Psalm 68:6
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New International Version
God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

New Living Translation
God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

English Standard Version
God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

New American Standard Bible
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

King James Bible
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God provides homes for those who are deserted. He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a scorched land.

International Standard Version
God causes the lonely to dwell in families. He leads prisoners into prosperity, but rebels live on parched land.

NET Bible
God settles those who have been deserted in their own homes; he frees prisoners and grants them prosperity. But sinful rebels live in the desert.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God sets the only child in a house and he sends out prisoners into prosperity, and the rebels will dwell in the tombs.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God places lonely people in families. He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives, but rebellious people must live in an unproductive land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
God sets the solitary in families; he brings out those who are bound with chains, but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

King James 2000 Bible
God sets the solitary in families: he brings out those who are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

American King James Version
God sets the solitary in families: he brings out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

American Standard Version
God setteth the solitary in families: He bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God who maketh men of one manner to dwell in a house: Who bringeth out them that were bound in strength; in like manner them that provoke, that dwell in sepulchres.

Darby Bible Translation
God maketh the solitary into families; those that were bound he bringeth out into prosperity: but the rebellious dwell in a parched [land].

English Revised Version
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity: but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Webster's Bible Translation
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those who are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

World English Bible
God sets the lonely in families. He brings out the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.

Young's Literal Translation
God -- causing the lonely to dwell at home, Bringing out bound ones into prosperity, Only -- the refractory have inhabited a dry place.
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 6. - God setteth the solitary in families; or, in a home; i.e. gives "solitary ones" - outcasts, wanderers - a home to dwell in. The reference is to the settlement of the nomadic Israelites in Canaan. He bringeth out those which are bound (see Psalm 146:7, "The Lord looseth the prisoners;" and compare the many references to the "bondage" of Israel in Egypt). The Exodus is glanced at, but not exclusively. God "brings men out" from the tyranny of worldly oppressors, of ghostly enemies, and of their own lusts and sins. With chains; rather, into prosperity (Hengstenberg, Kay, Cheyne, Revised Version). But the rebellious dwell in a dry land. Rebels against God are not "brought out." They are left to dwell in the "dry land" of their own impenitence and self-will (comp. Numbers 14:29-35).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

God setteth the solitary in families,.... Which the Jewish writers generally understand of an increase of families, with children in lawful marriage; see Psalm 113:9; an instance of which we have in Abraham and Sarah; from which single or solitary ones, when joined in marriage, sprung a numerous offspring, Isaiah 51:2. And to this sense the Targum paraphrases the words;

"God is he that joins, couples single ones into a couple, as one:''

some copies add,

"to build an house out of them;''

that is, a family; see Ruth 4:11. But it may be better interpreted of the fruitfulness and increase of the church with converts, under the Gospel dispensation, even from among the Gentiles; who were before solitary, or were alone, without God and Christ, and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel; but being called and converted by the ministry of the word, were brought into and placed in Gospel churches, or families; see Isaiah 54:1; and may be applied to particular persons, who, before conversion, may be said to be "solitary" or alone; living without God, the knowledge and fear of him, and fellowship with him, being alienated from the life of him through ignorance; and without Christ, and communion with him, he not dwelling in them, nor they in him; and also sensual, not having the Spirit, his graces and fruits; being destitute of faith, hope, and love: and, moreover, aliens from the people of God, having no society with them, being in a state of solitude and darkness, and under the power of sin and Satan; helpless and "desolate", as the word here used rendered, Psalm 25:16. But, in effectual calling, such are brought out of this dismal state, and being drawn with the cords of love by the Spirit, to the Father and the Son, and brought to a spiritual acquaintance with them, they are "set in families", or placed in Gospel churches; which, as families, have a master over them, who is Christ the Son and firstborn, of whom they are named; where are saints of various ages, sizes, and standing; some fathers, some young men, and some children; where are provisions suitable for them, and stewards to give them their portion of meat in due season, who are the ministers of the word; and laws and rules, by which they are directed and regulated, and everything is kept in good decorum;

he bringeth out those which are bound with chains; as Peter and others literally, Acts 12:5; or rather it is to be understood spiritually of such as are bound with the chains of their own sins, and are under the power of them, with the fetters of the law, in which they are held, and who are led and kept captive by Satan; those Christ the Son makes free, proclaims liberty to them, says to such prisoners, Go forth; and, by the blood of his covenant, sends them forth, and directs them to himself, the strong hold, as prisoners of hope; see Isaiah 61:1. The Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions render it, "he bringeth forth the prisoners with fortitude"; so Apollinarius, "with his great power and strength"; and the Syriac version, with prosperity; or in a pompous manner, as the Targum. But the words may be better rendered, "he bringeth forth the prisoners", either as Ainsworth, "into fit (and commodious) places", or rather, "into the conveniencies" or "commodities": that is, of life, such as prisoners are destitute of;

but the rebellious dwell in a dry land; meaning the Jews, to whom Christ came, and whom they rejected, reviled, hated, and would not have him to reign over them, and were a gainsaying and disobedient people; for which their land was smitten with a curse, and in the time of their wars became a dry land; when famine and pestilence were everywhere, and such tribulation as was never known, Isaiah 8:21. Moreover, the nations of the world, among whom they are dispersed, are a dry land to them; and even such places as are become fruitful through the preaching of the Gospel are no other to them, who neither do hear it, nor will they hear it; and they are like persons in a dry and thirsty land, vainly expecting a Messiah, who will never come. This may also be applied to all that obey not the Gospel of Christ, who will be punished with everlasting destruction from his presence, and shall not have a drop of cold water allowed them to cool their tongue. The allusion may be thought to be to the Jews, that murmured and rebelled against God, and vexed his Spirit in the wilderness, where their carcasses fell; and so dwelt in a dry land, and entered not into rest, or the land of Canaan. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, render it, "in graves"; Apollinarius paraphrases it,

"he bringeth the dead out of the graves to light.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. setteth the solitary in families—literally, "settleth the lonely" (as wanderers) "at home." Though a general truth, there is perhaps allusion to the wandering and settlement of the Israelites.

rebellious dwell in a dry land—removed from all the comforts of home.

Psalm 68:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
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. 7O God, when You went forth before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.…
Cross References
Acts 12:7
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.

Acts 16:26
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose.

Psalm 69:33
The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.

Psalm 78:17
But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.

Psalm 102:20
to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death."

Psalm 107:4
Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.

Psalm 107:10
Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,

Psalm 107:14
He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.

Psalm 107:34
and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.

Psalm 107:40
he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.

Psalm 113:9
He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.

Psalm 146:7
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free,
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