Psalm 68:16
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New International Version
why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?

New Living Translation
Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountains, at Mount Zion, where God has chosen to live, where the LORD himself will live forever?

English Standard Version
Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God desired for his abode, yes, where the LORD will dwell forever?

New American Standard Bible
Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks, At the mountain which God has desired for His abode? Surely the LORD will dwell there forever.

King James Bible
Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why gaze with envy, you mountain peaks, at the mountain God desired for His dwelling? The LORD will live there forever!

International Standard Version
You mountains of many peaks, why do you watch with envy the mountain in which God has chosen to dwell? Indeed, the LORD will live there forever.

NET Bible
Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks, at the mountain where God has decided to live? Indeed the LORD will live there permanently!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What do you seek in the ridged mountains? The mountain that God has chosen for himself to dwell in, Lord Jehovah will dwell in it to eternity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why do you look with envy, you mountains with many peaks, at the mountain where God has chosen to live? Certainly, the LORD will live there forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why leap ye, ye high mountains? This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
Why leap you, you high hills? this is the hill which God desires to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it forever.

American King James Version
Why leap you, you high hills? this is the hill which God desires to dwell in; yes, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

American Standard Version
Why look ye askance, ye high mountains, At the mountain which God hath desired for his abode? Yea, Jehovah will dwell in it for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why suspect, ye curdled mountains? A mountain in which God is well pleased to dwell: for there the Lord shall dwell unto the end.

Darby Bible Translation
Why do ye look with envy, ye many-peaked mountains, upon the mount that God hath desired for his abode? yea, Jehovah will dwell [there] for ever.

English Revised Version
Why look ye askance, ye high mountains, at the mountain which God hath desired for his abode? yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
Why leap ye, ye lofty hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yes, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

World English Bible
Why do you look in envy, you rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign? Yes, Yahweh will dwell there forever.

Young's Literal Translation
Why do ye envy, O high hills, The hill God hath desired for His seat? Jehovah also doth tabernacle for ever.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

68:15-21 The ascension of Christ must here be meant, and thereto it is applied, Eph 4:8. He received as the purchase of his death, the gifts needful for the conversion of sinners, and the salvation of believers. These he continually bestows, even on rebellious men, that the Lord God might dwell among them, as their Friend and Father. He gave gifts to men. Having received power to give eternal life, the Lord Jesus bestows it on as many as were given him, Joh 17:2. Christ came to a rebellious world, not to condemn it, but that through him it might be saved. The glory of Zion's King is, that he is a Saviour and Benefactor to all his willing people, and a consuming fire to all that persist in rebellion against him. So many, so weighty are the gifts of God's bounty, that he may be truly said to load us with them. He will not put us off with present things for a portion, but will be the God of our salvation. The Lord Jesus has authority and power to rescue his people from the dominion of death, by taking away the sting of it from them when they die, and giving them complete victory over it when they rise again. The crown of the head, the chief pride and glory of the enemy, shall be smitten; Christ shall crush the head of the serpent.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Why leap ye, ye high hills? rather, Why look ye askance, ye mountains of peaks? In jealousy at not being chosen. This is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; rather, on the mountain which God desireth to dwell in - a continuation of the preceding sentence. The mountain intended is, of course, Mount Zion, a comparatively low elevation. Yea, the Lord will dwell in it forever; i.e. make it his permanent, not merely his temporary, habitation, like Sinai.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Why leap ye, ye high hills?.... Meaning the kingdoms of this world that lift up themselves above, and look with contempt upon the interest, kingdom, and church of Christ; lie in wait for it, leap upon it, insult over it, and endeavour to crush and extirpate it; but all in vain; these high hills and mountains are nothing before Zerubbabel King of saints; his church is built on a rock, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it; the little stone cut out of the mountain without hands will become a great mountain, and fill the whole earth, and break in pieces and consume the kingdoms of it: the word in, the Arabic language, signifies "to lie in wait", as Jarchi from R. Moses Hadarsan observes; and to look out, and leap upon the prey; so R. Hai in Ben Melech says, it has the signification of looking, observing, hoping, or waiting, in the Arable language (k);

this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; as in Psalm 132:13; the Word of the Lord, as the Targum; the essential Word, the Messiah: his desire was towards his church and people, in eternity, in time, and now is; he has chosen and desired them for his habitation, and in the midst of them he delights to be, Revelation 1:13;

yea, the Lord will dwell in it for ever: he dwells in his church now by his gracious presence; he will dwell in the New Jerusalem church state personally for the space of a thousand years; and after that he will dwell with and among his people to all eternity; see Psalm 132:14.

(k) "Ratzad, insidiatus fuit, uti praedae leo", Golius, col. 991. Castel. col. 3633.



Psalm 68:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
15A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan. 16Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks, At the mountain which God has desired for His abode? Surely the LORD will dwell there forever. 17The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:17
You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance-- the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

Deuteronomy 12:5
But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go;

Psalm 74:2
Remember the nation you purchased long ago, the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed-- Mount Zion, where you dwelt.

Psalm 78:54
And so he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken.

Psalm 87:1
Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song. He has founded his city on the holy mountain.

Psalm 87:2
The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

Psalm 132:13
For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,

Psalm 132:14
"This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
Treasury of Scripture

Why leap you, you high hills? this is the hill which God desires to dwell in; yes, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

Why

Psalm 114:4,6 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs…

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

the hill

Psalm 132:13,14 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation…

Deuteronomy 12:5,11 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all …

1 Kings 9:3 And the LORD said to him, I have heard your prayer and your supplication, …

Hebrews 12:22,23 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, …

Revelation 21:2,3 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God …

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