Psalm 68:2
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New International Version
May you blow them away like smoke-- as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.

New Living Translation
Blow them away like smoke. Melt them like wax in a fire. Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.

English Standard Version
As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God!

New American Standard Bible
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish before God.

King James Bible
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As smoke is blown away, so You blow them away. As wax melts before the fire, so the wicked are destroyed before God.

International Standard Version
As smoke is driven away, so you drive them away. As wax melts in the presence of fire, so the wicked die in the presence of God.

NET Bible
As smoke is driven away by the wind, so you drive them away. As wax melts before fire, so the wicked are destroyed before God.

New Heart English Bible
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away. As wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they will vanish like smoke vanishes, and as wax is melted before fire, the wicked shall be destroyed from before God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blow them away like smoke. Let wicked people melt in God's presence like wax next to a fire.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melteth before the fire, So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

New American Standard 1977
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
            As wax melts before the fire,
            So let the wicked perish before God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As smoke is driven away; so drive them away: as wax melts before the fire, so shall the wicked perish at the presence of God.

King James 2000 Bible
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

American King James Version
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

American Standard Version
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: As wax melteth before the fire, So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Darby Bible Translation
As smoke is driven, thou wilt drive them away; as wax melteth before the fire, the wicked shall perish at the presence of God.

English Revised Version
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

World English Bible
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away. As wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Young's Literal Translation
As the driving away of smoke Thou drivest away, As the melting of wax before fire, The wicked perish at the presence of God.
Study Bible
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song. Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Him flee before Him. 2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish before God. 3But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.…
Cross References
Numbers 10:35
Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said, "Rise up, O LORD! And let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You."

Judges 5:31
"Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD; But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might." And the land was undisturbed for forty years.

Psalm 9:3
When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You.

Psalm 22:14
I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.

Psalm 37:20
But the wicked will perish; And the enemies of the LORD will be like the glory of the pastures, They vanish-- like smoke they vanish away.

Psalm 80:16
It is burned with fire, it is cut down; They perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.

Psalm 97:5
The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Isaiah 9:18
For wickedness burns like a fire; It consumes briars and thorns; It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame And they roll upward in a column of smoke.

Jeremiah 46:15
"Why have your mighty ones become prostrate? They do not stand because the LORD has thrust them down.

Hosea 13:3
Therefore they will be like the morning cloud And like dew which soon disappears, Like chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor And like smoke from a chimney.
Treasury of Scripture

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

As smoke

Psalm 37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be …

Isaiah 9:18 For wickedness burns as the fire: it shall devour the briers and …

Hosea 13:3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as the early dew …

as wax

Psalm 97:5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence …

Isaiah 64:2 As when the melting fire burns, the fire causes the waters to boil, …

Micah 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall …

in the presence

Psalm 76:7 You, even you, are to be feared: and who may stand in your sight …

Psalm 80:16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke …

Nahum 1:5,6 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is …

2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

Revelation 6:16,17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from …

(2) Smoke.--The figure of the vanishing smoke has occurred before (see Psalm 37:20); for that of the melting wax see Psalm 97:5. Both figures are too obvious to need reference to the cloud and fire of the ancient encampment.

Verse 2. - As smoke is driven away, so drive them away. As clouds of smoke are dispersed and driven away by the wind, and totally disappear, so let God, whenever his enemies congregate, scatter and disperse them, and reduce them to nothingness. As wax melteth before the firs, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. As smoke vanishes, so wax entirely melts away and disappears before a hot fire (comp. Psalm 22:14; Psalm 97:5). As smoke is driven away, so drive them away,.... This both describes the character of wicked men, Christ's enemies; as their darkness and ignorance, their will worship and superstition, and their detestableness to God, Revelation 9:2; and the manner of their destruction; which is as easily brought about as smoke is driven by the wind, and is as irretrievable, like smoke that vanisheth into air (o); see Psalm 37:20;

as wax melteth before fire; whereby its consistency, form, and strength, are lost. Respect may be had, both in this and the foregoing metaphor, to the fire of, divine wrath, and the smoke of eternal torments; since it follows:

so let the wicked perish at the presence of God; the appearance of Christ, either in his awful dispensation against the Jews, or in the last judgment; when the wicked shall not be able to stand before his face, but shall call to the rocks and mountains to hide them from him; and when they shall be bid to depart from him, and shall be punished with everlasting destruction in soul and body, from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of his power.

(o) "----et tenues fugit, ceu fumus in auras". Virgil. Aeneid. 5. prope finem. 68:1-6 None ever hardened his heart against God, and prospered. God is the joy of his people, then let them rejoice when they come before him. He who derives his being from none, but gives being to all, is engaged by promise and covenant to bless his people. He is to be praised as a God of mercy and tender compassion. He ever careth for the afflicted and oppressed: repenting sinners, who are helpless and exposed more than any fatherless children, are admitted into his family, and share all their blessings.
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