Biblical Interpretations of Psalm 68:19

I’ve previously touched on this topic of ‘interpretations’ in my article on *’Bible Versions’.

Well, as I was looking through tweets of the day on my Twitter app I came across this tweet:

‘Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; [Psalm 68:19).’

There was no reference as to which version of the Bible it came from. So I looked it up and found that it was from the New International Version, and I compared it to the Young’s Literal Version I have on my iPhone, which reads as follows:

‘Blessed [is] the Lord, day by day He layeth on us. God Himself [is] our salvation. Selah]

To help me understand the verse better I opened up **Biblehub.com on my computer. This program compares verse with verse in many different versions of the Bible.

To make sure I had the best possible understanding of the verse I also compared it to what is in the ***Hebrew Interlinear Bible [OT]:

‘being-blessed my-Lord day day he-is-lading to·us the·El salvation-of·us,’ which in ancient English is: ‘Blessed [be] the Lord, [who] daily loadeth us [with benefits, even] the God of our salvation. Selah’

Here is the King James Version: Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.’  You’ll note the verses are identical, apart from the inserted brackets.

The New King James Bible simply translate the verse into modern English: ‘Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah’

This is identical to verse 19 in my NIV Bible that was printed in 1983 by Thomas Nelson in Korea. [Note that the opening word, “Blessed’ replaces the word, ’Praise’.]

The Hebrew word for ‘praise’ is pronounced ‘barak’. It is the same word that God used in Genesis 1:28, ‘“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply ……”’

When God blesses us He gives us His unmerited favour, i.e., His grace (Ephesians 2:8). He showers His love upon us (Romans 5:5).

The Bible is about the ‘good news’ – His blessing of us, despite our unworthiness. In Genesis 9:1 He blessed Noah and his sons, and through Noah He blesses ‘all the families of the earth …. (Genesis 12:2, 3).’  God promised Abraham he would be a blessing, and we know that blessing today comes through the Lord Jesus whose legal lineage in Joseph can be traced back to Abraham (Matthew 1:1-17). Christ is our supreme blessing, because we believers are His children by adoption (Ephesians 1:5). At the same time we are Abraham’s ‘seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29).’

We bless Abraham, but above all we bless Jesus who gave His life in exchange for ours (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:6). Verse 19 of Psalm 68 sums it up in this fashion: We praise God and kneel before Him while acknowledging His great goodness (Exodus 34:6, 7) towards us for taking away our iniquities (cf. Psalm 103:12). He cast them upon His Son, who suffered in our place for our forgiveness and God’s gift of eternal life (John 3:16).

Note

See below for interpretations of verse 19 from different versions of the Bible.

*Bible Versions

https://thebiblicalway.blog/2019/08/18/bible-versions/

**Bible Hub

https://biblehub.com/john/3-1.htm

***Hebrew Interlinear Bible [OT]

https://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Hebrew_Index.htm

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; [NIV]

Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Interlude [New Living Bible]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah [English Standard Version]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God of our salvation. Selah [Berean Study Bible]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah. [New American Standard]

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah [New King James]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. [King James Bible]

Blessed be the Lord! Day after day he bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah [Christian Standard Bible]

We praise you, Lord God! You treat us with kindness day after day, and you rescue us.  [Contemporary English Version]

Praise the Lord, who carries our burdens day after day; he is the God who saves us. [Good News Translation]

May the Lord be praised! Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah [Holman Christian Standard Bible]

Blessed be the Lord who daily carries us. God is our deliverer. [International Standard Version]

The Lord deserves praise! Day after day he carries our burden, the God who delivers us. (Selah) [NET Bible]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens, even the God who is our salvation. Selah. [New Heart English Bible]

Blessed is Lord Jehovah everyday, for God our Savior has chosen us as his inheritance; God is delivering us. [Aramaic Bible in Plain English]

Thanks be to the Lord, who daily carries our burdens for us. God is our salvation. [Selah] [GOD’S WORD Translation]

Blessed be the Lord, day by day He beareth our burden, Even the God who is our salvation. Selah [JPS Tanakh 1917]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah. [New American Standard 1977]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily lades us with benefits, even the God of our saving health. Selah [Jubilee Bible 2000]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. [King James 2000 Bible]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily beareth our burden, Even the God who is our salvation. Selah [American Standard Version]

Blessed be the Lord God, blessed be the Lord daily; and the God of our salvation shall prosper us. Pause. [Brenton Septuagint Translation]

Blessed be the Lord day by day: the God of our salvation will make our journey prosperous to us. [Douay-Rheims Bible]

Blessed be the Lord: day by day doth he load us [with good], the God who is our salvation. Selah. [Darby Bible Translation]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily beareth our burden, even the God who is our salvation. Selah [English Revised Version]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. [Webster’s Bible Translation]

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens, even the God who is our salvation. Selah. [World English Bible]

Blessed is the Lord, day by day He layeth on us. God Himself is our salvation. Selah. [Young’s Literal Translation]

Blessed [is] the Lord, day by day He layeth on us. God Himself [is] our salvation. Selah. [Young’s Literal Bible – iPhone App]

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