68 1 In this Psalm David setteth forth as in a glass the wonderful mercies of God toward his people: 5 Who by all means and most strange sorts declared himself to them. 15 And therefore God’s Church by reason of his promises, graces, and victories, doth excel without comparison all worldly things. 34 He exhorteth therefore all men to praise God forever.

To him that excelleth. A Psalm or song of David.

God [a]will arise, and his enemies shall be scattered: they also that hate him, shall flee before him.

As the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away: and as wax melteth before the fire, so shall the wicked perish at the presence of God.

[b]But the righteous shall be glad, and rejoice before God: yea, they shall leap for joy.

Sing unto God, and sing praises unto his name: exalt him that rideth upon the heavens, in his Name [c]Jah, and rejoice before him.

He is a Father of the fatherless, and a Judge of the widows, even God in his holy habitation.

God [d]maketh the solitary to dwell in families, and delivereth them that were prisoners in stocks: but the rebellious shall dwell in a [e]dry land.

[f]O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people: when thou wentest through the wilderness, (Selah.)

The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of this God: even Sinai was moved at the presence of God, even the God of Israel.

Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, and thou didst refresh it when it was weary.

10 Thy Congregation dwelled therein: for thou, O God, hast of thy [g]goodness prepared it for the poor.

11 The Lord gave matter to the [h]women to tell of the great army.

12 Kings of the armies did flee: they did flee, and [i]she that remained in the house, divided the spoil.

13 Though ye have lain among [j]pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove that is covered with silver, and whose feathers are like yellow gold.

14 When the Almighty scattered kings [k]in it, it was white as the snow in Zalmon.

15 [l]The mountain of God is like the mountain of Bashan: it is an high mountain, as mount Bashan.

16 [m]Why leap ye, ye high mountains? as for this Mountain, God delighteth to dwell in it: yea, the Lord will dwell in it forever.

17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand thousand Angels, and the Lord is among them, as in the Sanctuary of Sinai.

18 Thou art gone up on high: thou hast [n]led captivity captive, and received gifts for men: yea, even the rebellious hast thou led, that the Lord God might dwell there.

19 Praised be the Lord, even the God of our salvation, which ladeth us daily with benefits. Selah.

20 This is our God, even the God that saveth us: and to the Lord God belong the [o]issues of death.

21 Surely God will wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy pate of him that walketh in his sins.

22 The Lord hath said, I will bring my people again from [p]Bashan: I will bring them again from the depths of the Sea:

23 That thy foot may be dipped in blood, and the tongue of thy dogs in the blood of the enemies, even in [q]it.

24 They have seen, O God, thy [r]goings, the goings of my God, and my king, which art in the Sanctuary.

25 The [s]singers went before, the players of instruments after: in the midst were the maids playing with timbrels.

26 Praise ye God in the assemblies, and the Lord, ye that are of the fountain [t]of Israel.

27 There was [u]little Benjamin with their [v]ruler, and the Princes of Judah with their assembly, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.

28 Thy GOD hath appointed thy strength: establish, O God, that which thou first wrought in us,

29 [w]Out of thy Temple upon Jerusalem, and kings shall bring presents unto thee.

30 Destroy the company of the spearmen, and multitude of the mighty bulls with the calves of the people, that [x]tread under feet pieces of silver: scatter the people that delight in war.

31 Then shall the princes come out [y]of Egypt: Ethiopia shall haste to stretch her hands unto God.

32 Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth: sing praise unto the Lord, (Selah)

33 To him that rideth upon the most high heavens, which were from the beginning: behold, he will send out by his [z]voice a mighty sound.

34 Ascribe the power to God: for his majesty is upon Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.

35 O God, thou art [aa]terrible out of thine holy [ab]places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto the people: praised be God.


  1. Psalm 68:1 The Prophet showeth that albeit God suffereth the wicked tyrants to oppress his Church for a time, yet at length he will be revenged of them.
  2. Psalm 68:3 He showeth that when God declareth his power against the wicked, that it is for the commodity and salvation of his Church, which praise him therefore.
  3. Psalm 68:4 Yah and Jehovah are the names of God, which do signify his essence and majesty incomprehensible, so that hereby is declared that all idols are but vanity, and that the God of Israel is the only true God.
  4. Psalm 68:6 He giveth children to them that be childless, and increaseth their families.
  5. Psalm 68:6 Which is barren of God’s blessings, which before they had abused.
  6. Psalm 68:7 He teacheth that God’s favor peculiarly belongeth to his Church, as appeareth by their wonderful deliverance out of Egypt.
  7. Psalm 68:10 God blessed the land of Canaan, because he had chosen that place for his Church.
  8. Psalm 68:11 The fashion then was that women sang songs after the victory, as Miriam, Deborah, Judith, and others.
  9. Psalm 68:12 The prey was so great, that not only the soldiers, but women also had part thereof.
  10. Psalm 68:13 Though God suffer his Church for a time to lie in black darkness, yet he will restore it, and make it most shining and white.
  11. Psalm 68:14 In the land of Canaan, where his Church was.
  12. Psalm 68:15 Zion the Church of God, doth excel all worldly things, not in pomp and outward show, but by the inward grace of God, which there remaineth, because of his dwelling there.
  13. Psalm 68:16 Why boast ye of your strength and beauty against this Mountain of God?
  14. Psalm 68:18 As God overcame the enemies of his Church, took them prisoners, and made them tributaries: so Christ, which is God manifested in the flesh, subdued Satan and sin under us, and gave unto his Church most liberal gifts of his Spirit, Eph. 4:8.
  15. Psalm 68:20 In most extreme dangers God hath infinite ways to deliver his.
  16. Psalm 68:22 As he delivered his Church once from Og of Bashan, and other tyrants, and from the danger of the red Sea, so will he still do as oft as necessity requireth.
  17. Psalm 68:23 That is, in the blood of that great slaughter, where dogs shall lap blood.
  18. Psalm 68:24 That is, how thou which art chief King goest out with thy people to war, and givest them the victory.
  19. Psalm 68:25 He describeth the order of the people, when they went to the Temple to give thanks for the victory.
  20. Psalm 68:26 Which come of the Patriarch Jacob.
  21. Psalm 68:27 Benjamin is called little, because he was the youngest son of Jacob.
  22. Psalm 68:27 Who was some chief ruler of the tribe.
  23. Psalm 68:29 Declare out of thine holy palace thy power for the defense of thy Church Jerusalem.
  24. Psalm 68:30 He desireth that the pride of the mighty may be destroyed, which accustomed to garnish their shoes with silver, and therefore for their glittering pomp thought themselves above all men.
  25. Psalm 68:31 He prophecieth that the Gentiles shall come to the true knowledge and worship of God.
  26. Psalm 68:33 By his terrible thunders he will make himself to be known the God of all the world.
  27. Psalm 68:35 In showing fearful judgments against thine enemies for the salvation of thy people.
  28. Psalm 68:35 He alludeth to the Tabernacle which was divided in three parts.

Psalm 68[a]

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.

May God arise,(A) may his enemies be scattered;(B)
    may his foes flee(C) before him.
May you blow them away like smoke—(D)
    as wax melts(E) before the fire,
    may the wicked perish(F) before God.
But may the righteous be glad
    and rejoice(G) before God;
    may they be happy and joyful.

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,(H)
    extol him who rides on the clouds[b](I);
    rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.(J)
A father to the fatherless,(K) a defender of widows,(L)
    is God in his holy dwelling.(M)
God sets the lonely(N) in families,[c](O)
    he leads out the prisoners(P) with singing;
    but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.(Q)

When you, God, went out(R) before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness,[d](S)
the earth shook,(T) the heavens poured down rain,(U)
    before God, the One of Sinai,(V)
    before God, the God of Israel.(W)
You gave abundant showers,(X) O God;
    you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 Your people settled in it,
    and from your bounty,(Y) God, you provided(Z) for the poor.

11 The Lord announces the word,
    and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:(AA)
12 “Kings and armies flee(AB) in haste;
    the women at home divide the plunder.(AC)
13 Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,[e](AD)
    the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver,
    its feathers with shining gold.”
14 When the Almighty[f] scattered(AE) the kings in the land,
    it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.(AF)

15 Mount Bashan,(AG) majestic mountain,(AH)
    Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
    at the mountain where God chooses(AI) to reign,
    where the Lord himself will dwell forever?(AJ)
17 The chariots(AK) of God are tens of thousands
    and thousands of thousands;(AL)
    the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.[g]
18 When you ascended(AM) on high,(AN)
    you took many captives;(AO)
    you received gifts from people,(AP)
even from[h] the rebellious(AQ)
    that you,[i] Lord God, might dwell there.

19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,(AR)
    who daily bears our burdens.(AS)
20 Our God is a God who saves;(AT)
    from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.(AU)
21 Surely God will crush the heads(AV) of his enemies,
    the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
22 The Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan;
    I will bring them from the depths of the sea,(AW)
23 that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,(AX)
    while the tongues of your dogs(AY) have their share.”

24 Your procession, God, has come into view,
    the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.(AZ)
25 In front are the singers,(BA) after them the musicians;(BB)
    with them are the young women playing the timbrels.(BC)
26 Praise God in the great congregation;(BD)
    praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.(BE)
27 There is the little tribe(BF) of Benjamin,(BG) leading them,
    there the great throng of Judah’s princes,
    and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.(BH)

28 Summon your power,(BI) God[j];
    show us your strength,(BJ) our God, as you have done(BK) before.
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
    kings will bring you gifts.(BL)
30 Rebuke the beast(BM) among the reeds,(BN)
    the herd of bulls(BO) among the calves of the nations.
Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.
    Scatter the nations(BP) who delight in war.(BQ)
31 Envoys will come from Egypt;(BR)
    Cush[k](BS) will submit herself to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,(BT)
    sing praise(BU) to the Lord,
33 to him who rides(BV) across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
    who thunders(BW) with mighty voice.(BX)
34 Proclaim the power(BY) of God,
    whose majesty(BZ) is over Israel,
    whose power is in the heavens.
35 You, God, are awesome(CA) in your sanctuary;(CB)
    the God of Israel gives power and strength(CC) to his people.(CD)

Praise be to God!(CE)


  1. Psalm 68:1 In Hebrew texts 68:1-35 is numbered 68:2-36.
  2. Psalm 68:4 Or name, / prepare the way for him who rides through the deserts
  3. Psalm 68:6 Or the desolate in a homeland
  4. Psalm 68:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 19 and 32.
  5. Psalm 68:13 Or the campfires; or the saddlebags
  6. Psalm 68:14 Hebrew Shaddai
  7. Psalm 68:17 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lord is among them at Sinai in holiness
  8. Psalm 68:18 Or gifts for people, / even
  9. Psalm 68:18 Or they
  10. Psalm 68:28 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Your God has summoned power for you
  11. Psalm 68:31 That is, the upper Nile region