Psalm 68:25
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New International Version
In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the young women playing the timbrels.

New Living Translation
Singers are in front, musicians behind; between them are young women playing tambourines.

English Standard Version
the singers in front, the musicians last, between them virgins playing tambourines:

New American Standard Bible
The singers went on, the musicians after them, In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines.

King James Bible
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Singers lead the way, with musicians following; among them are young women playing tambourines.

International Standard Version
The singers are in front, the musicians follow, strumming their stringed instruments among the maidens who are playing their tambourines.

NET Bible
Singers walk in front; musicians follow playing their stringed instruments, in the midst of young women playing tambourines.

New Heart English Bible
The singers went before, the minstrels followed after, in the midst of the ladies playing with tambourines,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Princes went before; after were the singers among the young girls striking on tambourines.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The singers are in front. The musicians are behind them. The young women beating tambourines are between them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The singers go before, the minstrels follow after, In the midst of damsels playing upon timbrels.

New American Standard 1977
The singers went on, the musicians after them,
            In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; in between them were the virgins playing with timbrels.

King James 2000 Bible
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

American King James Version
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with tambourines.

American Standard Version
The singers went before, the minstrels followed after, In the midst of the damsels playing with timbrels.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Princes went before joined with singers, in the midst of young damsels playing on timbrels.

Darby Bible Translation
The singers went before, the players on stringed instruments after, in the midst of maidens playing on tabrets.

English Revised Version
The singers went before, the minstrels followed after, in the midst of the damsels playing with timbrels.

Webster's Bible Translation
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

World English Bible
The singers went before, the minstrels followed after, in the midst of the ladies playing with tambourines,

Young's Literal Translation
Singers have been before, Behind are players on instruments, In the midst virgins playing with timbrels.
Study Bible
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
24They have seen Your procession, O God, The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary. 25The singers went on, the musicians after them, In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines. 26Bless God in the congregations, Even the LORD, you who are of the fountain of Israel.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:20
Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing.

Judges 11:34
When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, behold, his daughter was coming out to meet him with tambourines and with dancing. Now she was his one and only child; besides her he had no son or daughter.

1 Samuel 18:6
It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments.

1 Chronicles 13:8
David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals and with trumpets.

1 Chronicles 15:6
of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and 220 of his relatives;

Psalm 47:6
Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises.

Psalm 87:7
Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, "All my springs of joy are in you."
Treasury of Scripture

The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with tambourines.

the players

Psalm 87:7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: …

Psalm 150:3-5 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery …

Revelation 14:2,3 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and …

Revelation 15:2,3 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that …

among

Psalm 148:12,13 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children…

Exodus 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand…

Judges 11:34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh to his house, and, behold, his daughter …

1 Samuel 18:6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the …

Jeremiah 31:4,13 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel: …

(25) Players--i.e., harpers.

Playing with timbrels.--Or, beating the tambourine. For this instrument (Heb., tph) see Exodus 15:20, and comp. Judges 11:34.

Verse 25. - The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after (comp. 2 Samuel 6:15; 1 Chronicles 15:16-28). In Assyrian musical processions the players on instruments precede the singers ('Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 1, p. 542). Among them were the damsels playing with timbrels; rather, in the midst of the damsels, etc. The damsels are represented, not as intermixed with the (male) singers and players on instruments, but as encircling them. (On the use of "timbrels" (tambourines) by Israelite maidens, see Exodus 15:20; Judges 11:34.) The singers went before,.... The apostles and ministers of the word, the sweet singers of Israel, the charmers that charm so very wisely: the Gospel is a joyful sound; it is like vocal music, harmonious and delightful; it is as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, as Ezekiel's ministry was, Ezekiel 33:32; it is a voice of love, grace, and mercy, of peace, pardon, and righteousness, and of eternal life and salvation by Christ; it is as music in the ears of sensible souls, when sounded forth, and sung out clearly and distinctly by the faithful ministers of it. The allusion seems to be to singers going before armies, when marching to battle, or returning with victory; see 2 Chronicles 20:21;

the players on instruments followed after; so the sweet strains of the Gospel, the melodious notes and distinguishing sounds of it, as well as the praises of God's people, are, in the New Testament, signified by harps, and men's playing upon them, Revelation 5:8;

amongst them were the damsels playing with timbrels; or "in the midst of the virgins playing with timbrels" (u); or "beating on tabrets"; as women used to do when they met their kings returning from the conquest of their enemies; see 1 Samuel 18:6; these may be the pure and primitive churches of Christ, and the members thereof, rejoicing at the preaching of the Gospel, and praising God for the blessings of grace in it; in the midst of which the ministers of the word sung the new song of Gospel truths: and who may be compared to damsels or virgins for their beauty and comeliness through Christ; for their relation to him, being betrothed unto him; and for their strong and chaste affection for him; for their uncorruptness in doctrine and worship, and their uprightness in their lives and conversation, Revelation 14:4; the allusion may be to Miriam and the women with her at the Red sea, Exodus 15:20; and the Targum interprets the whole verse of Moses and Aaron singing at the Red sea, and of Miriam and the women playing with timbrels.

(u) "in medio puellarum", Pagninus, Montanus; "inter puellas", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Cocceius, Gejerus. 68:22-28 The victories with which God blessed David over the enemies of Israel, are types of Christ's victory, for himself and for all believers. Those who take him for theirs, may see him acting as their God, as their King, for their good, and in answer to their prayers; especially in and by his word and ordinances. The kingdom of the Messiah shall be submitted to by all the rulers and learned in the world. The people seem to address the king, ver. 28. But the words are applicable to the Redeemer, to his church, and every true believer. We pray, that thou, O God the Son, wilt complete thine undertaking for us, by finishing thy good work in us.
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