Psalm 68:5
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New International Version
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

New Living Translation
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows--this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

English Standard Version
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.

New American Standard Bible
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

King James Bible
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God in His holy dwelling is a father of the fatherless and a champion of widows.

International Standard Version
A father to orphans and an advocate for widows is God in his holy dwelling place.

NET Bible
He is a father to the fatherless and an advocate for widows. God rules from his holy palace.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who is the father of the orphans and the judge of widows - God in his holy dwelling!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The God who is in his holy dwelling place is the father of the fatherless and the defender of widows.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A father of the fatherless and a defender of the widows is God in his holy habitation.

King James 2000 Bible
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

American King James Version
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

American Standard Version
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, Is God in his holy habitation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
who is the father of orphans, and the judge of widows. God in his holy place:

Darby Bible Translation
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

English Revised Version
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Webster's Bible Translation
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

World English Bible
A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Young's Literal Translation
Father of the fatherless, and judge of the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God. A defender, i.e., of the oppressed and downtrodden (comp. Isaiah 1:17). In his holy habitation. The heavenly and not the earthly dwelling place - whether tabernacle or temple - seems to be intended. God from his holy seat in the highest heaven pours clown his grace and mercy, his defence and protection, on all those who specially need his aid.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A father of the fatherless,.... In a literal sense, so as to show mercy to them, take care of then), and protect them; and this is a character which the great God often assumes, partly to express his power and providence over such, and partly to signify his tenderness, mercy, and goodness to them; and in which he should be imitated by civil magistrates, and by all good men: for it was not only a law in Israel to show regard to such, and take care not to afflict them, but it is also a branch of pure undefiled Christian religion, James 1:27, in attending to which we resemble the great Author of it, who is here intended. Moreover, this may be understood in a spiritual sense of such who are deserted by their friends, or are called to leave father and mother for the sake of Christ and his Gospel; and who are like fatherless ones, in an helpless condition in themselves, and are sensible of it; and will not trust in the creature, nor in any works of their own, but apply to Christ, where they have help and salvation, in whom the fatherless find mercy, Hosea 14:3; and who afterwards, when they are without the presence of Christ, and sensible communion with him, are like orphans or fatherless children; but Christ, who is the father of such, will not leave them so, will have pity on them, show favour to them, provide everything needful for them, and will come and visit them, as in John 14:18; where the word "orphans" or "fatherless" is used of Christ's disciples;

and a Judge of the widows; of such who are widows indeed in a literal sense, and especially that are believers, his elect that cry unto him; see Luke 18:2; and of such who are so in a spiritual sense; even of the whole church of Christ, who may, even now, be said to be in a widowhood estate, as well as under the former dispensation; since Christ, her bridegroom, is gone to heaven, and who yet, in the mean time, is her Judge, protector, and defender; and when she is made ready for him, as a bride adorned for her husband, will come and take her to himself, and she shall remember the reproach of her widowhood no more, Isaiah 54:4;

is God in his holy habitation: in heaven, the habitation of his holiness, where is Christ the high and Holy One; and has respect to the poor and lowly, the fatherless and the widow: or in his church, his holy temple, where he dwells and walks, and grants his gracious presence, and will do to the end of the world, according to his promise; or in his holy human nature, the temple and the tabernacle, in which the Godhead dwells.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5, 6. are illustrated by the protection to the helpless, vindication of the innocent, and punishment of rebels, ascribed to Him.

Psalm 68:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
4Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him. 5A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. 6God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.…
Cross References
Exodus 22:23
If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.

Deuteronomy 10:18
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 26:15
Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey."

2 Chronicles 30:27
The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.

Psalm 10:14
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.

Psalm 146:9
The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Proverbs 15:25
The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow's boundary stones in place.

Isaiah 63:15
Look down from heaven and see, from your lofty throne, holy and glorious. Where are your zeal and your might? Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.

Jeremiah 49:11
Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive. Your widows too can depend on me.'"

Hosea 14:3
Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say 'Our gods' to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion."
Treasury of Scripture

A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

A father

Psalm 10:14,18 You have seen it; for you behold mischief and spite, to requite it …

Psalm 82:3,4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy…

Psalm 146:9 The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and …

Job 31:16,17 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Jeremiah 49:11 Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let …

Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride on horses: neither will …

a judge

Psalm 72:2,4 He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment…

Deuteronomy 10:18 He does execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loves …

Job 29:12,13 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and …

Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one …

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the …

Luke 18:2-7 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither …

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

in his

Psalm 33:14 From the place of his habitation he looks on all the inhabitants of the earth.

2 Chronicles 6:2 But I have built an house of habitation for you, and a place for …

2 Chronicles 30:27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 66:1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my …

Acts 7:48,49 However, the most High dwells not in temples made with hands; as …

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