Psalm 68:11
New International Version
The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:

New Living Translation
The Lord gives the word, and a great army brings the good news.

English Standard Version
The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host:

Berean Study Bible
The Lord gives the command; a great company of women proclaim it:

New American Standard Bible
The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:

King James Bible
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

Christian Standard Bible
The Lord gave the command; a great company of women brought the good news:

Contemporary English Version
You gave the command, LORD, and a chorus of women told what had happened:

Good News Translation
The Lord gave the command, and many women carried the news:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Lord gave the command; a great company of women brought the good news:"

International Standard Version
The Lord issues a command. Numerous are the women who announce the news:

NET Bible
The Lord speaks; many, many women spread the good news.

New Heart English Bible
The Lord announced the word. The ones who proclaim it are a great company.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah will give the word of the Gospel in great power!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Lord gives instructions. The women who announce the good news are a large army.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The Lord giveth the word; The women that proclaim the tidings are a great host.

New American Standard 1977
The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:

Jubilee Bible 2000
The Lord shall give a word; great shall be the host of the evangelists thereof.

King James 2000 Bible
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

American King James Version
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

American Standard Version
The Lord giveth the word: The women that publish the tidings are a great host.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Lord God will give a word to them that preach it in a great company.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord shall give the word to them that preach good tidings with great power.

Darby Bible Translation
The Lord gives the word: great the host of the publishers.

English Revised Version
The Lord giveth the word: the women that publish the tidings are a great host.

Webster's Bible Translation
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

World English Bible
The Lord announced the word. The ones who proclaim it are a great company.

Young's Literal Translation
The Lord doth give the saying, The female proclaimers are a numerous host.
Study Bible
God's Enemies Are Scattered
10Your flock settled therein; O God, from Your bounty You provided for the poor. 11The Lord gives the command; a great company of women proclaim it: 12“Kings and their armies flee in haste; she who waits at home will divide the plunder.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:20
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her with tambourines and dancing.

1 Samuel 18:6
As the troops were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs, and with tambourines and other musical instruments.

Proverbs 9:3
She has sent out her maidservants; she calls out from the heights of the city:

Treasury of Scripture

The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

Lord

Psalm 40:3
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Exodus 14:15
And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

Exodus 17:9
And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

company [heb.

Psalm 68:25
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

Exodus 15:20
And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Judges 5:1
Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,







Lexicon
The Lord
אֲדֹנָ֥י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

gives
יִתֶּן־ (yit·ten-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

the command;
אֹ֑מֶר (’ō·mer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 562: Promise, speech, thing, word

a great
רָֽב׃ (rāḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

company
צָבָ֥א (ṣā·ḇā)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6635: A mass of persons, reg, organized for, war, a campaign

of women proclaim [it]:
הַֽ֝מְבַשְּׂר֗וֹת (ham·ḇaś·śə·rō·wṯ)
Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1319: To be fresh, full, cheerful), to announce
(11-14) These verses refer to the conquest of Canaan, the long history of which is, however, here crowded into one supreme and crowning moment: a word from God, and all was done.

(11) The Lord gave . . .--Literally, The Lord gives a word. Of the women who bring the news, the host is great. The Hebrew for a word is poetical, and used especially of a Divine utterance (Psalm 19:4; Psalm 77:8; Habakkuk 3:9). Here it might mean either the signal for the conflict, or the announcement of victory. But the custom of granting to bands of maidens the privilege of celebrating a triumph (Exodus 15:20-21; Judges 5, Judges 11:34; 1Samuel 18:6; 2Samuel 1:20), here evidently alluded to, makes in favour of the latter.

By the "great company," or host, we are apparently to think, not of one large body of women celebrating some one particular victory, but successive and frequent tidings of victory following rapidly on one another--

"Thick as tale

Came post with post."

--Macbeth.

The LXX. and Vulg. renderings have been the source of the erroneous view which makes this verse prophetic of a numerous and successful Christian ministry: "The Lord shall give the word to them that evangelise with great might."

Verses 11-23. - From God's mercies to his people at Sinai and in the wilderness, the psalmist goes on to consider those connected with the conquest of Canaan, and the establishment of David's widespread rule. The passage is difficult and obscure, perhaps from its embodying fragments of the earlier Hebrew poetry. It is also full of curious transitions, and of ellipses which make the meaning doubtful. Verse 11. - The Lord gave the word. The reader naturally asks - What word? Commentators answer variously: "the watchword" (Cheyne); "promise of victory" (Kay); "the word of command" (Dean Johnson); "announcement of an actual victory gained" (Hengstenberg). I should rather understand a sort of creative word, initiating the period of strife (comp. Shakespeare's "Cry havock, and let slip the dogs of war!"). Great was the company of those that published it; literally, great was the company of the women that heralded it. The reference is to the female choirs which took a prominent part in the war songs of ancient days (see Exodus 15:20, 21; Judges 5:1; 1 Samuel 18:6, 7). 68:7-14 Fresh mercies should put us in mind of former mercies. If God bring his people into a wilderness, he will be sure to go before them in it, and to bring them out of it. He provided for them, both in the wilderness and in Canaan. The daily manna seems here meant. And it looks to the spiritual provision for God's Israel. The Spirit of grace and the gospel of grace are the plentiful rain, with which God confirms his inheritance, and from which their fruit is found. Christ shall come as showers that water the earth. The account of Israel's victories is to be applied to the victories over death and hell, by the exalted Redeemer, for those that are his. Israel in Egypt among the kilns appeared wretched, but possessed of Canaan, during the reigns of David and Solomon, appeared glorious. Thus the slaves of Satan, when converted to Christ, when justified and sanctified by him, look honourable. When they reach heaven, all remains of their sinful state disappear, they shall be as the wings of the dove, covered with silver, and her feathers as gold. Full salvation will render those white as snow, who were vile and loathsome through the guilt and defilement of sin.
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