Psalm 68:17
New International Version
The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.

New Living Translation
Surrounded by unnumbered thousands of chariots, the Lord came from Mount Sinai into his sanctuary.

English Standard Version
The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.

Berean Study Bible
The chariots of God are tens of thousands—thousands of thousands are they; the Lord is in His sanctuary as He was at Sinai.

New American Standard Bible
The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.

King James Bible
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

Christian Standard Bible
God's chariots are tens of thousands, thousands and thousands; the Lord is among them in the sanctuary as he was at Sinai.

Contemporary English Version
When you, LORD God, appeared to your people at Sinai, you came with thousands of mighty chariots.

Good News Translation
With his many thousands of mighty chariots the Lord comes from Sinai into the holy place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God's chariots are tens of thousands, thousands and thousands; the Lord is among them in the sanctuary as He was at Sinai.

International Standard Version
God's chariots were many thousands. The Lord was there with them at Sinai in holiness.

NET Bible
God has countless chariots; they number in the thousands. The Lord comes from Sinai in holy splendor.

New Heart English Bible
The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands. The Lord is among them, from Sinai, in holiness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God rides in ten thousands and thousands of hosts, Lord Jehovah among them of Sinai in his Holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The chariots of God are twenty thousand in number, thousands upon thousands. The Lord is among them. [The God of] Sinai is in his holy place.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The chariots of God are myriads, even thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in holiness.

New American Standard 1977
The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The chariots of God are two thousand, thousands of angels; the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the sanctuary.

King James 2000 Bible
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

American King James Version
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

American Standard Version
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them, as in'sinai, in the sanctuary.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The chariots of God are ten thousand fold, thousands of rejoicing ones: the Lord is among them, in Sina, in the holy place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The chariot of God is attended by ten thousands; thousands of them that rejoice: the Lord is among them in Sina, in the holy place.

Darby Bible Translation
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them: it is a Sinai in holiness.

English Revised Version
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands upon thousands: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the sanctuary.

Webster's Bible Translation
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

World English Bible
The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands. The Lord is among them, from Sinai, into the sanctuary.

Young's Literal Translation
The chariots of God are myriads, thousands of changes, The Lord is among them, in Sinai, in the sanctuary.
Study Bible
God's Enemies Are Scattered
16Why do you gaze in envy, O mountains of many peaks? This is the mountain God chose for His dwelling, where the LORD will surely dwell forever. 17The chariots of God are tens of thousands— thousands of thousands are they; the Lord is in His sanctuary as He was at Sinai. 18You have ascended on high; You have led captives away. You have received gifts from men, even from the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:2
He said: "The LORD came from Sinai and dawned upon us from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran and came with myriads of holy ones, with flaming fire at His right hand.

2 Kings 6:17
Then Elisha prayed, "O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw that the hills were full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Isaiah 66:15
For behold, the LORD will come with fire--His chariots are like the whirlwind--to execute His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire.

Daniel 7:10
A river of fire was flowing, coming out from His presence. Thousands upon thousands attended Him, and myriads upon myriads stood before Him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.

Habakkuk 3:8
Were You angry at the rivers, O LORD? Was Your wrath against the streams? Did You rage against the sea when You rode on Your horses, on Your chariots of salvation?

Treasury of Scripture

The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

chariots

Psalm 18:10
And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

Deuteronomy 33:2
And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

2 Kings 2:11
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

thousands.

Exodus 3:5
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Exodus 19:22,23
And let the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them…







Lexicon
The chariots
רֶ֤כֶב (re·ḵeḇ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7393: A vehicle, a team, cavalry, a rider, the upper millstone

of God
אֱלֹהִ֗ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

[are] tens of thousands—
רִבֹּתַ֣יִם (rib·bō·ṯa·yim)
Number - fd
Strong's Hebrew 7239: A myriad, large number

thousands
אַלְפֵ֣י (’al·p̄ê)
Number - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 505: A thousand

of thousands [are they];
שִׁנְאָ֑ן (šin·’ān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8136: Change, repetition

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

[is] in
בָ֝֗ם (ḇām)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

His sanctuary
בַּקֹּֽדֶשׁ׃ (baq·qō·ḏeš)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6944: A sacred place, thing, sanctity

[as He was at] Sinai.
סִינַ֥י (sî·nay)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5514: Sinai -- the mountain where the law was given
(17) The chariots.--As the text stands, this verse can only be brought into harmony with the context by a certain violence to grammar. Its literal reading is, God's chariots, two myriads of thousands, and again myriads of thousands (literally, of repetition), the Lord among them, Sinai in holiness; which, by strict rule, must mean: "God's chariots are innumerable, and the Lord rides in them to Sinai, into the holy place." But this rendering is quite against the whole tenor of the passage, which is descriptive of a march from, not to, Sinai. Hence some suggest the rendering, "The Lord is among them--a Sinai in holiness," meaning that Zion has become Sinai, a common enough figure in poetry (comp. In medio Tibure Sardinia est--Mart. 4:60), but only discovered here by a roundabout process. There can hardly be a question as to the propriety of the emendation suggested by Dr. Perowne, The Lord is with them; He has come from Sinai into the holy place. (Comp. Deuteronomy 32:2, which was undoubtedly in the poet's mind.)

Of angels.--This rendering arose from a confusion of the word which means repetition with a word which means shining. LXX., "of flourishing ones"; Vulg., "of rejoicing ones." But the mistake is a happy one, and Milton's sonorous lines have well caught the feeling and music of the Hebrew:--

"About His chariots numberless were poured

Cherub and seraph, potentates and thrones,

And virtues, winged spirits and chariots winged,

From the armoury of God, where stand of old

Myriads." Paradise Lost, vii. 196.

Verse 17. - The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels. Another abrupt transition. The psalmist sees God move from Sinai, where he had represented him as present in ver. 8, into the sanctuary of Mount Zion. He is, of course, accompanied by his angelic host. This is described as a host of chariots (comp. 2 Kings 6:17) -twenty thousand in number, and "thousands of repetition" - or thousands multiplied by thousands, as Hengstenberg understands the phrase (comp. Daniel 7:10). The Lord (Jehovah) is among them; or, "in their midst." As in Sinai, in the holy place; rather, Sinai is in the sanctuary. The glories of Sinai are, as it were, transferred thither. 68:15-21 The ascension of Christ must here be meant, and thereto it is applied, Eph 4:8. He received as the purchase of his death, the gifts needful for the conversion of sinners, and the salvation of believers. These he continually bestows, even on rebellious men, that the Lord God might dwell among them, as their Friend and Father. He gave gifts to men. Having received power to give eternal life, the Lord Jesus bestows it on as many as were given him, Joh 17:2. Christ came to a rebellious world, not to condemn it, but that through him it might be saved. The glory of Zion's King is, that he is a Saviour and Benefactor to all his willing people, and a consuming fire to all that persist in rebellion against him. So many, so weighty are the gifts of God's bounty, that he may be truly said to load us with them. He will not put us off with present things for a portion, but will be the God of our salvation. The Lord Jesus has authority and power to rescue his people from the dominion of death, by taking away the sting of it from them when they die, and giving them complete victory over it when they rise again. The crown of the head, the chief pride and glory of the enemy, shall be smitten; Christ shall crush the head of the serpent.
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