1For the leader. A psalm of David. A song:
2Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered;
let those who hate him flee from his presence.
3Drive them away as smoke is driven away;
like wax melting in the presence of a fire,
let the wicked perish in the presence of God.
4But let the righteous rejoice and be glad in God’s presence;
yes, let them exult and rejoice.
5Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
extol him who rides on the clouds
by his name, Yah;
and be glad in his presence.
6God in his holy dwelling,
is a father to orphans and defender of widows.
7God gives homes to those who are alone
and leads prisoners out into prosperity.
But rebels must live in a parched wasteland.
8God, when you went out at the head of your people,
when you marched out through the wilderness, (Selah)
9the earth quaked, and rain poured from the sky,
at the presence of God.
Even Sinai [shook] at the presence of God,
the God of Isra’el.
10You rained down showers in plenty, God;
when your heritage was weary, you restored it.
11Your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, God, you provided for the poor.
12Adonai gives the command;
the women with the good news are a mighty army.
13Kings and their armies are fleeing, fleeing,
while the women at home divide the spoil.
14Even if you lie among the animal stalls,
there are wings of a dove covered with silver
and its plumes with green gold.
15When Shaddai scatters kings there,
snow falls on Tzalmon.
16You mighty mountain, Mount Bashan!
You rugged mountain, Mount Bashan!
17You rugged mountain, why look with envy
at the mountain God wants for his place to live?
Truly, Adonai will live there forever.
18God’s chariots are myriads, repeated thousands;
Adonai is among them as in Sinai, in holiness.
19After you went up into the heights,
you led captivity captive,
you took gifts among mankind,
yes, even among the rebels,
so that Yah, God, might live there.
20Blessed be Adonai!
Every day he bears our burden,
does God, our salvation. (Selah)
21Our God is a God who saves;
from Adonai Adonai comes escape from death.
22God will surely crush the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crowns of those who continue in their guilt.
23Adonai said, “I will bring them back from Bashan,
I will fetch [those rebels] even from the depths of the sea;
24so that you can wash your feet in their blood,
and your dogs’ tongues too can get their share from your foes.
25They see your processions, God,
the processions of my God, my king, in holiness.
26The singers are in front, the musicians last,
in the middle are girls playing tambourines.
27“In choruses, bless God, Adonai,
you whose source is Isra’el.”
28There is Binyamin, the youngest, at the head;
the princes of Y’hudah, crowding along;
the princes of Z’vulun; the princes of Naftali.
29God, summon your strength!
Use your strength, God, as you did for us before,
30from your temple in Yerushalayim,
where kings will bring tribute to you.
31Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds,
that herd of bulls with their calves, the peoples,
who ingratiate themselves with bars of silver;
let him scatter the peoples who take pleasure in fighting.
32Let envoys come from Egypt,
Let Ethiopia stretch out its hands to God.
33Sing to God, kingdoms of the earth!
Sing praises to Adonai, (Selah)
34to him who rides on the most ancient heavens.
Listen, as he utters his voice, a mighty voice!
35Acknowledge that strength belongs to God,
with his majesty over Isra’el and his strength in the skies.
36How awe-inspiring you are, God,
from your holy places,
the God of Isra’el, who gives strength
and power to the people.
Blessed be God!