Psalm 68:1
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New International Version
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song. May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David. Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies. Let those who hate God run for their lives.

English Standard Version
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song. God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!

New American Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song. Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Him flee before Him.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. A song. God arises. His enemies scatter, and those who hate Him flee from His presence.

International Standard Version
God arises, and his enemies are scattered. Those who hate him flee from his presence.

NET Bible
For the music director; by David, a psalm, a song. God springs into action! His enemies scatter; his adversaries run from him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let God arise and let all his enemies be scattered and his haters will flee from before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; a psalm by David; a song.] God will arise. His enemies will be scattered. Those who hate him will flee from him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let those that hate him flee before him.

King James 2000 Bible
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

American King James Version
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

American Standard Version
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; Let them also that hate him flee before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, a psalm of a canticle for David himself. Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him flee from before his face.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. Of David. A Psalm: a Song.} Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered, and let them that hate him flee before him.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David, a Song. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

World English Bible
Let God arise! Let his enemies be scattered! Let them who hate him also flee before him.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm, a song of David. Rise doth God -- scattered are His enemies! And those hating Him flee from His face.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

68:1-6 None ever hardened his heart against God, and prospered. God is the joy of his people, then let them rejoice when they come before him. He who derives his being from none, but gives being to all, is engaged by promise and covenant to bless his people. He is to be praised as a God of mercy and tender compassion. He ever careth for the afflicted and oppressed: repenting sinners, who are helpless and exposed more than any fatherless children, are admitted into his family, and share all their blessings.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him. Compare the chant with which the ark set forth in the wilderness, "Rise up, Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee" (Numbers 10:35). Both utterances are expressions of confidence, that, whenever God arises, his enemies will be scattered and dispersed before him. Neither refers to any one special occasion.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let God arise,.... Which, as Kimchi observes, is either by way of prayer, or by way of prophecy; and in either way the sense is the same: for, if it is considered as a prayer, it is a prayer of faith that so it would be; or, if as a prophecy, it is certain that so it should be. And this is to be understood of the same divine Person, whose chariots the angels are; who is said to be the "Adonai", or "Lord" in the midst of them; and of whom it is prophesied that he should ascend to heaven, Psalm 68:17; even the Messiah, who is God over all. And this "arising", attributed to him, may be interpreted either of his incarnation, his exhibition and manifestation in the flesh; which is sometimes called in Scripture a raising of him up, as in Acts 3:26; or of his resurrection from the dead, as it is interpreted by many of the ancients; which, as it was a certain thing, and previous to his ascension hereafter spoken of, so it was a proof of his deity; for though it was only the man that rose, who died and was buried, yet as in union with the divine Person of the Son of God, and who rose by virtue of that union; and thereby he was declared to be the Son of God with power. Or else rather this is to be understood of his arising and exerting his power as a man of war, as a mighty and victorious hero, on the behalf of his people, and against his enemies; as he did when he arose and met Satan, the prince of the world, and engaged with all the powers of darkness; see Psalm 45:3; and this sense is confirmed by what follows:

let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him: the sense of these two clauses is the same; his enemies, and those that hate him, are the same persons; and to be scattered and flee express the same things; for enemies, being discomfited, flee and scatter. Some interpret this of the watch set to guard our Lord's sepulchre; who, upon his rising from the dead, were filled with great fear and dread, and scattered, and fled to the priests, to acquaint them with what was done: others, of the Jewish nation in general, who were enemies to Christ; and hated him, and would not have him to reign over them; against whom he rose up and exerted his great strength; came in his kingdom and power against them; poured out his wrath upon them to the uttermost; which issued in the utter destruction of them, as a body politic; and in the entire dispersion of them in all countries, which remains until quite recently. Or rather the whole is to be applied to Satan, and to his principalities and powers; the professed enemies of Christ, personal and mystical; who, when he arose and exerted his mighty power in his conflict with them, in the garden and on the cross, were spoiled and dissipated, and obliged to fly before him: and who at the same time overcame the world, made an end of sin, abolished death, as well as destroyed him which had the power of it; see Numbers 10:35.

The Treasury of David

1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Psalm 68:1

"Let God arise." In some such words Moses spake when the cloud moved onward, and the ark was carried forward. The ark would have been a poor leader if the Lord had not been present with the symbol. Before we move; we should always desire to see the Lord lead the way. The words suppose the Lord to have been passive for awhile, suffering his enemies to rage, but restraining his power. Israel beseeches him to arise, as elsewhere to "awake, gird on his sword," and other similar expressions. We, also, may thus importunately cry unto the Lord, that he would be pleased to make bare his arm, and plead his own cause. "Let his enemies be scattered." Our glorious Captain of the vanguard clears the way readily, however many may seek to obstruct it; he has but to arise, and they flee, he has easily over-thrown his foes in days of yore, and will do so all through the ages to come. Sin, death, and hell know the terror of his arm; their ranks are broken at his approach. Our enemies are his enemies, and in this is our confidence of victory. "Let them also that hate him flee before him." To hate the infinitely good God is infamous, and the worst punishment is not too severe. Hatred of God is impotent. His proudest foes can do him no injury. Alarmed beyond measure, they shall flee before it comes to blows. Long before the army of Israel can come into the fray, the haters of God shall flee before HIM who is the champion of his chosen. He comes, he sees, he conquers. How fitting a prayer is this for the commencement of a revival! How it suggests the true mode of conducting one: - the Lord leads the way, his people follow, the enemies flee.

Psalm 68:2

"As smoke is driven away." Easily the wind chases the smoke, completely it removes it, no trace is left; so, Lord, do thou to the foes of thy people. They fume in pride, they darken the sky with their malice, they mount higher and higher in arrogance, they defile wherever they prevail: Lord, let thy breath, thy Spirit, thy Providence, make them to vanish for ever from the march of thy people. Philosophic scepticism is as flimsy and as foul as smoke; may the Lord deliver his Church from the reek of it. "As wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God." Wax is hard by itself, but put it to the fire, how soft it is. Wicked men are haughty till they come into contact with the Lord, and then they faint for fear; their hearts melt like wax when they feel the power of his anger. Wax, also, burns and passes away; the taper is utterly consumed by the flame: so shall all the boastful power of the opposers of the gospel be as a thing of nought. Rome, like the candles on her altars, shall dissolve, and with equal certainty shall infidelity disappear. Israel saw, in the ark, God on the mercy-seat - power in connection with propitiation - and they rejoiced in the omnipotence of such a manifestation; this is even more clearly the confidence of the New Testament church, for we see Jesus, the appointed atonement, clothed with glory and majesty, and before his advance all opposition melts like snow in the sun, the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hands. When he comes by his Holy Spirit, conquest is the result; but when he arises in person, his foes shall utterly perish.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

PSALM 68

Ps 68:1-35. This is a Psalm-song (see on [604]Ps 30:1, title), perhaps suggested by David's victories, which secured his throne and gave rest to the nation. In general terms, the judgment of God on the wicked, and the equity and goodness of His government to the pious, are celebrated. The sentiment is illustrated by examples of God's dealings, cited from the Jewish history and related in highly poetical terms. Hence the writer intimates an expectation of equal and even greater triumphs and summons all nations to unite in praises of the God of Israel. The Psalm is evidently typical of the relation which God, in the person of His Son, sustains to the Church (compare Ps 68:18).

1-3. Compare Nu 10:35; Ps 1:4; 22:14, on the figures here used.

before him—as in Ps 68:2, from His presence, as dreaded; but in Ps 68:3, in His presence, as under His protection (Ps 61:7).

Psalm 68:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Let God's Enemies Be Scattered!
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song. Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Him flee before Him. 2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish before God.…
Cross References
Numbers 10:35
Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, "Rise up, LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you."

Psalm 12:5
"Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD. "I will protect them from those who malign them."

Psalm 89:10
You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.

Psalm 92:9
For surely your enemies, LORD, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.

Psalm 132:8
Arise, LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.

Jeremiah 46:15
Why will your warriors be laid low? They cannot stand, for the LORD will push them down.
Treasury of Scripture

Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

A.M.

God arise

Psalm 7:6,7 Arise, O LORD, in your anger, lift up yourself because of the rage …

Psalm 44:26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for your mercies' sake.

Psalm 78:65-68 Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that …

Psalm 132:8,9 Arise, O LORD, into your rest; you, and the ark of your strength…

Numbers 10:35 And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise …

2 Chronicles 6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into your resting place, you, and …

Isaiah 33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of …

Isaiah 42:13,14 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy …

Isaiah 51:9,10 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the …

be scattered

Psalm 68:14,30 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon…

Psalm 59:11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by your power; …

Isaiah 41:15,16 Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: …

Ezekiel 5:2 You shall burn with fire a third part in the middle of the city, …

Ezekiel 12:14,15 And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help …

Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, …

that hate

Psalm 21:8 Your hand shall find out all your enemies: your right hand shall …

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the …

Deuteronomy 7:10 And repays them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he …

John 14:23,24 Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love me, he will keep my …

before him [heb.] from his face

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