Psalm 68:31
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New International Version
Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush will submit herself to God.

New Living Translation
Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metals; let Ethiopia bow in submission to God.

English Standard Version
Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.

New American Standard Bible
Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

King James Bible
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ambassadors will come from Egypt; Cush will stretch out its hands to God.

International Standard Version
Envoys will come from Egypt. Let the Ethiopians stretch out their hands to God.

NET Bible
They come with red cloth from Egypt, Ethiopia voluntarily offers tribute to God.

New Heart English Bible
Envoys shall come out of Egypt. Ethiopia shall hurry to stretch out her hands to God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Ambassadors will come from Egypt and Cush will yield the hand to God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ambassadors will come from Egypt. Sudan will stretch out its hands to God [in prayer].

JPS Tanakh 1917
Nobles shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall hasten to stretch out her hands unto God.

New American Standard 1977
Envoys will come out of Egypt;
            Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

King James 2000 Bible
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

American King James Version
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God.

American Standard Version
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall haste to stretch out her hands unto God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
ambassadors shall come out of Egypt: Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God.

Darby Bible Translation
Great ones shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall quickly stretch out her hands unto God.

English Revised Version
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall haste to stretch out her hands unto God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Cush shall soon stretch out her hands to God.

World English Bible
Princes shall come out of Egypt. Ethiopia shall hurry to stretch out her hands to God.

Young's Literal Translation
Come do fat ones out of Egypt, Cush causeth her hands to run to God.
Study Bible
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
30Rebuke the beasts in the reeds, The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, Trampling under foot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war. 31Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God. 32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah.…
Cross References
Acts 8:27
So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official in charge of the entire treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship,

Psalm 87:4
"I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: 'This one was born there.'"

Isaiah 18:7
At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the LORD of hosts From a people tall and smooth, Even from a people feared far and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation, Whose land the rivers divide-- To the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, even Mount Zion.

Isaiah 19:19
In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD near its border.

Isaiah 19:21
Thus the LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the LORD and perform it.

Isaiah 45:14
Thus says the LORD, "The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush And the Sabeans, men of stature, Will come over to you and will be yours; They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains And will bow down to you; They will make supplication to you: 'Surely, God is with you, and there is none else, No other God.'"

Zephaniah 3:10
"From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, My dispersed ones, Will bring My offerings.
Treasury of Scripture

Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God.

Princes

Psalm 72:8-11 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river to …

Isaiah 19:18-25 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language …

Isaiah 45:14 Thus said the LORD, The labor of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia …

Isaiah 60:6,7 The multitude of camels shall cover you, the dromedaries of Midian …

Isaiah 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape …

Ethiopia

Zephaniah 3:10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter …

Acts 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch …

stretch

Psalm 44:20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands …

Psalm 88:9 My eye mourns by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily …

Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a …

1 Kings 8:22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of …

(31) Princes.--Or, magnates.

Ethiopia.--Literally, Cush shall make to run his hands to God, an idiom easily intelligible, expressing hasty submission.

(3235) A noble doxology, worthy of the close of one of the finest Hebrew hymns.

Verse 31. - Princes shall come out of Egypt. Then shall princely ambassadors come to Zion out of Egypt, and make submission (comp. Isaiah 43:3; Isaiah 45:14). Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God. The Ptolemies, in their wars with Syria, often sought the favour of the Jews. Christian Churches at an early date were established both in Egypt and in Abyssinia, and some of the most promising mission fields today are in Africa. Princes shall come out of Egypt,.... The Vulgate Latin and all the Oriental versions render it "ambassadors". This verse is a prophecy of the conversion of the Gentiles, under the names of Egypt and Ethiopia; which will be at the same time that the kings of the earth will become Christians, and antichrist will be destroyed. The Gospel is said to be preached in Egypt by Mark the Evangelist; and no doubt but there were conversions there in the first times of the Gospel; but there will be more in the latter day; see Psalm 87:3. Unless we understand this of kings and princes, that shall leave the communion of the church of Rome, which is spiritually and mystically Egypt, and join themselves with the true churches of see Revelation 11:8. The conversion of every sinner is a coming out of Egypt; it is a call of them out of darkness and bondage, worse than that of Egypt, into light and liberty, when they are set among princes, even the princes of Christ's people;

Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God; the Gospel is said to be preached in Ethiopia by the Evangelist Matthew, and also by Matthias, who succeeded Judas in the apostleship; by means of whose ministry there is reason to conclude some were converted: and we have an instance of a famous Ethiopian, that was converted and baptized by Philip, Acts 8:27; and who very likely carried the Gospel into this country, and spread it: so that this prophecy began to have its fulfilment then, but will have a greater hereafter; see, Psalm 87:4. All men are like Ethiopians, even God's elect, in a state of nature and unregeneracy: they are black with original sin and actual transgressions; and can no more remove this blackness than the Ethiopian can change his skin, Jeremiah 13:23. They are, like them, idolaters, serving divers lusts and pleasures, the idols of their own hearts; are in a state of distance, afar off from God and Christ, and from his people, word, and ordinances; and are enemies in their minds by wicked works, yea, enmity itself, and stretch out their hands against God; but when they are called and converted, and made sensible of their state, then they stretch out their hands unto God, as a gesture of sorrow, Jeremiah 4:31; expressing their sorrow for sin, as committed against God, and because of the evil that is in it; and look to Christ, and stretch out their hands to him, whom they have pierced, and mourn; and as a prayer gesture, Job 11:13. For, as soon as a man is converted, he prays and cries to God for pardoning grace and mercy, and to be cleansed from his sin, and to be openly received into his favour, and to enjoy communion with him; and as the gesture of a man in the utmost danger, who stretches out, his hand to lay hold on anything to save him; and so a sinner, sensible of its danger, and seeing Christ and salvation in him, it stretches out its hand, lays hold on him, and will have him and no other to be its Saviour, and receives his righteousness, and grace out of his fulness; and as the gesture of one that is conquered, resigning up himself into the victor's hands, as a token of submission, peace, and reconciliation (m); so sinners, in the day of Christ's power upon them, are made willing to submit and give up themselves to him. In the Hebrew text it is, "shall make her hands to run unto God" (n); that is, with an offering, gold or some treasure, to bring it unto God, as Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, interpret it, which may very well be understood of the offering of themselves, as well as of the spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise. The Targum is,

"the sons of Ham shall come, the great men out of Egypt, to be made proselytes; the children of Cush (or Ethiopia) shall run to stretch out their hands in prayer to God.''

Jarchi's note is,

"and then when thou shalt destroy Esau (his posterity), and the King Messiah shall arise, they shall bring to thee gifts out of Ethiopia.''

And so he owns this to be a prophecy of the Messiah; and so it is applied to the times of the Messiahs and to the nations bringing gifts to him, in the Talmud (o), and other Jewish writings (p).

(m) Vid. Caesar. Comment. de Bello Gallic. l. 7. c. 48. "Oremus pacem et dextras tendamus inermes". Virgil. Aeneid. 11. (n) "faciet currere", Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus, Michaelis. (o) T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 118. 2.((p) Shemot Rabba, s. 35. fol. 136. 4. 31. Princes—or, literally, "fat ones," the most eminent from the most wealthy, and the most distant nation, represent the universal subjection.

stretch out her hands—or, "make to run her hands," denoting haste.68:29-31 A powerful invitation is given to those that are without, to join the church. Some shall submit from fear; overcome by their consciences, and the checks of Providence, they are brought to make peace with the church. Others will submit willingly, ver. 29,31. There is that beauty and benefit in the service of God, and in the gospel of Christ which went forth from Jerusalem, which is enough to invite sinners out of all nations.
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