Psalm 75:3
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New International Version
When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.

New Living Translation
When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude

English Standard Version
When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah

New American Standard Bible
"The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah.

King James Bible
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the earth and all its inhabitants shake, I am the One who steadies its pillars. Selah

International Standard Version
While the earth and all its inhabitants melt away, it is I who keep its pillars firm." Interlude

NET Bible
When the earth and all its inhabitants dissolve in fear, I make its pillars secure." (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
The earth and all its inhabitants quake. I firmly hold its pillars. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Earth will be humbled and all its inhabitants; you have fashioned its inhabitants.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the earth and everyone who lives on it begin to melt, I will make its foundations as solid as rock. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
When the earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved, I Myself establish the pillars of it.' Selah

New American Standard 1977
“The earth and all who dwell in it melt;
            It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved; I bore up the pillars of it. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
The earth and all inhabitants are dissolved: I hold up the pillars of it. Selah.

American King James Version
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

American Standard Version
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I have set up the pillars of it. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
The earth is melted, and all that dwell therein: I have established the pillars thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I have established its pillars. Selah.

English Revised Version
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I have set up the pillars of it. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

World English Bible
The earth and all its inhabitants quake. I firmly hold its pillars. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Melted is the earth and all its inhabitants, I -- I have pondered its pillars. Selah.
Study Bible
We Give Thanks, for Your Name is Near
2"When I select an appointed time, It is I who judge with equity. 3"The earth and all who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah. 4"I said to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' And to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn;…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:8
"He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, And He set the world on them.

Job 9:6
Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;

Psalm 46:6
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.

Isaiah 24:19
The earth is broken asunder, The earth is split through, The earth is shaken violently.
Treasury of Scripture

The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

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(3) The earth . . .--Better--

"Are earth and all its inhabitants dissolved?

It was I adjusted its pillars."

(See Hannah's song, 1Samuel 2:8.) Though the crisis be such that all is confusion and anarchy (comp. Isaiah 24:19-20 for the figure), there is no cause for fear; there is still a Ruler in heaven, He who built up the edifice which now seems to totter to its fall. The verb rendered in the Authorised Version "bear up," is used in Job 28:15, Isaiah 40:12 in the sense of "weighing" or "measuring;" but with the same allusion to the creative work of God. Here it plainly means, so to adjust the pillars as to make them equal to the weight they have to bear.

The "pillars" are the "mountains," as in Job 26:11. (See Note, Psalm 24:2.) Comp. Shelley--

"Sunbeam proof, I hang like a roof,

The mountains its columns are."

Verse 3. - The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved. They "melt" with fear (Psalm 44:6), either at God's coming in judgment, or at the dissolution which a hostile invasion is bringing on their land. I bear up the pillars of it. Meanwhile God upholds, and will uphold, both the moral and physical order of things. He will neither suffer the earth to be moved, nor the supports on which society depends to fail and crumble away. The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved,.... Or "melted" (p); the inhabitants, through fear and dread of the righteous Judge, appearing in the clouds of heaven, and of the wrath that is coming on they are deserving of; and the earth, through fire, when the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, the elements melt with fervent heat, and the earth and the works therein shall be burnt up, 2 Peter 3:10.

I bear up the pillars of it.: so that it shall not utterly perish; for though by the fire, at the general conflagration, the heavens and the earth will be so melted and dissolved as to lose their present form, and shall be purged and purified from all noxious qualities, the effects of sin; yet the substance will remain, out of which will be formed new heavens and a new earth, and this through the power of Christ sustaining it, and preserving it from entire destruction or annihilation. R. Obadiah by "pillars" understands in a figurative sense the righteous, for whose sake the world is continued in its being; these at the general conflagration will be bore up and preserved by Christ, whom they shall meet in the air, even the church, who is the pillar and ground of truth; and not only the ministers of the Gospel, who are pillars in Christ's house, but also every believer, which is a pillar there, that shall never go out, 1 Timothy 3:15. Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret the pillars of the mountains.

Selah. See Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(p) "liquefacti", Montanus; "liquefiet", Musculus. 3. pillars of it—(1Sa 2:8).75:1-5 We often pray for mercy, when in pursuit of it; and shall we only once or twice give thanks, when we obtain it? God shows that he is nigh to us in what we call upon him for. Public trusts are to be managed uprightly. This may well be applied to Christ and his government. Man's sin threatened to destroy the whole creation; but Christ saved the world from utter ruin. He who is made of God to us wisdom, bids us be wise. To the proud, daring sinners he says, Boast not of your power, persist not in contempt. All the present hopes and future happiness of the human race spring from the Son of God.
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