68 [a]Let God arise, [b]let His enemies be scattered, And [c]let those who hate Him flee before Him. 2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish before God. 3 But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; [d]Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is [e]the Lord, and exult before Him.
5 A father of the fatherless and a judge [f]for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. 6 God [g]makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
7 O God, when You went forth before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, [h]Selah. 8 The earth quaked; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; [i]Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was [j]parched. 10 Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.
11 The Lord gives the [k]command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host: 12 “Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!” 13 [l]When you lie down among the [m]sheepfolds, You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And its pinions with glistening gold. 14 When the Almighty scattered the kings [n]there, It was snowing in Zalmon.
15 A [o]mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan. 16 Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks, At the mountain which God has desired for His abode? Surely the Lord will dwell there forever. 17 The chariots of God are [p]myriads, thousands upon thousands; [q]The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness. 18 You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even among the rebellious also, that [r]the Lord God may dwell there.
19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah. 20 God is to us a God of deliverances; And to [s]God the Lord belong escapes [t]from death. 21 Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds. 22 The Lord [u]said, “I will bring them back from Bashan. I will bring them back from the depths of the sea; 23 That [v]your foot may shatter them in blood, The tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”
24 They have seen Your [w]procession, O God, The [x]procession of my God, my King, [y]into the sanctuary. 25 The singers went on, the musicians after them, [z]In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines. 26 Bless God in the congregations, Even the Lord, you who are of the fountain of Israel. 27 There is Benjamin, the [aa]youngest, [ab]ruling them, The princes of Judah in their throng, The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
28 [ac]Your God has commanded your strength; Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted [ad]on our behalf. 29 [ae]Because of Your temple at Jerusalem Kings will bring gifts to You. 30 Rebuke the beasts [af]in the reeds, The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, Trampling under foot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war. 31 Envoys will come out of Egypt; [ag]Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. 33 To Him who rides upon the [ah]highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He [ai]speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice. 34 Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the [aj]skies. 35 [ak]O God, You areawesome from Your [al]sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!
A Cry of Distress and Imprecation on Adversaries.
For the choir director; according to [am]Shoshannim. A Psalm of David.
69 Save me, O God, For the waters have [an]threatened my life. 2 I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a [ao]flood overflows me. 3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would [ap]destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; What I did not steal, I then have to restore.
5 O God, it is You who knows my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from You. 6 May those who wait for You not be ashamed through me, O Lord [aq]God of hosts; May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel, 7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face. 8 I have become estranged [ar]from my brothers And an alien to my mother’s sons. 9 For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. 10 When I wept in my soul with fasting, It became my reproach. 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them. 12 Those who sit in the gate talk about me, And I am the [as]song of the drunkards.
13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, at an acceptable time; O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with [at]Your saving truth. 14 Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink; May I be delivered from [au]my foes and from the [av]deep waters. 15 May the [aw]flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.
16 Answer me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me, 17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in distress; answer me quickly. 18 Oh draw near to my soul andredeem it; Ransom me because of my enemies! 19 You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor; All my adversaries are [ax]before You.
20 Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick. And I looked for sympathy, but there was none, And for comforters, but I found none. 21 They also gave me [ay]gall [az]for my food And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
22 May their table before them become a snare; And [ba]when they are in peace, may it become a trap. 23 May their eyes grow dim so that they cannot see, And make their loins shake continually. 24 Pour out Your indignation on them, And may Your burning anger overtake them. 25 May their [bb]camp be desolate; May none dwell in their tents. 26 For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten, And they tell of the pain of those whom You have [bc]wounded. 27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, And may they not come into Your righteousness. 28 May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be [bd]recorded with the righteous.
29 But I am afflicted and in pain; [be]May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high. 30 I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving. 31 And it will please the Lord better than an ox Or a young bull with horns and hoofs. 32 The humble [bf]have seen it and are glad; You who seek God, let your heart [bg]revive. 33 For the Lord hears the needy And does not despise His who are prisoners.
34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it. 36 The [bh]descendants of His servants will inherit it, And those who love His name will dwell in it.
Prayer for Help against Persecutors.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David; for a memorial.
70 O God, hasten to deliver me; O Lord, hasten to my help! 2 Let those be ashamed and humiliated Who seek my [bi]life; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight [bj]in my hurt. 3 Let those be [bk]turned back because of their shame Who say, “Aha, aha!”
4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.” 5 But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay.
Prayer of an Old Man for Deliverance.
71 In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed. 2 In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me. 3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my [bl]rock and my fortress. 4 Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the [bm]grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man, 5 For You are my hope; O Lord [bn]God, You are my confidence from my youth. 6 [bo]By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually [bp]of You.
7 I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. 10 For my enemies have spoken [bq]against me; And those who watch for my [br]life have consulted together, 11 Saying, “God has forsaken him; Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver.”
12 O God, do not be far from me; O my God, hasten to my help! 13 Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek [bs]to injure me. 14 But as for me, I will hope continually, And will [bt]praise You yet more and more. 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the [bu]sum of them. 16 I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord [bv]God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.
17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds. 18 And even when I amold and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your [bw]strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come. 19 [bx]For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the [by]heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? 20 You who have shown [bz]me many troubles and distresses Will revive [ca]me again, And will bring [cb]me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 May You increase my greatness And turn tocomfort me.
22 I will also praise You with [cc]a harp, Even Your [cd]truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed. 24 My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek [ce]my hurt.
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