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.

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.

New King James Version
God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

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

NASB 1995
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

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

Amplified Bible
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads the prisoners into prosperity, Only the stubborn and rebellious dwell in a parched 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Literal Standard Version
God—causing the lonely to dwell at home, Bringing out bound ones into prosperity, Only—the stubborn have inhabited a dry place.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 in which to dwell.

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


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.









(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. . . .

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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in a sun-scorched [land].
צְחִיחָֽה׃ (ṣə·ḥî·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6707: A parched region, the desert


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