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Psalms 68:12

    Psalms 68:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Kings of armies flee, they flee; And she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Kings of armies quickly go in flight: and the women in the houses make a division of their goods.

    Webster's Revision

    Kings of armies flee, they flee; And she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.

    World English Bible

    "Kings of armies flee! They flee!" She who waits at home divides the spoil,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Kings of armies flee, they flee: and she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.

    Definitions for Psalms 68:12

    Apace - At a quick pace; quickly.
    Spoil - Booty; prey.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 68:12

    Kings of armies did flee - Rabin and the kings of the Canaanites, who united their forces to overwhelm the Israelites.

    And she - Deborah the prophetess, a woman accustomed to tarry at home, and take care of the family; she divided the spoils, and vanquished their kings.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 68:12

    Kings of armies did flee apace - Margin, as in Hebrew, did flee, did flee. This is the Hebrew mode of expressing that which is emphatic or superlative. It is by simply repeating the word. The idea is, that they fled speedily; they fled at once, and in alarm. Psalm 68:12-13 are marked by DeWette as a quotation, and the language is supposed by him to be the substance of the song that was sung by the women as referred to in Psalm 68:11. This supposition is not improbable. The reference is, undoubtedly, to the former victories achieved by the people of God when they went out to war; and the idea is, that when the command came, when God gave the word Psalm 68:11, their foes fled in consternation.

    And she that tarried at home divided the spoil - The women remaining in their homes, while the men went out to war. On them devolved the office of dividing the plunder, and of giving the proper portions to each of the victors. They would take an interest in the battle, and receive the booty, and assign the portion due to each of the brave soldiers - the more acceptable as given to them by female hands. Possibly, however, the meaning may be, that the victors would bring the plunder home, and lay it at the feet of their wives and daughters to be divided among the women themselves. The dividing of the spoils of battle after a victory was always an important act. Compare Judges 5:30; Joshua 7:21; 1 Chronicles 26:27; Hebrews 7:4.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 68:12

    68:12 Kings - The kings of Canaan, and other nations who came forth against the Israelites, accompanied with great and numerous armies. The spoil - There was enough, not only for those who took it, but also to be divided to their wives and children, when they came home.