Psalm 68:4
New International Version
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him--his name is the LORD.

New Living Translation
Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the LORD--rejoice in his presence!

English Standard Version
Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him!

Berean Study Bible
Sing to God! Sing praises to His name. Exalt the One who rides on the clouds—His name is the LORD—and rejoice before Him.

New American Standard Bible
Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.

King James Bible
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

Christian Standard Bible
Sing to God! Sing praises to his name. Exalt him who rides on the clouds-- his name is the LORD--and celebrate before him.

Contemporary English Version
Our God, you are the one who rides on the clouds, and we praise you. Your name is the LORD, and we celebrate as we worship you.

Good News Translation
Sing to God, sing praises to his name; prepare a way for him who rides on the clouds. His name is the LORD--be glad in his presence!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sing to God! Sing praises to His name. Exalt Him who rides on the clouds -- His name is Yahweh--and rejoice before Him.

International Standard Version
Sing to God! Sing praise to his name! Exalt the one who rides on the clouds. The LORD is his name. Be jubilant in his presence.

NET Bible
Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Exalt the one who rides on the clouds! For the LORD is his name! Rejoice before him!

New Heart English Bible
Sing to God. Sing praises to his name. Extol him who rides on the clouds: to the LORD, his name. Rejoice before him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Sing to God and praise his name! Praise him who rides to the West. Lord Jehovah is his name. Be courageous before him

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sing to God; make music to praise his name. Make a highway for him to ride through the deserts. The LORD is his name. Celebrate in his presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Sing unto God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him that rideth upon the skies, whose name is the LORD; And exult ye before Him.

New American Standard 1977
Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sing unto God, sing psalms unto his name; extol him that rides upon the heavens by his name JAH and rejoice before him.

King James 2000 Bible
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides upon the heavens by his name, the LORD, and rejoice before him.

American King James Version
Sing to God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides on the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

American Standard Version
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: Cast up a highway for him that rideth through the deserts; His name is Jehovah; and exult ye before him.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Sing to God, sing praises to his name: make a way for him that rides upon the west (the Lord is his name) and exult before him. They shall be troubled before the face of him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sing ye to God, sing a psalm to his name, make a way for him who ascendeth upon the west: the Lord is his name. Rejoice ye before him: but the wicked shall be troubled at his presence,

Darby Bible Translation
Sing unto God, sing forth his name; cast up a way for him that rideth in the deserts: his name is Jah; and rejoice before him.

English Revised Version
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: cast up a highway for him that rideth through the deserts; his name is JAH; and exult ye before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Sing to God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

World English Bible
Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Extol him who rides on the clouds: to Yah, his name! Rejoice before him!

Young's Literal Translation
Sing ye to God -- praise His name, Raise up a highway for Him who is riding in deserts, In Jah is His name, and exult before Him.
Study Bible
God's Enemies Are Scattered
3But the righteous will be glad and rejoice before God; they will celebrate with joy. 4Sing to God! Sing praises to His name. Exalt the One who rides on the clouds— His name is the LORD— and rejoice before Him. 5A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in His holy habitation.…
Cross References
Exodus 6:3
I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty, but I did not reveal Myself to them by My name, 'the LORD.'

Deuteronomy 33:26
There is none like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to your aid, and the clouds in His majesty.

Psalm 18:10
He mounted a cherub and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind.

Psalm 47:6
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!

Psalm 66:2
Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious.

Psalm 68:33
to Him who rides upon the highest heavens of old; behold, His mighty voice resounds.

Psalm 83:18
May they know that You alone, whose name is the LORD, are Most High over all the earth.

Psalm 135:3
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.

Isaiah 40:3
A voice of one calling: "Prepare the way for the LORD in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert.

Isaiah 57:14
And it will be said, "Build it up, build it up, prepare the way, take every obstacle out of the way of My people."

Isaiah 62:10
Go out, go out through the gates; prepare the way for the people! Build it up, build up the highway; clear away the stones! Raise a banner for the nations to see.

Treasury of Scripture

Sing to God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rides on the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

Sing unto God

Psalm 66:4
All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

Psalm 67:4
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

Isaiah 12:4-6
And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted…

rideth

Psalm 68:33
To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

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

Psalm 104:3
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

his name

Exodus 3:14
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Exodus 6:3,8
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them…







Lexicon
Sing
שִׁ֤ירוּ ׀ (šî·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7891: To sing

to God!
לֵֽאלֹהִים֮ (lê·lō·hîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

Sing praises
זַמְּר֪וּ (zam·mə·rū)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2167: Play, to make music, celebrate in song and music

to His name.
שְׁ֫מ֥וֹ (šə·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8034: A name

Exalt
סֹ֡לּוּ (sōl·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5549: To mound up, to exalt, to oppose

the One who rides
לָרֹכֵ֣ב (lā·rō·ḵêḇ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7392: To ride, to place upon, to despatch

on the clouds—
בָּ֭עֲרָבוֹת (bā·‘ă·rā·ḇō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6160: Arabah -- a steppe or desert plain, also a desert valley running south from the Sea of Galilee

His name
שְׁמ֗וֹ (šə·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8034: A name

is the LORD—
בְּיָ֥הּ (bə·yāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3050: LORD -- the name of the God of Israel

and rejoice
וְעִלְז֥וּ (wə·‘il·zū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5937: To jump for, joy, exult

before Him.
לְפָנָֽיו׃ (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face
(4) Sing praises . . .--Better, play on the harp.

Extol him that rideth upon the heavens.--Rather, cast up a highway for him that rideth on the steppes. (Comp. Isaiah 40:3, of which this is apparently an echo.) The poet's voice is the herald's who precedes the army of God to order the removal of all obstructions, and the formation of cairns to mark the road. Isaiah 57:14; Isaiah 62:10, are passages alluding to the same custom.

The translation, "upon the heavens," rests on a rabbinical interpretation of 'araboth.

By derivation it means "a dry sandy region," a "steppe." The singular of the noun forms with the article a proper name designating the Jordan valley. (In the poetical books, however, any wild tract of country is called 'Arabah--Isaiah 35:1; Isaiah 35:6.) The plural often designates particular parts of this region, as the plains of Moab or Jericho (2Kings 25:4-5). Such a restricted sense is quite in keeping with the allusions to the early history which make up so much of the psalm.

By his name JAH.--Better, his name is Jah. This abbreviated form of Jehovah is first found in Exodus 15:2. No doubt the verse is a fragment of a song as old as the Exodus.

It may be noticed here that the dependence of this psalm on older songs is nowhere more conspicuous than in the very various use of the Divine names, Elohim, Adonai, El, Shaddai, Jehovah, Jah.

Verse 4. - Sing unto God, sing praises to his Name (comp. Psalm 64:4): extol him that rideth upon the heavens. This passage is now generally translated, Cast up a highway for him that rideth through the deserts (Hengstenberg, Kay, Dean Johnson, Professor Cheyne, Revised Version). The image is that of a king travelling through a waste, for whom a way was made beforehand (comp. Isaiah 40:3; Isaiah 49:11). By his name Jah; rather, Jah is his Name. "Jah" - the shortened form of "Jehovah" - occurs first in the Song of Moses (Exodus 15:2). It is repeated here in ver. 18, and recurs in Isaiah 26:4. Dr. Kay suggests that "it represents the concentration of God's redeeming power and love." And rejoice before him (comp. ver. 3). 68:1-6 None ever hardened his heart against God, and prospered. God is the joy of his people, then let them rejoice when they come before him. He who derives his being from none, but gives being to all, is engaged by promise and covenant to bless his people. He is to be praised as a God of mercy and tender compassion. He ever careth for the afflicted and oppressed: repenting sinners, who are helpless and exposed more than any fatherless children, are admitted into his family, and share all their blessings.
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