Psalm 68:6
New International Version
God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

New Living Translation
God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

English Standard Version
God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Berean Study Bible
God settles the lonely in families; He leads the prisoners out to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.

New American Standard Bible
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

King James Bible
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

Christian Standard Bible
God provides homes for those who are deserted. He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a scorched land.

Contemporary English Version
You find families for those who are lonely. You set prisoners free and let them prosper, but all who rebel will live in a scorching desert.

Good News Translation
He gives the lonely a home to live in and leads prisoners out into happy freedom, but rebels will have to live in a desolate land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God provides homes for those who are deserted. He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a scorched land.

International Standard Version
God causes the lonely to dwell in families. He leads prisoners into prosperity, but rebels live on parched land.

NET Bible
God settles those who have been deserted in their own homes; he frees prisoners and grants them prosperity. But sinful rebels live in the desert.

New Heart English Bible
God sets the lonely in families. He brings out the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God sets the only child in a house and he sends out prisoners into prosperity, and the rebels will dwell in the tombs.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God places lonely people in families. He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives, but rebellious people must live in an unproductive land.

JPS Tanakh 1917
God maketh the solitary to dwell in a house; He bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity; The rebellious dwell but in a parched land.

New American Standard 1977
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
God sets the solitary in families; he brings out those who are bound with chains, but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

King James 2000 Bible
God sets the solitary in families: he brings out those who are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

American King James Version
God sets the solitary in families: he brings out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

American Standard Version
God setteth the solitary in families: He bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
God settles the solitary in a house; leading forth prisoners mightily, also them that act provokingly, even them that dwell in tombs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God who maketh men of one manner to dwell in a house: Who bringeth out them that were bound in strength; in like manner them that provoke, that dwell in sepulchres.

Darby Bible Translation
God maketh the solitary into families; those that were bound he bringeth out into prosperity: but the rebellious dwell in a parched [land].

English Revised Version
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity: but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Webster's Bible Translation
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those who are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

World English Bible
God sets the lonely in families. He brings out the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.

Young's Literal Translation
God -- causing the lonely to dwell at home, Bringing out bound ones into prosperity, Only -- the refractory have inhabited a dry place.
Study Bible
God's Enemies Are Scattered
5A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in His holy habitation. 6God settles the lonely in families; He leads the prisoners out to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land. 7O God, when You went out before Your people, when You marched through the wasteland, Selah…
Cross References
Acts 12:7
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his wrists.

Acts 16:26
Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose.

Psalm 69:33
For the LORD listens to the needy and does not despise His captive people.

Psalm 78:17
But they continued to sin against Him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.

Psalm 102:20
to hear a prisoner's groaning, to release those condemned to death,

Psalm 107:4
Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no path to a city to dwell in.

Psalm 107:10
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains,

Psalm 107:14
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke away their chains.

Psalm 107:34
fruitful land into fields of salt, because of the wickedness of its dwellers.

Psalm 107:40
He pours contempt on the nobles and makes them wander a pathless wasteland.

Psalm 113:9
He settles the barren woman in her home, as a joyful mother to her children. Hallelujah!

Psalm 146:7
executing justice for the oppressed, giving food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free,

Treasury of Scripture

God sets the solitary in families: he brings out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

God

Psalm 107:10,41
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; …

Psalm 113:9
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

1 Samuel 2:5
They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.

families [heb.

Psalm 107:10,14
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; …

Psalm 146:7
Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:

Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

the rebellious

Psalm 107:34,40
A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein…

Deuteronomy 28:23,24
And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron…

Hosea 2:3
Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.







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

settles
מ֘וֹשִׁ֤יב (mō·wō·šîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

the lonely
יְחִידִ֨ים ׀ (yə·ḥî·ḏîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3173: United, sole, beloved, lonely, the life

in families;
בַּ֗יְתָה (bay·ṯāh)
Noun - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

He leads
מוֹצִ֣יא (mō·w·ṣî)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

the prisoners {out}
אֲ֭סִירִים (’ă·sî·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 615: A bondman, prisoner

to prosperity,
בַּכּוֹשָׁר֑וֹת (bak·kō·wō·šā·rō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3574: Prosperity, freedom

but
אַ֥ךְ (’aḵ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 389: A particle of affirmation, surely

the rebellious
ס֝וֹרֲרִ֗ים (sō·w·ră·rîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5637: To turn away, be refractory

dwell
שָׁכְנ֥וּ (šā·ḵə·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7931: To settle down, abide, dwell

in a sun-scorched [land].
צְחִיחָֽה׃ (ṣə·ḥî·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6707: A parched region, the desert
(6) Solitary . . .--This might refer to the childless (comp. Psalm 113:9), but it is better, in connection with the next clause, to think of the exiles scattered and dispersed, and who are by the Divine arm brought home.

With chains.--The Hebrew word is peculiar to this passage, and is derived by the Rabbis from a root meaning to bind. Modern scholars give "to prosper" as the meaning of the root, and render, he bringeth the captives into prosperity.

But.--Literally, only.

Rebellious.--As in Psalm 66:7; stubborn, refractory.

In a dry land.--Or, desert.

It is natural, remembering the connection between the imagery of Psalm 68:4 and parts of the great prophet of the Return, to refer its expressions to those who were left behind in Babylon when the restoration took place.

(7?10) We come now to the first of three unmistakable historic retrospects--the rescue from Egypt, the conquest of Canaan, and the establishment of Jerusalem as the political and religious capital. In these patriotic recollections the poet is naturally inspired by the strains of former odes of victory and freedom. The music especially of Deborah's mighty song (Judges 5), which, directly or indirectly, coloured so much of later Hebrew poetry (see Deuteronomy 33:2; Habakkuk 3) is in his ears throughout.

Wentest forth . . . didst march.--The parallel clauses as well as the words employed have, in the sound and sequence, a martial tread. The latter word, "didst march," is peculiar to Judges 5, Habakkuk 3, and this psalm.

Even Sinai itself.--Better, this Sinai. (See Note, Judges 5:5, where the clause completing the parallelism, here omitted, is retained, and shows us that the predicate to be supplied here is melted.)

"The mountain melted from before Jehovah,

This Sinai from before Jehovah, God of Israel."

The demonstrative "this Sinai" appears more natural if we suppose the verse, even in Deborah's song, to be an echo or fragment of some older pieces contemporary with the Exodus itself. Such fragments of ancient poetry actually survive in some of the historical books--e.g., Numbers 21:17-18; Exodus 15:1-19.

Verse 6. - God setteth the solitary in families; or, in a home; i.e. gives "solitary ones" - outcasts, wanderers - a home to dwell in. The reference is to the settlement of the nomadic Israelites in Canaan. He bringeth out those which are bound (see Psalm 146:7, "The Lord looseth the prisoners;" and compare the many references to the "bondage" of Israel in Egypt). The Exodus is glanced at, but not exclusively. God "brings men out" from the tyranny of worldly oppressors, of ghostly enemies, and of their own lusts and sins. With chains; rather, into prosperity (Hengstenberg, Kay, Cheyne, Revised Version). But the rebellious dwell in a dry land. Rebels against God are not "brought out." They are left to dwell in the "dry land" of their own impenitence and self-will (comp. Numbers 14:29-35). 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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