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Psalms 68:32 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; Oh sing praises unto the Lord; Selah.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Sing to God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises [to] the Lord; Selah:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Ye kingdoms of the earth, sing unto God; sing psalms of the Lord, (Selah,)
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Ye kingdoms of the earth, sing unto God, Praise in song Adonay. [Selah.]
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Kingdoms of the earth, sing ye to God, Praise ye the Lord. Selah.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Sing to God, ye kingdoms of the earth: sing ye to the Lord: Sing ye to God,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Sing vnto God, yee kingdomes of the earth: O sing praises [vnto] the Lord, Selah:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Sing to God, ye kingdoms of the earth; sing psalms to the Lord. Pause.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Sing unto Elohim, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto Yahweh; Selah:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Sing 7891
{7891} Prime
The second form being the original form, used in (1 Samuel 18:6); a primitive root (rather identical with H7788 through the idea of strolling minstrelsy); to sing.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
unto lhm אֱלֹהִים, 430
{0430} Prime
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
ye kingdoms 4467
{4467} Prime
From H4427; dominion, that is, (abstractly) the estate (rule) or (concretely) the country (realm).
of the earth; 776
{0776} Prime
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
O sing praises 2167
{2167} Prime
A primitive root (perhaps identical with H2168 through the idea of striking with the fingers); properly to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument, that is, play upon it; to make music, accompanied by the voice; hence to celebrate in song and music.
<8761> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 446
unto Yhw יָהוֶה; 136
{0136} Prime
An emphatic form of H0113; the Lord (used as a proper name of God only).
Sel סֶלָה: 5542
{5542} Prime
From H5541; suspension (of music), that is, pause.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 68:32-36

_ _ To Him who is presented as riding in triumph through His ancient heavens and proclaiming His presence — to Him who, in nature, and still more in the wonders of His spiritual government, out of His holy place (Psalms 43:3), is terrible, who rules His Church, and, by His Church, rules the world in righteousness — let all nations and kingdoms give honor and power and dominion evermore.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 68:32-35

_ _ The psalmist, having prayed for and prophesied of the conversion of the Gentiles, here invites them to come in and join with the devout Israelites in praising God, intimating that their accession to the church would be the matter of their joy and praise (Psalms 68:32): Let the kingdoms of the earth sing praises to the Lord; they all ought to do it, and, when they become the kingdoms of the Lord and of his Christ, they will do it. God is here proposed to them as the proper object of praise upon several accounts:

_ _ I. Because of his supreme and sovereign dominion: He rides upon the heavens of heavens which were of old (Psalms 68:33); compare Psalms 68:4. He has from the beginning, nay from before all time, prepared his throne; he sits on the circuit of heaven, guides all the motions of the heavenly bodies; and from the highest heavens, which are the residence of his glory, he dispenses the influences of his power and goodness to this lower world.

_ _ II. Because of his awful and terrible majesty: He sends out his voice, and that a mighty voice. This may refer either generally to the thunder, which is called the voice of the Lord and is said to be powerful and full of majesty (Psalms 29:3, Psalms 29:4), or in particular to that thunder in which God spoke to Israel at Mount Sinai.

_ _ III. Because of his mighty power: Ascribe you strength unto God (Psalms 68:34); acknowledge him to be a God of such irresistible power that it is folly to contend with him and wisdom to submit to him; acknowledge that he has power sufficient both to protect his faithful subjects and to destroy his stubborn adversaries; and give him the glory of all the instances of his omnipotence. Thine is the kingdom and power, and therefore thine is the glory. We must acknowledge his power, 1. In the kingdom of grace: His excellency is over Israel; he shows his sovereign care in protecting and governing his church; that is the excellency of his power, which is employed for the good of his people. 2. In the kingdom of providence: His strength is in the clouds, whence comes the thunder of his power, the small rain, and the great rain of his strength. Though God has his strength in the clouds, yet he condescends to gather his Israel under the shadow of his wings, Deuteronomy 33:26.

_ _ IV. Because of the glory of his sanctuary and the wonders wrought there (Psalms 68:35): O God! thou art terrible out of thy holy places. God is to be admired and adored with reverence and godly fear by all those that attend him in his holy places, that receive his oracles, that observe his operations according to them, and that pay their homage to him. He displays that out of his holy places which declares aloud that he will be sanctified in those that come nigh unto him. Out of heaven, his holy place above, he does, and will, show himself a terrible God. Nor is any attribute of God more dreadful to sinners than his holiness.

_ _ V. Because of the grace bestowed upon his people: The God of Israel is he that gives strength and power unto his people, which the gods of the nations, that were vanity and a lie, could not give to their worshippers; how should they help them, when they could not help themselves? All Israel's strength against their enemies came from God; they owned they had no might of their own, 2 Chronicles 20:12. And all our sufficiency for our spiritual work and warfare is from the grace of God. It is through Christ strengthening us that we can do all things, and not otherwise; and therefore he must have the glory of all we do (Psalms 115:1) and our humble thanks for enabling us to do it and accepting the work of his own hands in us. If it be the God of Israel that vies strength and power unto his people, they ought to say, Blessed be God. If all be from him, let all be to him.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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ye kingdoms:

Psalms 67:2-5 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. ... Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Psalms 100:1 [[A Psalm of praise.]] Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Psalms 117:1-2 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. ... For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD [endureth] for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice, O ye nations, [with] his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, [and] to his people.
Romans 15:10-11 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. ... And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
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