Psalms 76
(A song and a psalm for the music leader. Use stringed instruments.)
God always wins
1You, our God,
are famous in Judah
and honoured in Israel.
2Your home is on Mount Zion
in the city of peace.
3There you destroyed
fiery arrows, shields, swords,
and all the other weapons.
4You are more glorious than
the eternal mountains.#76.4 the eternal mountains: One ancient translation; Hebrew “the mountains of victims (of wild animals)”.
5Brave warriors were robbed
of what they had taken,
and now they lie dead,
unable to lift an arm.
6God of Jacob, when you roar,
enemy chariots and horses
drop dead in their tracks.
7Our God, you are fearsome,
and no one can oppose you
when you are angry.
8From heaven you announced
your decisions as judge!
And all who live on this earth
were terrified and silent
9when you took over as judge,
ready to rescue
everyone in need.
10Even the most angry people
will praise you
when you are furious.#76.10 furious: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 10.
11Everyone, make your promises
to the LORD your God
and do what you promise.
The LORD is fearsome,
and all his servants
should bring him gifts.
12God destroys the courage
of rulers and kings
and makes cowards of them.