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Psalm 110:6

By Don Costello

Psalm 110:6

He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

a. Various translations.

1). [New living Translation] He will punish the nations and fill their lands with corpses; he will shatter heads over the whole earth.

2). [NIV] He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

3). [RSV] He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.

1. “He shall judge among the heathen”

a. It seems this portion of the verse jumps into the period after the second coming, reflected in a number of verses from the Prophets. The wording is almost identical.

1). Isaiah 2:2-4 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

2). Micah 4:1-3 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

2. “he shall fill the places with the dead bodies”

a. fill [4390 * Yimla][Strong: a primitive root, to fill or (intransitively) be full of, in a wide application (literally and figuratively):–accomplish, confirm, + consecrate, be at an end, be expired, be fenced, fill, fulfil, (be, become, X draw, give in, go) full(-ly, -ly set, tale), (over-)flow, fulness, furnish, gather (selves, together), presume, replenish, satisfy, set, space, take a (hand-)full, + have wholly.

1). Since the two words “the places” are not in the text, it could mean as the New Living Translation reads, “He will punish the nations and fill their lands with corpses”

2). A verse in Jeremiah matches this thought exactly.

a). Jeremiah 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

b. dead bodies [1472 * geviyah][Gesenius: body, a dead body, a corpse.

1). A number of Scriptures make these references.

a). Isaiah 34:1-8 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.

For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

b). Isaiah 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

3. “he shall wound the heads over many countries.”

a. wound [4272 * machats][Strong: to dash asunder; by implication, to crush, smash or violently plunge; figuratively, to subdue or destroy:–dip, pierce (through), smite (through), strike through, wound.

b. heads [7218 * ro’sh][Strong: the head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.):–band, beginning, captain, chapiter, chief(-est place, man, things), company, end, X every (man), excellent, first, forefront, ((be-))head, height, (on) high(-est part, (priest)), X lead, X poor, principal, ruler, sum, top.]

1). Psalm 68:21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

2). Habakkuk 3:13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

c. In a previously cited verse in Isaiah 2:4 it says, “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people” Perhaps because they followed such an ungodly leader?

My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God’s word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.

My e-mail address is costello.don@gmail.com

I have a blog located at:

http://www.theophilus-loverofgodsword.blogspot.com/

Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.comCHRISTIAN WRITER

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