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Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
Psalms 68:15

The hill of Basan is Gods hill, the hill of Basan is a pleteous hill.

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- Clarke Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Everett's Study Notes;   Geneva Study Bible;   Haydock's Catholic Commentary;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Keil & Delitzsch;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   Benson's Commentary;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Treasury of David;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Scott's Notes on the Psalms;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;  


- Thompson Chain Reference - Mountains;   The Topic Concordance - God;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Mountains;  


- Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Psalms, Theology of;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Bashan, Hill of;   Jerusalem;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Bashan;   Mizar;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bashan;   Kingdom of God;   Psalms;   Sin;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - God;   Manasseh;   Psalms the book of;  


- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Bashan;   Languages of the Old Testament;   Psalms, Book of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Charity and Charitable Institutions;   Color;   Peshiṭ;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
Is Mount Bashan the high mountain of summits, Mount Bashan [east of the Jordan] the mount of God?

American Standard Version
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A high mountain is the mountain of Bashan.

The Complete Jewish Bible
You mighty mountain, Mount Bashan! You rugged mountain, Mount Bashan!

Darby's Translation
[As] mount Bashan is the mount of God, a many-peaked mountain, [as] mount Bashan.

Bible in Basic English
A hill of God is the hill of Bashan; a hill with high tops is the hill of Bashan.

English Revised Version
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; an high mountain is the mountain of Bashan.

Contemporary English Version
Our LORD and our God, Bashan is a mighty mountain covered with peaks.

English Standard Version
O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan; O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!

Easy-to-Read Version
Mount Bashan is a great mountain with many peaks.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
The mountaine of God is like the mountaine of Bashan: it is an high Mountaine, as mount Bashan.

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
Over Salmon, the mountain of God, over the mountains of Bashan and over the mountain ridges.

Brenton Translaton of the Septuagint (LXX)
The mountain of God is a rich mountain; a swelling mountain, a rich mountain.

Hebrew Names Version
The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains. The mountains of Bashan are rugged.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
As the hyll of Basan, so is Gods hill: euen an hygh hyll, as the hyll of Basan.

The Webster Bible
The hill of God [is as] the hill of Bashan; a high hill [as] the hill of Bashan.

New King James
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.

Good News Translation
What a mighty mountain is Bashan, a mountain of many peaks!

New American Standard Version
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.

Holman Christian Standard
Mount Bashan is God's towering mountain; Mount Bashan is a mountain of many peaks.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
The mountain of Bashan is God's mountain; the Bashan range is a mountain of peaks.

New Living Translation
The majestic mountains of Bashan stretch high into the sky.

New International Version
Mount Bashan, majestic mountain, Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,

JPS Old Testament
When the Almighty scattereth kings therein, it snoweth in Zalmon.

King James Version (1611)
The hil of God is as the hill of Bashan, an high hill as the hill of Bashan.

New Century Version
The mountains of Bashan are high; the mountains of Bashan have many peaks.

New Life Version
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan. A mountain of many high tops is the mountain of Bashan.

New Revised Standard
O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan; O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!

King James Version
The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.

The Emphasised Bible
A mighty mountain, is the mountain of Bashan, A mountain of peaks, is the mountain of Bashan! -

Douay-Rheims Bible
(67-16) The mountain of God is a fat mountain. A curdled mountain, a fat mountain.

Revised Standard Version
O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan; O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!

Updated Bible Version 1.9
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A high mountain is the mountain of Bashan.

World English Bible
The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains. The mountains of Bashan are rugged.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
the hille of God is a fat hille. The cruddid hil is a fat hil;

Young's Literal Translation
A hill of God [is] the hill of Bashan, A hill of heights [is] the hill of Bashan.

The Message
You huge mountains, Bashan mountains, mighty mountains, dragon mountains.

Lexham English Bible
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;

Contextual Overview

15The hill of Basan is Gods hill, the hill of Basan is a pleteous hill.16Why hoppe ye so, ye greate hilles? It pleaseth God to dwell vpo this hill, yee the LORDE wil abyde in it for euer. 17The charettes of God are many M. tymes a thousande, the LORDE is amoge them in the holy Sinai. 18Thou art gone vp an hye, thou hast led captyuite captyue, & receaued giftes for me: Yee euen for thy enemies, that they might dwell with the LORDE God. 19Praysed be the LORDE daylie, eue ye God which helpeth vs, & poureth his benefites vpo vs. 20Sela. The God yt is or Sauior, eue God the LORDE by who we escape death. 21The God that smyteth his enemies vpo the heades & vpon the hayrie scalpes: soch as go on still in their wikednes.

Verse Review

Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
of God
2:6; 78:68,69; 87:1,2; Isaiah 2:2,3
of Bashan
Deuteronomy 3:10; Micah 7:14

Gill's Notes on the Bible

The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan,.... The church is the hill of God, an excellent and supereminent one, and in which he dwells, as is said in Psalm 68:16; called an hill for its visibility, and especially as it will be in the latter day, when it will be established and exalted above the mountains and hills, the kingdoms of this world, Isaiah 2:2; this is compared to the hill of Bashan for fertility and fruitfulness; hence we read of the kine and bulls, the rams and lambs, and fatlings of Bashan, and of the oaks thereof, Deuteronomy 32:14, Isaiah 2:13; the ordinances of the church are green pastures, where his people become fat and flourishing, Psalm 23:2;

an high hill, as the hill of Bashan; or "an hill of eminences"; it had several tops, or little hills that rose up from it; so the church of Christ, though but one hill or church in general, yet there are several little hills belong unto it, or particular congregational churches, of which it consists: for "a mountain abounding with cheese"; which fed much cattle, and these produced much milk, of which large quantities of cheese were made, and so is expressive of the fruitfulness of it.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The hill of God - The phrase “the hill of God,” or the mountain of God, is elsewhere applied in the Scriptures only to Mount Horeb or Sinai Exodus 3:1; Exodus 18:5; Exodus 24:13; 1 Kings 19:8, and to Mount Zion, Psalm 24:3; Isaiah 30:29. There is no reason for supposing that there is a reference here to Mount Horeb or Sinai, as the psalm does not particularly relate to that mountain, and as there is nothing in the psalm to bring that mountain into comparison with other mountains. The allusion is, I think, clearly to Mount Zion; and the idea is, that that mountain, though it was not distinguished for its elevation or grandeur - though it had nothing in itself to claim attention, or to excite wonder - yet, from the fact that it had been selected as the place where God was to be worshipped, had an honor not less than that of the loftiest mountain, or than those which showed forth the divine perfections by their loftiness and sublimity. There is connected with this, also, the idea that, although it might be less defensible by its natural position, yet, because God resided there, it was defended by his presence more certainly than loftier mountains were by their natural strength. It should be remarked, however, that many other interpretations have been given of the passage, but this seems to me to be its natural meaning.

Is as the hill of Bashan - Luther renders this, “The mount of God is a fruit-bearing hill; a great and fruitbearing mountain.” On the word Bashan, see the notes at Isaiah 2:13; notes at Isaiah 33:9; notes at Psalm 22:12. Bashan was properly the region beyond Jordan, bounded on the north by Mount Hermon or the Anti-Libanus, and extending south as far as the stream Jabbok, and the mountains of Gilead. The “hill” of Bashan, or the “mountain of Bashan,” was properly Mount Hermon - the principal mountain pertaining to Bashan. The name Bashan was properly given to the country, and not to the mountain. The mountain referred to - Hermon - is that lofty range which lies on the east of the Jordan, and in the northern part of the country - a range some twelve thousand feet in height. See the notes at Psalm 42:6. It is the most lofty and distinguished mountain in Palestine, and the idea here, as above expressed, is, that Mount Zion, though not so lofty, or not having so much in itself to attract attention, was not less honored, and not less safe, as being the special dwelling-place of God.

An high hill … - Or rather; a mount of peaks or ridges as Bashan. Mount Hermon was not a single hill, or a detached mountain, but a chain of mountains - a range of lofty peaks or summits. So of Zion. It was by the presence and protection of God what Bashan was by its natural strength and grandeur. Comparatively low and unimportant as Zion was, it had in fact more in it to show what God is, and to constitute safety, than there was in the loftiness and grandeur of Bashan. The latter, though thus lofty and grand, had no “advantage” over Zion, but Zion might in every way be compared with that lofty range of hills which, by their natural position, their strength, and their grandeur, showed forth so much the greatness and glory of God. The teaching would be, as applied to Zion, or the Church, that there is “as much” there to show the divine perfections, to illustrate the greatness and the power of God, as there is in the most sublime works of nature; or that they who look upon the works of God in nature to learn his perfections, have no advantage over those who seek to learn what he is in his church.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan - This and the following verse should be read thus: "Is Mount Bashan the craggy mount, Mount Bashan, the mount of God? Why envy ye, ye craggy mounts? This is the mount of God in which he has desired to dwell." The Targum countenances this translation: Mount Moriah, the place where our fathers of old worshipped God, is chosen to build on it the house of the sanctuary, and Mount Sinai for the giving of the law. Mount Bashan, Mount Tabor, and Carmel are rejected; they are made as Mount Bashan."

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