Psalm 68:21
New International Version
Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.

New Living Translation
But God will smash the heads of his enemies, crushing the skulls of those who love their guilty ways.

English Standard Version
But God will strike the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.

Berean Study Bible
Surely God will crush the heads of His enemies, the hairy crowns of those who persist in guilty ways.

King James Bible
But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

New King James Version
But God will wound the head of His enemies, The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.

New American Standard Bible
God certainly will shatter the heads of His enemies, The hairy head of one who goes about in his guilt.

NASB 1995
Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.

NASB 1977
Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.

Amplified Bible
Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy scalp of one who goes on in his guilty ways.

Christian Standard Bible
Surely God crushes the heads of his enemies, the hairy brow of one who goes on in his guilty acts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely God crushes the heads of His enemies, the hairy head of one who goes on in his guilty acts.

American Standard Version
But God will smite through the head of his enemies, The hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his guiltiness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But God will cut off the head of his enemies and the hairy scalp of those who walk in their sins.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But God shall crust the heads of his enemies; the hairy crown of them that go on in their trespasses.

Contemporary English Version
Our Lord and our God, your terrible enemies are ready for war, but you will crush their skulls.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But God shall break the heads of his enemies: the hairy crown of them that walk on in their sins.

English Revised Version
But God shall smite through the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his guiltiness.

Good News Translation
God will surely break the heads of his enemies, of those who persist in their sinful ways.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, God will crush the heads of his enemies [and destroy even] the hair on the heads of those who continue to be guilty.

International Standard Version
God surely strikes the heads of his enemies, even the hairy heads of those who continue in their guilt.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Surely God will smite through the head of His enemies, The hairy scalp of him that goeth about in his guiltiness.

Literal Standard Version
Only—God strikes The head of His enemies, The hairy crown of a habitual walker in his guilt.

NET Bible
Indeed God strikes the heads of his enemies, the hairy foreheads of those who persist in rebellion.

New Heart English Bible
But God will strike through the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp of such a one as still continues in his guiltiness.

World English Bible
But God will strike through the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp of such a one as still continues in his guiltiness.

Young's Literal Translation
Only -- God doth smite The head of His enemies, The hairy crown of a habitual walker in his guilt.

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Enemies Are Scattered
20Our God is a God of deliverance; the Lord GOD is our rescuer from death. 21Surely God will crush the heads of His enemies, the hairy crowns of those who persist in guilty ways. 22The Lord said, “I will retrieve them from Bashan, I will bring them up from the depths of the sea,…

Cross References
Psalm 110:6
He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead; He will crush the leaders far and wide.

Amos 9:1
I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said: "Strike the tops of the pillars so that the thresholds shake. Topple them on the heads of all the people, and I will kill the rest with the sword. None of those who flee will get away; none of the fugitives will escape.

Habakkuk 3:13
You went forth for the salvation of Your people, to save Your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked and stripped him from head to toe. Selah


Treasury of Scripture

But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goes on still in his trespasses.

God

Psalm 110:6
He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

Habakkuk 3:13
Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

Mark 12:4
And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.

the hairy

Psalm 55:23
But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

of such

Psalm 68:18
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.

Psalm 7:12
If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

Proverbs 1:24
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;









(21) Hairy scalp.--Literally, crown, or top, or head of hair. The word is rendered "pate" in Psalm 7:16. This is probably a portrait of some historical person hostile to Israel. Others take it as a type of pride and arrogance, comparing the use of the Greek verb ?????. The word "scalp," properly shell (comp. "skull"), was a word in common use at the time of the translation of the English Bible--

"White beards have armed their thin and hairless scalps

Against thy majesty."

SHAKSPERE: Richard II.

Verse 21. - But God shall wound the head of his enemies; or, "yet surely God will smite," etc. Though he gives escape from death, yet he will not do so always. On the contrary, he will assuredly smite and destroy his enemies, wounding them where a wound is fatal. And the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his trespasses. "The hairy scalp," says Dr. Kay, "points almost certainly to Absalom." Others take it as merely indicating the young and strong.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Surely
אַךְ־ (’aḵ-)
Adverb
Strong's 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

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

will crush
יִמְחַץ֮ (yim·ḥaṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4272: To dash asunder, to crush, smash, violently plunge, to subdue, destroy

the heads
רֹ֤אשׁ (rōš)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7218: The head

of His enemies,
אֹ֫יְבָ֥יו (’ō·yə·ḇāw)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 341: Hating, an adversary

the hairy
שֵׂעָ֑ר (śê·‘ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8181: Hair

crowns
קָדְקֹ֥ד (qā·ḏə·qōḏ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6936: Head, crown of the head

of those who persist
מִ֝תְהַלֵּ֗ךְ (miṯ·hal·lêḵ)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

in guilty ways.
בַּאֲשָׁמָֽיו׃ (ba·’ă·šā·māw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 817: Guilt, a fault, a sin-offering


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