Psalms 68
Praise to God for Providing Victory
For the music director. Of David. A psalm. A song.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1God will arise; his enemies will be scattered,
and those who hate him will flee from before him.
2As smoke is driven off, you will drive them off.
As wax melts before fire,
the wicked will perish before God.
3But the righteous will be glad; they will exalt before God,
and will rejoice with joy.
4Sing to God, sing praises to his name.
Lift up a song to the rider on the clouds—his name is Yah—#A shortened form of “Yahweh”
and rejoice before him.
5A father to orphans and a judge for widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6God settles the lonely in a home;
he brings prisoners out into prosperity.
But the rebellious abide in a barren land.
7O God, when you went out before your people,
when you marched through the desert, Selah
8the earth shook; the heavens also dripped rain
at the presence of God who was at Sinai,
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9You caused abundant rain to fall, O God.
When your inheritance was weary you revived it.
10Your community dwelled in it.
You provided in your goodness for the poor, O God.
11The Lord gives the word.
Great is the company of women who announce:
12“The kings of armies flee, they flee,
and she who remains at home divides the spoil.
13Though you men lie down between the sheepfolds,
you will be like the wings of a dove covered in silver
and its pinions in yellow gold.”
14When Shaddai scattered kings on it,
on Zalmon it snowed.#Or “you caused it to snow on”
15A mountain of God#Or “A mighty mountain” is the mountain of Bashan;
a mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
16Why do you look with hostility, O many-peaked mountains?
This#Hebrew “The” mountain God desires for his dwelling.
Yes, Yahweh will abide in it forever.
17The chariots of God
are twice ten thousand, with thousands doubled.
The Lord is among them at Sinai, distinctive in victory.#Or “as at Sinai, in the sanctuary”
18You have ascended on high; you have led away captives.
You have received gifts from among humankind,
and even from the rebellious, so that Yah#A shortened form of “Yahweh” God may dwell there.
19Blessed be the Lord. Daily he loads us with benefits,#Or “daily carries our burden”
the God of our salvation.#Or “victory” Selah
20Our God is a God of deliverances,
and to the Yahweh the Lord belong escapes from death.
21But God will shatter the head of his enemies,
the hairy scalp of the one who continues on#Literally “is walking about” in his guilt.
22The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan;
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23so that your foot may shatter them bloody
for the tongues of your dogs to have their share from the enemies.”
24They have seen your processions, O God,
the processions of my God, my king, distinctive in victory.#Or “into the sanctuary”
25Singers went up front, those playing stringed instruments last,
between them young women playing tambourines.
26Bless God in the assemblies,
Yahweh from the fountain of Israel.
27There is little Benjamin ruling them,
with the princes of Judah in their throng,
the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
28Your God has commanded your strength.
Show yourself strong, O God, by what you perform#Or “you who have worked” for us.
29Because your temple is above Jerusalem,
kings will bring tribute to you.
30Rebuke the beasts in#Hebrew “of” the reeds,
the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
trampling the pieces of silver.#Or “until each humbles himself by offering pieces of silver”
Scatter the nations who delight in battles.
31Ambassadors#Reading with the LXX; meaning uncertain will come from Egypt;
Cush will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
32O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
sing praise to the Lord, Selah
33to the one who rides in the highest heavens of old.
See, he gives forth his voice, a mighty voice.
34Ascribe strength to God.
His majesty is over Israel,
and his strength is in the clouds.
35Awesome are you, O God, from your sanctuary.#Hebrew “sanctuaries”
The God of Israel, it is he who gives strength and might to the people.
Blessed be God.
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