Psalm 68:18
New International Version
When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from the rebellious-- that you, LORD God, might dwell there.

New Living Translation
When you ascended to the heights, you led a crowd of captives. You received gifts from the people, even from those who rebelled against you. Now the LORD God will live among us there.

English Standard Version
You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there.

Berean Study Bible
You 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.

New American Standard Bible
You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there.

King James Bible
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

Christian Standard Bible
You ascended to the heights, taking away captives; you received gifts from people, even from the rebellious, so that the LORD God might dwell there.

Contemporary English Version
When you climbed the high mountain, you took prisoners with you and were given gifts. Your enemies didn't want you to live there, but they gave you gifts.

Good News Translation
He goes up to the heights, taking many captives with him; he receives gifts from rebellious people. The LORD God will live there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You ascended to the heights, taking away captives; You received gifts from people, even from the rebellious, so that the LORD God might live there.

International Standard Version
You ascended to the heights, you took captives. You received gifts among mankind, even the rebellious, so the LORD God may live there.

NET Bible
You ascend on high, you have taken many captives. You receive tribute from men, including even sinful rebels. Indeed the LORD God lives there!

New Heart English Bible
You have ascended on high. You have led away captives. And you gave gifts to people; but the rebellious will not dwell in the presence of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have ascended on high and you have captured captivity and you have given gifts to the children of men and rebels will not dwell before God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You went to the highest place. You took prisoners captive. You received gifts from people, even from rebellious people, so that the LORD God may live there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive; Thou hast received gifts among men, Yea, among the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell there.

New American Standard 1977
Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captive Thy captives; Thou hast received gifts among men, Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive; thou hast received gifts for men, yea, for the rebellious also that the LORD God might dwell among them.

King James 2000 Bible
You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

American King James Version
You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have received gifts for men; yes, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

American Standard Version
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led away captives; Thou hast received gifts among men, Yea, among the rebellious also, that Jehovah God might dwell with them .

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, thou hast received gifts for man, yea, for they were rebellious, that thou mightest dwell among them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive; thou hast received gifts in men. Yea for those also that do not believe, the dwelling of the Lord God.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts in Man, and even [for] the rebellious, for the dwelling [there] of Jah Elohim.

English Revised Version
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led thy captivity captive; thou hast received gifts among men, yea, among the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell with them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yes, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

World English Bible
You have ascended on high. You have led away captives. You have received gifts among men, yes, among the rebellious also, that Yah God might dwell there.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast taken captive captivity, Thou hast taken gifts for men, That even the refractory may rest, O Jah God.
Study Bible
God's Enemies Are Scattered
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. 19Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God of our salvation. Selah…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:8
This is why it says: "When He ascended on high, He led captives away, and gave gifts to men."

Judges 5:12
Awake, awake, O Deborah! Awake, awake, sing a song! Arise, O Barak, and take hold of your captives, O son of Abinoam!'

Psalm 7:7
Let the assembled peoples encompass You; take Your seat over them on high.

Psalm 47:5
God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD with the sound of trumpets.

Proverbs 30:4
Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in His cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is the name of His Son--surely you know!

Treasury of Scripture

You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have received gifts for men; yes, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

ascended

Psalm 24:3,7-10
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? …

Psalm 47:5
God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

Psalm 110:1
A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

led

Judges 5:12
Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.

received

Luke 24:49
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

John 14:16,17
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; …

John 16:7,13-15
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you…

for men [heb.

1 Corinthians 15:45-47
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit…

Colossians 1:18,19
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence…

Colossians 2:3,9
In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…

rebellious

Proverbs 1:22,23
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? …

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Matthew 9:13
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

that

Psalm 78:60
So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;







Lexicon
You have ascended
עָ֘לִ֤יתָ (‘ā·lî·ṯā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

on high;
לַמָּר֨וֹם ׀ (lam·mā·rō·wm)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4791: Altitude

You have led captives away.
שֶּׁ֗בִי (še·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7628: Exiled, captured, exile, booty

You have received
לָקַ֣חְתָּ (lā·qaḥ·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

gifts
מַ֭תָּנוֹת (mat·tā·nō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4979: A present, a sacrificial offering, a bribe

from men,
בָּאָדָ֑ם (bā·’ā·ḏām)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

even
וְאַ֥ף (wə·’ap̄)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 637: Meaning accession, yea, adversatively though

[from] the rebellious,
ס֝וֹרְרִ֗ים (sō·wr·rîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5637: To turn away, be refractory

that the LORD
יָ֬הּ (yāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3050: LORD -- the name of the God of Israel

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

may dwell [there].
לִשְׁכֹּ֤ן ׀ (liš·kōn)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7931: To settle down, abide, dwell
(18) Thou hast ascended on high.--Or, to the height, i.e., Mount Zion, as in Psalms 24 (Comp. Jeremiah 31:12; Ezekiel 20:40.)

Captivity captive.--Or, captives into captivity. (See Judges 5:12, Note.)

For men.--This rendering is inadmissible. Literally, in man, which is equivalent to our of men. Gifts of men are therefore captives or hostages, viz., the rebellious in the next clause, i.e., the heathen, whom the poet describes as subjected to Jehovah, and their land made His dweiling-place. (For St. Paul's citation of this verse, or its original, see Note, Ephesians 4:8, New Testament Commentary.)

Verse 18. - Thou hast ascended on high; i.e. ascended into the sanctuary, Mount Zion - gone up with the ark when it was transferred thither (see 2 Samuel 6:12-19; 1 Chronicles 15:11-28). Thou hast led captivity captive; i.e. thou hast made many captives - or enabled us to take many prisoners. Thou hast received gifts for men; rather, among men. Tribute from Israel's enemies is probably intended (see 2 Samuel 8:2; comp. 1 Kings 4:21). Yea, for the rebellious also; literally, yea, rebels also; i.e. enemies, that when reduced have rebelled, and then submitted to pay tribute a second time. That the Lord God (Jah Elohim) might dwell among them; "That God, after the nations had been subdued and submitted themselves, might rest quietly thenceforth in Zion." 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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