Psalm 68
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The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

For the music director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

1[a]May God arise, [b]may His enemies be scattered,

And [c]may those who hate Him flee from His presence.

2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;

As wax melts before a fire,

So the wicked will perish before God.

3But the righteous will be joyful; they will rejoice before God;

Yes, they will rejoice with gladness.

4Sing to God, sing praises to His name;

[d]Exalt Him who rides through the deserts,

Whose name is [e]the LORD, and be jubilant before Him.

5A father of the fatherless and a judge [f]for the widows,

Is God in His holy dwelling.

6God [g]makes a home for the lonely;

He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,

Only the rebellious live in parched lands.

7God, when You went forth before Your people,

When You marched through the desert, Selah

8The earth quaked;

The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;

[h]Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9You made plentiful rain fall, God;

You confirmed Your inheritance when it was [i]parched.

10Your creatures settled in it;

In Your kindness You provided for the poor, God.

11The Lord gives the [j]command;

The women who proclaim good news are a great army:

12“Kings of armies flee, they flee,

And she who remains at home will divide the spoils!”

13[k]When you lie down among the sheepfolds,

You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,

And its pinions with [l]glistening gold.

14When the Almighty scattered the kings [m]there,

It was snowing in Zalmon.

15The mountain of Bashan is a [n]mountain of God;

The mountain of Bashan is a mountain of many peaks.

16Why do you look with envy, you mountains of many peaks,

At the mountain God has desired as His dwelling?

Indeed, the LORD will dwell there forever.

17The chariots of God are [o]myriads, thousands upon thousands;

[p]The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.

18You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;

You have received gifts among people,

Even among the rebellious as well, that [q]the LORD God may dwell there.

19Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,

The God who is our salvation. Selah

20God is to us a God of salvation;

And to [r]GOD the Lord belong ways of escape [s]from death.

21God certainly will shatter the heads of His enemies,

The hairy [t]head of one who goes about in his guilt.

22The Lord [u]said, “I will bring them back from Bashan.

I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,

23So that [v]your foot may shatter them in blood,

And the tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”

24They have seen Your procession, God,

The procession of my God, my King, [w]into the sanctuary.

25The singers went on, the musicians after them,

[x]In the midst of the young women beating tambourines.

26Bless God in the congregations,

Even the LORD, you who are of the fountain of Israel.

27Benjamin, the [y]youngest, is there, [z]ruling them,

The leaders of Judah in their company,

The leaders of Zebulun, the leaders of Naphtali.

28[aa]Your God has commanded your strength;

Show Yourself strong, God, You who acted [ab]in our behalf.

29[ac]Because of Your temple at Jerusalem

Kings will bring gifts to You.

30Rebuke the animals [ad]in the reeds,

The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,

Trampling the pieces of silver;

He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.

31[ae]Messengers will come from Egypt;

[af]Cush will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,

Sing praises to the Lord, Selah

33To Him who rides upon the [ag]highest heavens, which are from ancient times;

Behold, He [ah]speaks with His voice, a mighty voice.

34Ascribe strength to God;

His majesty is over Israel,

And His strength is in the [ai]skies.

35[aj]God, You are awesome from Your [ak]sanctuary.

The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.

Blessed be God!

[a] 1 Or God shall
[b] 1 Or His enemies shall
[c] 1 Or those who hate Him shall
[d] 4 Or Prepare the way for Him
[e] 4 Heb YAH
[f] 5 Lit of
[g] 6 Lit makes the solitary to dwell in a house
[h] 8 Lit This is Sinai which
[i] 9 Lit weary
[j] 11 Lit word
[k] 13 Lit If
[l] 13 I.e., gold alloyed with silver
[m] 14 Lit in it
[n] 15 Or mighty mountain
[o] 17 Lit twice 10,000
[p] 17 Another reading is The Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary
[q] 18 Heb YAH
[r] 20 Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
[s] 20 I.e., in view of; lit for
[t] 21 Lit skull
[u] 22 Or says
[v] 23 Some ancient versions render, you may bathe your foot in blood
[w] 24 Or in holiness
[x] 25 Or The maidens in the midst
[y] 27 Or smallest
[z] 27 Or their ruler
[aa] 28 Some mss Command, God
[ab] 28 Lit for us
[ac] 29 Or From Your temple
[ad] 30 Lit of
[ae] 31 As in LXX; MT uncertain, possibly, Articles of bronze; or Articles of red cloth
[af] 31 Or Ethiopia
[ag] 33 Lit heaven of heavens of old
[ah] 33 Lit gives forth
[ai] 34 Lit clouds
[aj] 35 Or Awesome is God from your sanctuary
[ak] 35 Lit holy places

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