so remained, and the ease of victory appears in that such, without danger, quietly enjoyed the spoils.68:7-14 Fresh mercies should put us in mind of former mercies. If God bring his people into a wilderness, he will be sure to go before them in it, and to bring them out of it. He provided for them, both in the wilderness and in Canaan. The daily manna seems here meant. And it looks to the spiritual provision for God's Israel. The Spirit of grace and the gospel of grace are the plentiful rain, with which God confirms his inheritance, and from which their fruit is found. Christ shall come as showers that water the earth. The account of Israel's victories is to be applied to the victories over death and hell, by the exalted Redeemer, for those that are his. Israel in Egypt among the kilns appeared wretched, but possessed of Canaan, during the reigns of David and Solomon, appeared glorious. Thus the slaves of Satan, when converted to Christ, when justified and sanctified by him, look honourable. When they reach heaven, all remains of their sinful state disappear, they shall be as the wings of the dove, covered with silver, and her feathers as gold. Full salvation will render those white as snow, who were vile and loathsome through the guilt and defilement of sin.
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