When you, God, went out before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness,[a]
the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain,
    before God, the One of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.
You gave abundant showers, O God;
    you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 Your people settled in it,
    and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.

11 The Lord announces the word,
    and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:
12 ‘Kings and armies flee in haste;
    the women at home divide the plunder.
13 Even while you sleep among the sheepfolds,[b]
    the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver,
    its feathers with shining gold.’
14 When the Almighty[c] scattered the kings in the land,
    it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.

15 Mount Bashan, majestic mountain,
    Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
    at the mountain where God chooses to reign,
    where the Lord himself will dwell for ever?
17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands
    and thousands of thousands;
    the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.[d]
18 When you ascended on high,
    you took many captives;
    you received gifts from people,
even from[e] the rebellious –
    that you,[f] Lord God, might dwell there.

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  1. Psalm 68:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 19 and 32.
  2. Psalm 68:13 Or the campfires; or the saddlebags
  3. Psalm 68:14 Hebrew Shaddai
  4. Psalm 68:17 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lord is among them at Sinai in holiness
  5. Psalm 68:18 Or gifts for people, / even
  6. Psalm 68:18 Or they