Psalm 76:12
New International Version
He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

New Living Translation
For he breaks the pride of princes, and the kings of the earth fear him.

English Standard Version
who cuts off the spirit of princes, who is to be feared by the kings of the earth.

Berean Study Bible
He breaks the spirits of princes; He is feared by the kings of the earth.

New American Standard Bible
He will cut off the spirit of princes; He is feared by the kings of the earth.

King James Bible
He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
He humbles the spirit of leaders; he is feared by the kings of the earth.

Contemporary English Version
God destroys the courage of rulers and kings and makes cowards of them.

Good News Translation
he humbles proud princes and terrifies great kings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He humbles the spirit of leaders; He is feared by the kings of the earth.

International Standard Version
He will humble the arrogant commanders-in-chief, instilling fear among the kings of the earth.

NET Bible
He humbles princes; the kings of the earth regard him as awesome.

New Heart English Bible
He humbles the spirit of princes. He is feared by the kings of the earth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he shall humble the spirit of Rulers and he is feared by the Kings of the Earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He cuts short the lives of influential people. He terrifies the kings of the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He minisheth the spirit of princes; He is terrible to the kings of the earth.

New American Standard 1977
He will cut off the spirit of princes; He is feared by the kings of the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall cut off the spirit of princes; he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is fearful to the kings of the earth.

American King James Version
He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

American Standard Version
He will cut off the spirit of princes: He is terrible to the kings of the earth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and that takes away the spirits of princes; to him that is terrible among the kings of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
even to him who taketh away the spirit of princes: to the terrible with the kings of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
He cutteth off the spirit of princes; [he] is terrible to the kings of the earth.

English Revised Version
He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

World English Bible
He will cut off the spirit of princes. He is feared by the kings of the earth. For the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm by Asaph.

Young's Literal Translation
He doth gather the spirit of leaders, Fearful to the kings of earth!
Study Bible
God's Name is Great in Israel
11Make and fulfill your vows to the LORD your God; let all the neighboring lands bring tribute to Him who is to be feared. 12He breaks the spirits of princes; He is feared by the kings of the earth.
Cross References
Psalm 47:2
How awesome is the LORD the Most High, the great King over all the earth!

Psalm 110:5
The Lord is at Your right hand; He will crush kings in the day of His wrath.

Isaiah 24:21
In that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven above and the kings of the earth below.

Treasury of Scripture

He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

he shall

Psalm 2:5,10
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure…

Psalm 48:4-6
For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together…

Psalm 68:12,35
Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil…

terrible

Isaiah 13:6-8
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty…

Isaiah 24:21
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

Revelation 6:15
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;







Lexicon
He breaks
יִ֭בְצֹר (yiḇ·ṣōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1219: To cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

the spirits
ר֣וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

of princes;
נְגִידִ֑ים (nə·ḡî·ḏîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5057: A commander, civil, military, religious, honorable themes

He is feared
נ֝וֹרָ֗א (nō·w·rā)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

by the kings
לְמַלְכֵי־ (lə·mal·ḵê-)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

of the earth.
אָֽרֶץ׃ (’ā·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
(12) He shall cut off . . .--Literally, lop off, as a vinedresser prunes a vine. For the image see Joel 3:13; Isaiah 18:5; Revelation 14:17 seq.

Spirit--i.e., the life.

Verse 12. - He shall cut off the spirit of princes. "The spirit" seems here to mean "the life." God cuts off princes in their prime as a gardener cuts off bunches of grapes (comp. Isaiah 18:5). He is terrible to the kings of the earth. Not "princes" only - נגידים - but "kings" - מלכים - also are cut off in their prime when God pleases. Sennacherib's untimely death (2 Kings 19:37) followed not many years after the destruction of his host, in which there must have been many "princes."



76:7-12 God's people are the meek of the earth, the quiet in the land, that suffer wrong, but do none. The righteous God seems to keep silence long, yet, sooner or later, he will make judgment to be heard. We live in an angry, provoking world; we often feel much, and are apt to fear more, from the wrath of man. What will not turn to his praise, shall not be suffered to break out. He can set bounds to the wrath of man, as he does to the raging sea; hitherto it shall come, and no further. Let all submit to God. Our prayers and praises, and especially our hearts, are the presents we should bring to the Lord. His name is glorious, and he is the proper object of our fear. He shall cut off the spirit of princes; he shall slip it off easily, as we slip off a flower from the stalk, or a bunch of grapes from the vine; so the word signifies. He can dispirit the most daring: since there is no contending with God, it is our wisdom, as it is our duty, to submit to him. Let us seek his favour as our portion, and commit all our concerns to him.
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