24 Your procession, God, has come into view,
    the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.(A)
25 In front are the singers,(B) after them the musicians;(C)
    with them are the young women playing the timbrels.(D)
26 Praise God in the great congregation;(E)
    praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.(F)
27 There is the little tribe(G) of Benjamin,(H) leading them,
    there the great throng of Judah’s princes,
    and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.(I)

28 Summon your power,(J) God[a];
    show us your strength,(K) our God, as you have done(L) before.
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
    kings will bring you gifts.(M)
30 Rebuke the beast(N) among the reeds,(O)
    the herd of bulls(P) among the calves of the nations.
Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.
    Scatter the nations(Q) who delight in war.(R)
31 Envoys will come from Egypt;(S)
    Cush[b](T) will submit herself to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,(U)
    sing praise(V) to the Lord,
33 to him who rides(W) across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
    who thunders(X) with mighty voice.(Y)
34 Proclaim the power(Z) of God,
    whose majesty(AA) is over Israel,
    whose power is in the heavens.
35 You, God, are awesome(AB) in your sanctuary;(AC)
    the God of Israel gives power and strength(AD) to his people.(AE)

Praise be to God!(AF)

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  1. Psalm 68:28 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Your God has summoned power for you
  2. Psalm 68:31 That is, the upper Nile region

16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David,(A) Michal(B) daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.

17 They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it,(C) and David sacrificed burnt offerings(D) and fellowship offerings before the Lord. 18 After he had finished sacrificing(E) the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed(F) the people in the name of the Lord Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins(G) to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women.(H) And all the people went to their homes.

20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked(I) in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed(J) me ruler(K) over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

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31 Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not cry.’

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine,(A) and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’(B) 35 But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

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