Psalm 68:21
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New International Version
Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.

New Living Translation
But God will smash the heads of his enemies, crushing the skulls of those who love their guilty ways.

English Standard Version
But God will strike the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.

New American Standard Bible
Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.

King James Bible
But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely God crushes the heads of His enemies, the hairy head of one who goes on in his guilty acts.

International Standard Version
God surely strikes the heads of his enemies, even the hairy heads of those who continue in their guilt.

NET Bible
Indeed God strikes the heads of his enemies, the hairy foreheads of those who persist in rebellion.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But God will cut off the head of his enemies and the hairy scalp of those who walk in their sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, God will crush the heads of his enemies [and destroy even] the hair on the heads of those who continue to be guilty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely God shall smite the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one as goes on still in his trespasses.

King James 2000 Bible
But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one as goes on still in his trespasses.

American King James Version
But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goes on still in his trespasses.

American Standard Version
But God will smite through the head of his enemies, The hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his guiltiness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But God shall break the heads of his enemies: the hairy crown of them that walk on in their sins.

Darby Bible Translation
Verily God will smite the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp of him that goeth on still in his trespasses.

English Revised Version
But God shall smite through the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his guiltiness.

Webster's Bible Translation
But God will wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

World English Bible
But God will strike through the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp of such a one as still continues in his guiltiness.

Young's Literal Translation
Only -- God doth smite The head of His enemies, The hairy crown of a habitual walker in his guilt.
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 21. - But God shall wound the head of his enemies; or, "yet surely God will smite," etc. Though he gives escape from death, yet he will not do so always. On the contrary, he will assuredly smite and destroy his enemies, wounding them where a wound is fatal. And the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his trespasses. "The hairy scalp," says Dr. Kay, "points almost certainly to Absalom." Others take it as merely indicating the young and strong.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But God shall wound the head of his enemies,.... Him who is the chief of his enemies, even Satan the prince of devils, the god of the world, the father of the wicked Jews, all enemies of Christ; to "wound" is the same as to bruise him, as in Genesis 3:15; and so the Targum here,

"but God shall break the head of his enemies;''

disappoint his schemes, blast his designs, crush his power and authority, demolish his empire, and eternally destroy him with the fire prepared for him and his angels; and the same may be applied to the man of sin, and all other enemies of Christ, who is the divine Person here, and all along, spoken of; see Psalm 110:6;

and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses; by whom may be meant antichrist: Jarchi interprets it of Esau, who was an hairy man, and a figure of antichrist: and his hairy scalp may denote his fierceness and cruelty, appearing like a savage beast, drinking the blood of the saints; and like a thief and a robber, who used to let their hair grow long, shagged, and entangled, to strike terror into men they met with, Job 5:5; and also his pride and haughtiness; he exalting himself above all that is called God, and opening his mouth in blasphemy against him: and likewise it signifies his great power and authority, he having people, kingdoms, and nations, depending upon him, as hair on the head, and subject to him: and of him it may be truly said, that he "goes on still in his trespasses"; in tyranny, idolatry, superstition, and will worship; taking no notice of what God says by his witnesses, nor any warning by what the eastern empire suffered by the Turks and Saracens; so as to repent of the works of his hands, of worshipping idols of gold, silver, brass, and wood; nor of his murders, sorceries, fornications, and thefts; but still persisting in them, until his, and the sins of his followers, reach to heaven, Revelation 9:20; but the God-man, Christ Jesus, will give him a deadly wound, of which he shall never be healed: this also holds true of all that persist in a sinful course of life without repentance; who are workers of iniquity, whose lives are one continued series of sinning; these will be punished by Christ with everlasting destruction.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. wound the head—or, "violently destroy" (Nu 24:8; Ps 110:6).

goeth on still in … trespasses—perseveringly impenitent.

Psalm 68:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
20God is to us a God of deliverances; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death. 21Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds. 22The Lord said, "I will bring them back from Bashan. I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;…
Cross References
Psalm 110:6
He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

Amos 9:1
I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said: "Strike the tops of the pillars so that the thresholds shake. Bring them down on the heads of all the people; those who are left I will kill with the sword. Not one will get away, none will escape.

Habakkuk 3:13
You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot.
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