Tonight my church's widow ministry (specifically targeted to young widows) will have our first meeting. I am privileged to lead this group as we learn that we are not on this journey alone.
Our theme verse is Psalm 68:5-6. This verse has been near-and-dear to my heart for several years (as evidenced by the faded and water-spotted handwritten 3x5 card next to my bathroom mirror).
It reflects God's heart for widows and for the fatherless. This morning I looked up Ps. 68:5-6 in almost every version offered by Bible Gateway. Below are some of my favorites.
New International Version:
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
New International Reader's Version:
God is in his holy temple.
He is a father to those whose fathers have died.
He takes care of women whose husbands have died.
God gives lonely people a family.
He sets prisoners free, and they go out singing.
But those who refuse to obey him
live in a land that is baked by the sun.
Holman Christian Standard Bible:
God in His holy dwelling is
a father of the fatherless
and a champion of widows.
God provides homes for those who are deserted.
He leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a scorched land.
New Living Translation:
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
New Century Version:
God is in his holy Temple.
He is a father to orphans,
and he defends the widows.
God gives the lonely a home.
He leads prisoners out with joy,
but those who turn against God will live in a dry land.
Which version speaks to you?