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Psalm 68:1-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 68

God’s Majestic Power

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

God arises. His enemies scatter,
and those who hate Him flee from His presence.
As smoke is blown away,
so You blow them away.
As wax melts before the fire,
so the wicked are destroyed before God.
But the righteous are glad;
they rejoice before God and celebrate with joy.

Sing to God! Sing praises to His name.
Exalt Him who rides on the clouds[a]
His name is Yahweh[b]—and rejoice before Him.
God in His holy dwelling is
a father of the fatherless
and a champion of widows.
God provides homes for those who are deserted.
He leads out the prisoners to prosperity,[c]
but the rebellious live in a scorched land.

God, when You went out before Your people,
when You marched through the desert,Selah
the earth trembled and the skies poured down rain
before God, the God of Sinai,[d]
before God, the God of Israel.
You, God, showered abundant rain;
You revived Your inheritance when it languished.
10 Your people settled in it;
God, You provided for the poor by Your goodness.

11 The Lord gave the command;
a great company of women brought the good news:
12 “The kings of the armies flee—they flee!”
She who stays at home divides the spoil.
13 While[e] you lie among the sheepfolds,[f]
the wings of a dove are covered with silver,
and its feathers with glistening gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered kings in the land,
it snowed on Zalmon.[g]

15 Mount Bashan is God’s towering mountain;
Mount Bashan is a mountain of many peaks.
16 Why gaze with envy, you mountain peaks,
at the mountain[h] God desired for His dwelling?
The Lord will live there forever!
17 God’s chariots are tens of thousands,
thousands and thousands;
the Lord is among them in the sanctuary[i]
as He was at Sinai.
18 You ascended to the heights, taking away captives;
You received gifts from[j] people,
even from the rebellious,
so that the Lord God might live there.[k]


  1. Psalm 68:4 Or rides through the desert
  2. Psalm 68:4 Lit Yah
  3. Psalm 68:6 Or prisoners with joyous music; Hb uncertain
  4. Psalm 68:8 Lit God, this Sinai
  5. Psalm 68:13 Or If
  6. Psalm 68:13 Or campfires, or saddlebags; Hb obscure
  7. Psalm 68:14 Or Black Mountain
  8. Psalm 68:16 = Mount Zion
  9. Psalm 68:17 Or in holiness
  10. Psalm 68:18 Lit among
  11. Psalm 68:18 Or even those rebelling against the Lord God’s living there, or even rebels are living with the Lord God; Hb obscure

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