Psalm 68
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

God’s Majestic Power

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. A song.

1God arises. His enemies scatter,

and those who hate Him flee from His presence.a

2As smoke is blown away,

so You blow them away.

As wax melts before the fire,

so the wicked are destroyed before God.b

3But the righteous are glad;

they rejoice before God and celebrate with joy.c

4Sing to God! Sing praises to His name.

Exalt Him who rides on the cloudsd —

His name is Yahwehe — and rejoice before Him.f

5God in His holy dwelling is

a father of the fatherless

and a champion of widows.g

6God provides homes for those who are deserted.

He leads out the prisoners to prosperity,h

but the rebellious live in a scorched land.i

7God, when You went out before Your people,

when You marched through the desert,Selah

8the earth trembled and the skies poured down rain

before God, the God of Sinai,j

before God, the God of Israel.k

9You, God, showered abundant rain;

You revived Your inheritance when it languished.l

10Your people settled in it;

God, You provided for the poor by Your goodness.m

11The Lord gave the command;

a great company of women brought the good news:n

12The kings of the armies flee — they flee! ”

She who stays at home divides the spoil.o

13Whilep you lie among the sheepfolds,q

the wings of a dove are covered with silver,

and its feathers with glistening gold.r

14When the Almighty scattered kings in the land,

it snowed on Zalmon.s, t

15Mount Bashan is God’s towering mountain;

Mount Bashan is a mountain of many peaks.u

16Why gaze with envy, you mountain peaks,

at the mountainv God desired for His dwelling?

The LORD will live there forever!w

17God’s chariots are tens of thousands,

thousands and thousands;x

the Lord is among them in the sanctuaryy

as He was at Sinai.z

18You ascended to the heights, taking away captives;

You received gifts fromaa people,

even from the rebellious,

so that the LORD God might live there.ab, ac

19May the Lord be praised!

Day after day He bears our burdens;

God is our salvation.adSelah

20Our God is a God of salvation,

and escape from death belongs to the Lord

21Surely God crushes the heads of His enemies,

the hairy head of one who goes on in his guilty

22The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan;

I will bring them back from the depths of the seaag

23so that your foot may wadeah in blood

and your dogs’ tongues may have their share

from the enemies.”ai

24People have seen Your procession, God,

the procession of my God,

my King, in the sanctuary.aj, ak

25Singersal lead the way,

with musicians following;

among them are young women


26Praise God in the assemblies;

praise the LORD from the fountain of

27There is Benjamin, the youngest, leading them,

the rulers of Judah in their assembly,ao

the rulers of Zebulun, the rulers of Naphtali.ap

28Your God has decreed your strength.

Show Your strength, God,

You who have acted on our

29Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,

kings will bring tribute to

30Rebuke the beastas in the reeds,

the herd of bulls with the calves of the

Trample underfoot those with bars of

Scatter the peoples who take pleasure in war.av

31Ambassadors will comeaw from Egypt;

Cush will stretch out its handsax to God.ay

32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;

sing praise to the Lord,azSelah

33to Him who rides in the ancient, highest

Look, He thunders with His powerful voice!bb

34Ascribe power to God.

His majesty is over Israel,

His power among the clouds.bc

35God, You are awe-inspiring in Your sanctuaries.

The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.

May God be praised!bd

a. 68:1 Nm 10:35; Ps 7:6; Ezk 30:26
b. 68:2 Ps 37:20; Hs 13:3
c. 68:3 Ps 32:11; 40:16; 64:10
d. 68:4 Or rides through the desert
e. 68:4 Lit Yah
f. 68:4 Dt 33:26; Ps 7:17; 66:4; Is 19:1
g. 68:5 Dt 24:17,19; Ps 146:9
h. 68:6 Or prisoners with joyous music ; Hb uncertain
i. 68:6 Ps 107:14; 113:9; 146:7
j. 68:8 Lit God, this Sinai
k. 68:7-8 Ex 19:16-18; Jdg 5:4-5
l. 68:9 Lv 26:4; Ezk 34:26
m. 68:10 Ps 74:19; 78:20; 107:9
n. 68:11 1Sm 18:6-7
o. 68:12 Jos 10:16; Jdg 5:30
p. 68:13 Or If
q. 68:13 Or campfires, or saddlebags ; Hb obscure
r. 68:13 Gn 49:14; Jdg 5:16
s. 68:14 Or Black Mountain
t. 68:14 Jos 10:10; Jdg 9:48
u. 68:15 Ps 36:6
v. 68:16 = Mount Zion
w. 68:16 Ps 48:1-2; 132:13-14; Is 2:2-4
x. 68:17 Hab 3:8
y. 68:17 Or in holiness
z. 68:17 Dt 33:2
aa. 68:18 Lit among
ab. 68:18 Or even those rebelling against the Lord God’s living there, or even rebels are living with the Lord God ; Hb obscure
ac. 68:18 Dt 21:10; Ps 7:7; Eph 4:8
ad. 68:19 Ps 55:22; Is 46:3-4
ae. 68:20 Dt 32:39; Ps 49:15; 56:13
af. 68:21 Ps 110:6; Hab 3:13
ag. 68:22 Nm 21:33; Am 9:1-4
ah. 68:23 LXX, Syr read dip
ai. 68:23 1Kg 21:19; 22:38; Jr 15:3
aj. 68:24 Or in holiness
ak. 68:24 Ps 42:4; Is 60:11
al. 68:25 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr read Officials
am. 68:25 Ex 15:20; Jdg 11:34; 1Sm 18:6
an. 68:26 Ps 22:25; 26:12
ao. 68:27 Hb obscure
ap. 68:27 Jdg 5:14,18; 1Sm 9:21
aq. 68:28 Ps 44:4; Is 26:12
ar. 68:29 Ps 72:10; Is 18:7; Hg 2:7
as. 68:30 Probably Egypt
at. 68:30 Ps 22:12
au. 68:30 Or peoples, trampling on those who take pleasure in silver, or peoples, trampling on the bars of silver, or peoples, who trample each other for bars of silver
av. 68:30 Ps 18:42; 89:10
aw. 68:31 Or They bring red cloth, or They bring bronze
ax. 68:31 Probably with tribute or in submission
ay. 68:31 Is 45:14; Zph 3:10
az. 68:32 Ps 67:4; 102:22
ba. 68:33 Dt 33:26
bb. 68:33 Ps 29:3-5; 46:6; Is 30:30
bc. 68:34 Ps 29:1; 150:1
bd. 68:35 Dt 10:21; Ps 29:11; Is 40:29
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