Psalms 68
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Psalms 68

68
Praise and Thanksgiving
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. A Song.
1Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;
let those who hate him flee before him.
2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
as wax melts before the fire,
let the wicked perish before God.
3But let the righteous be joyful;
let them exult before God;
let them be jubilant with joy.
4Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds#68.4 Or cast up a highway for him who rides through the deserts
his name is the Lord
be exultant before him.
5Father of orphans and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6God gives the desolate a home to live in;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a parched land.
7O God, when you went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
8the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
you restored your heritage when it languished;
10your flock found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
11The Lord gives the command;
great is the company of those#68.11 Or company of the women who bore the tidings:
12“The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!”
The women at home divide the spoil,
13though they stay among the sheepfolds—
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
its pinions with green gold.
14When the Almighty#68.14 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai scattered kings there,
snow fell on Zalmon.
15O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan;
O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!
16Why do you look with envy, O many-peaked mountain,
at the mount that God desired for his abode,
where the Lord will reside forever?
17With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand,
thousands upon thousands,
the Lord came from Sinai into the holy place.#68.17 Cn: Heb The Lord among them Sinai in the holy (place)
18You ascended the high mount,
leading captives in your train
and receiving gifts from people,
even from those who rebel against the Lord God's abiding there.
19Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah
20Our God is a God of salvation,
and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death.
21But God will shatter the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crown of those who walk in their guilty ways.
22The Lord said,
“I will bring them back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23so that you may bathe#68.23 Gk Syr Tg: Heb shatter your feet in blood,
so that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the foe.”
24Your solemn processions are seen,#68.24 Or have been seen O God,
the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
25the singers in front, the musicians last,
between them girls playing tambourines:
26“Bless God in the great congregation,
the Lord, O you who are of Israel's fountain!”
27There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
the princes of Judah in a body,
the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
28Summon your might, O God;
show your strength, O God, as you have done for us before.
29Because of your temple at Jerusalem
kings bear gifts to you.
30Rebuke the wild animals that live among the reeds,
the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
Trample#68.30 Cn: Heb Trampling under foot those who lust after tribute;
scatter the peoples who delight in war.#68.30 Meaning of Heb of verse 30 is uncertain
31Let bronze be brought from Egypt;
let Ethiopia#68.31 Or Nubia; Heb Cush hasten to stretch out its hands to God.
32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel;
and whose power is in the skies.
35Awesome is God in his#68.35 Gk: Heb from your sanctuary,
the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!

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