Psalm 68:13
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New International Version
Even while you sleep among the sheep pens, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold."

New Living Translation
Even those who lived among the sheepfolds found treasures--doves with wings of silver and feathers of gold.

English Standard Version
though you men lie among the sheepfolds— the wings of a dove covered with silver, its pinions with shimmering gold.

New American Standard Bible
When you lie down among the sheepfolds, You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And its pinions with glistening gold.

King James Bible
Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
While you lie among the sheepfolds, the wings of a dove are covered with silver, and its feathers with glistening gold.

International Standard Version
When you men lie down among the sheepfolds, you are like the wings of the dove covered with silver, with its feathers in glittering gold."

NET Bible
When you lie down among the sheepfolds, the wings of the dove are covered with silver and with glittering gold.

New Heart English Bible
while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of a dove sheathed with silver, her feathers with shining gold.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you sleep between sharpened stakes- wings of The Dove overlaid in silver and its feathers in refined gold.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Though you stayed among the sheep pens, [you will be like] the wings of a dove covered with silver, its feathers with yellow gold.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When ye lie among the sheepfolds, The wings of the dove are covered with silver, And her pinions with the shimmer of gold.

New American Standard 1977
When you lie down among the sheepfolds,
            You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
            And its pinions with glistening gold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Though ye be cast among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver and her feathers with yellow gold.

King James 2000 Bible
Though you have slept among the sheepfolds, yet shall you be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

American King James Version
Though you have lien among the pots, yet shall you be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

American Standard Version
When ye lie among the sheepfolds, It is as the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her pinions with yellow gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If you sleep among the midst of lots, you shall be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and the hinder parts of her back with the paleness of gold.

Darby Bible Translation
Though ye have lain among the sheepfolds, [ye shall be as] wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with green gold.

English Revised Version
Will ye lie among the sheepfolds, as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her pinions with yellow gold?

Webster's Bible Translation
Though ye have lain among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

World English Bible
while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of a dove sheathed with silver, her feathers with shining gold.

Young's Literal Translation
Though ye do lie between two boundaries, Wings of a dove covered with silver, And her pinions with yellow gold.
Study Bible
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
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. 14When the Almighty scattered the kings there, It was snowing in Zalmon.…
Cross References
Genesis 49:14
"Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between the sheepfolds.

Judges 5:16
"Why did you sit among the sheepfolds, To hear the piping for the flocks? Among the divisions of Reuben There were great searchings of heart.
Treasury of Scripture

Though you have lien among the pots, yet shall you be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

Though. That is, probably, 'Though ye have laboured and lain down between the brick-kilns in Egypt-a poor, enslaved, and oppressed people, yet ye shall gradually rise to dignity, prosperity, and splendour; as a dove, which has been defiled with dirt, disordered, and dejected, by washing herself in a running stream, and trimming her plumage, gradually recovers the serenity of her disposition, the purity of colour, and the richness and varied elegance of her appearance.'

ye have

Psalm 81:6 I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.

Exodus 1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and …

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Corinthians 12:2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, …

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

the wings

Psalm 74:19 O deliver not the soul of your turtledove to the multitude of the …

Psalm 105:37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not …

Psalm 149:4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek …

1 Kings 4:20,21 Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, …

Ezekiel 16:6-14 And when I passed by you, and saw you polluted in your own blood, …

Luke 15:16,22 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine …

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having …

Revelation 1:5,6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

(13, 14) The agreement of the ancient versions in rendering these difficult verses shows that their obscurity does not arise, as in the case of so many passages of the Psalms, from any corruptions in the text, but from the fact that they are an adaptation of some ancient war-song to circumstances to which we have no clue. If we could recover the allusions, the language would probably appear clear enough.

"Why rest ye among the sheepfolds?"

"A dove's wings are (now) covered with silver, and her

feathers with the sheen of gold."

"When the Almighty scattered kings there,

It was snowing on Tsalmon."

Even in our ignorance of these allusions we at once recognise in the first member of this antique verse the scornful inquiry of Judges 5:16, addressed to the inglorious tribe that preferred ease at home to the dangers and discomforts of battle.

The word here rendered "sheepfolds" (in the Authorised Version pots, a meaning which cannot represent the Hebrew word or its cognates in any other place) is cognate to that used in Judges 5:16, and occurs in its present form in Ezekiel 40:43, where the margin renders, "andirons, or two hearthstones." The derivation from to set would allow of its application to any kind of barrier.

Whether Reuben, as in Deborah's song, or Issachar, as in Genesis 49:14, where a cognate word occurs ("burdens"), were the original stay-at-home, does not matter. The interest lies in the covert allusion made by the psalmist in his quotation to some cowardly or recreant party now playing the same disgraceful game.

The next clause, which has caused so much trouble to commentators, appears perfectly intelligible if treated as the answer made to the taunting question, and as simply a note of time:--they stayed at home because all nature was gay and joyous with summer. There is no authority for taking the rich plumage of the dove as emblematic of peace or plenty. The dove appears, indeed, in the Bible as a type, but only, as in all other literature, as a type of love (Song of Solomon 2:14); whereas the appearance of this bird was in Palestine, as that of the swallow with us, a customary mark of time. (See Note, Song of Solomon 2:12; Song of Solomon 2:14.) And a verse of a modern poet shows how naturally its full plumage might indicate the approach of summer:--

"In the spring a lovelier iris changes on the burnished dove."

--TENNYSON: Locksley Hall.

This reply calls forth from the first speaker a rejoinder in companion terms. The inglorious tribe plead summer joys as an excuse for ease. The reply tells of the devotion and ardour of those who, even amid the rigour of an exceptional winter, took up arms for their country: When the AImighty scattered kings there, it was snowing on Tsalmon. (For the geography of Tsalmon, see Judges 9:48.) Whether intentionally or not, the sense of the severity of the snowstorm--rare in Palestinian winters--is heightened by the contrast implied in the name "Dark" or "Shadow Hill."

The peculiarity of the position of the locative there (literally, in it), coming before the mention of the locality itself, is illustrated by Isaiah 8:21.

Verse 13. - Though ye have lien among the pots; rather, Will ye lie down among the sheepfolds? Will ye, O ye laggarts of Israel, like the Reubenites in the war against Sisera, instead of going out to war with your brethren, "abide among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks" (see Judges 5:16)? Yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold. It is certainly wrong to supply, yet shall ye be before as the wings of a dove." There can be no promise of good made to these laggarts. Probably the meaning is, "Will ye be," or "Will ye seek to be as the wings of a dove, covered with silver, and her feathers of yellow gold?" i.e. Will ye abide in your prosperity and your riches, decked in gorgeous apparel, resplendent with silver and gold, while your brethren are bearing the brunt of battle, with all its ghastly sights and sounds, in your and the land's defence? Though ye have lain among the pots,.... Kimchi takes these words to be the words of the women, or of the psalmist addressing the Israelites going out to war; that though they should lie in a low, dark, and disagreeable place, in the camp, in the open field, exposed to wind and weather; yet they should be fair and beautiful, and be loaded with gold and silver, the spoil of the enemy. But Fortunatus Scacchus (z) refers them, much better, to the encampment of the Israelites in their tents, and to the disposition and order of their army going to battle: the body of the army in the middle, and the two wings, right and left, on each side; whose glittering armour of gold and brass, the rays of the sun striking on them, are fitly resembled by the colours on the wings and back of a dove. Another learned writer (a) thinks they are an address to the wings of the dove; that is, to the dove itself, meaning the Holy Spirit, expostulating with him how long he would dwell within the limits and borders of the land of Canaan; which was not long after the ascension of Christ, for soon was the gift of the Holy Ghost poured down upon the Gentiles, But rather they are an address to the people of Israel; intimating, that though they had been in adversity, and their lives had been made bitter with hard bondage, in mortar and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field; and had lain among the brick kilns and furnaces when in Egypt; and in the times of the Judges had suffered much from their neighbours, by whom they were frequently carried captive; and had been in affliction in the times of Saul; yet now in prosperous circumstances in the times of David, who had conquered their enemies, and enlarged their dominions, and restored peace; and especially would be more so in the days of Solomon, when they enjoyed great plenty and prosperity, and silver was made to be as the stones of the street. Though it is best of all to apply the words to the church and people of God in Gospel times; and they may describe their state and condition by nature and by grace, in adversity and in prosperity: the former in this clause, in which there is an allusion to scullions, or such as lie among coppers and furnaces, and are black and sooty; and so it describes the Lord's people before conversion, who are black with original sin and actual transgressions; who being transgressors from the womb, and as long as they live and walk in sin, and have their conversation with the men of the world, may be said to lie among the pots: and this may also be expressive of the church of Christ being in adversity, and black with the sun of persecution smiting her; and she might be said to lie among the pots while the ten Heathen persecutions lasted, and also in the reign of antichrist; during which time the church is in the wilderness, and the witnesses prophesy in sackcloth;

yet shall they be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold: alluding to the white silver colour of some doves. Such were the white doves Charon of Lampsacum speaks of (b), seen about Athos, which were like the white crow Ovid calls (c) the silver fowl with snowy wings: and also it may be to the time when they become of a golden colour, at which time they are fit for sacrifice, as the Jews (d) observe; or to the different appearances of them, according as the rays of light and of the sun differently fall upon them. So the philosopher (e) observes, that the necks of doves appear of a golden colour by the refraction of light. And this describes the saints and people of God as they are by grace. They are comparable to the dove on many accounts: like doves of the valleys, everyone of them mourn for their iniquities; like the trembling and fearful dove, tremble at the apprehensions of divine wrath, and judgment to come under first convictions; and are fearful of their enemies, and of their own state; are humble, modest, and meek; think the worst of themselves, and the best of others; flee to Christ for refuge, and to ordinances for refreshment; are chaste and affectionate to Christ, and harmless and inoffensive in their lives and conversations, Ezekiel 7:16. Being "as the wings of a dove covered with silver" may denote the purity of doctrine held by them; the words of the Lord being as silver purified seven times, Psalm 12:6; and the preciousness and sincerity of their faith, by which they mount up with wings as eagles; and the holiness of their conversation, being as becomes the Gospel of Christ: and being as the "feathers" of a dove covered "with yellow gold" may denote their being adorned with the graces of the Spirit, as faith, hope, and love; which are more precious than gold that perisheth, and are called chains of gold, Sol 1:10; see 1 Peter 1:7; or their being clothed with the righteousness of Christ, signified by gold of Ophir, and clothing of wrought gold, Psalm 45:9; or their being enriched with the unsearchable, solid, substantial, and durable riches of Christ, Revelation 3:18. And both may describe also the prosperous estates of the church, either in the first ages of Christianity, when she was clothed with the sun, and had a crown of twelve stars on her head, Revelation 12:1; or in the latter day, when her light will be come, and the glory of the Lord will rise upon her; when her stones will be laid with fair colours, and her foundations with sapphires; when she shall, have the glory of God upon her, and be as a bride adorned for her husband, Isaiah 60:1.

(z) Elaeochrism. Sacr. l. 3. c. 24. (a) Gusset. Comment. Heb. p. 884. (b) Apud Aelian. Var. Hist. l. 1. c. 15. (c) Metamorph. l. 2. Fab. 7. (d) Maimon. Issure Mizbeach, c. 3. s. 2.((e) Aristotel. de Color. c. 3. Vid. Lucret. l. 2. v. 800. 13. Some translate this, "When ye shall lie between the borders, ye shall," etc., comparing the peaceful rest in the borders or limits of the promised land to the proverbial beauty of a gentle dove. Others understand by the word rendered "pots," the smoked sides of caves, in which the Israelites took refuge from enemies in the times of the judges; or, taking the whole figuratively, the rows of stones on which cooking vessels were hung; and thus that a contrast is drawn between their former low and afflicted state and their succeeding prosperity. In either case, a state of quiet and peace is described by a beautiful figure.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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