Psalms 68
For the music leader. Of David. A psalm. A song.
1Let God rise up;
let his enemies scatter;
let those who hate him
run scared before him!
2Like smoke is driven away,
drive them away!
Like wax melting before fire,
let the wicked perish before God!
3But let the righteous be glad
and celebrate before God.
Let them rejoice with gladness!
4Sing to God! Sing praises to his name!
Exalt the one who rides the clouds!
The LORD is his name.
Celebrate before him!
5Father of orphans and defender of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6God settles the lonely in their homes;
he sets prisoners free with happiness,#Or skillfully; LXX, Vulg with strength; Heb uncertain
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
7When you went forth before your people, God,
when you marched through the wasteland, Selah
8the earth shook!
Yes, heaven poured down
before God, the one from Sinai—
before God, the God of Israel!
9You showered down abundant rain, God;
when your inheritance grew weary,
you restored it yourself,
10and your creatures settled in it.
In your goodness, God,
you provided for the poor.
11My Lord gives the command—
many messengers are bringing good news:
12"The kings of armies are on the run!
The women back home divide the spoil.
13Even if you lie down among the sheepfolds,
there are wings of a dove covered with silver;
its pinions covered in precious gold."#Heb uncertain
14When the Almighty#Heb Shaddai scattered the kings there,
snow fell on Mount Zalmon.
15Mighty mountain, Mount Bashan;
many-peaked mountain, Mount Bashan!
16You many-peaked mountain:
Why do you look with envy
at the mountain God desired for his dwelling,
the mountain where the LORD dwells forever?
17God’s chariots are twice ten thousand—
countless thousands!
My Lord came from Sinai#Correction; MT My Lord was among them, the one from Sinai, in holiness. into the sanctuary.
18You ascended the heights,
leading away your captives,
receiving tribute from people,
even from those who rebel
against the LORD God’s dwelling there.
19Bless the Lord!
The God of our salvation
supports us day after day! Selah
20Our God is the God of salvation,
and escape from certain death comes through God my LORD.
21Yes, God will shatter the heads of his enemies—
the very skulls of those who walk in guilt.
22My Lord has spoken:
"From Bashan I will bring those people back.
I will bring them back from the ocean’s depths
23so that you can wash your feet in their blood,
so that your dogs’ tongues
can lap up their share of your enemies."
24They saw your procession, God—
the procession of my God,
my king, into the sanctuary.
25First came the singers,
then the musicians;
between them the young women
were playing hand drums:
26"Bless God in the great congregation;
bless the LORD from Israel’s fountain!"
27There’s Benjamin leading them,
though he’s little;
then the princes of Judah,
their speaker;
then the princes of Zebulun
and the princes of Naphtali.
28Summon your strength, God!
Show how strong you are, God,
just as you’ve done for us before,
29from your temple above Jerusalem,
where kings bring you gifts.
30Rebuke the wild animals of the marshland,
the herd of bulls among the calves of the peoples.
Trample those who delight in money;
scatter the peoples who take pleasure in battles.
31Let ambassadors come from Egypt;
let Cush stretch out its hands to God.
32Sing to God, all kingdoms of the earth!
Sing praises to my Lord. Selah
33Sing to the one who rides through heaven,
the most ancient heaven.
Look! God sends forth his voice,
his mighty voice.
34Recognize how strong God is!
His majesty extends over Israel;
his strength is in the clouds.
35You are awesome, God, in your sanctuaries—
the God of Israel who gives strength and power to his people!
Bless God!
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