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5–6 To the fatherless he is a father.
To the widow he is a champion friend.
To the lonely he makes them part of a family.
To the prisoners[a] he leads into prosperity until they sing for joy.
This is our Holy God in his Holy Place!
But for the rebels there is heartache and despair.[b]
O Lord, it was you who marched in front of your people,
leading them through the wasteland.
Pause in his presence
The earth shook beneath your feet; the heavens filled with clouds
before the presence of the God of Sinai.
The sacred mountain shook at the sight of the face of Israel’s God.

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  1. Psalm 68:5 The Septuagint says, “the bitter ones.”
  2. Psalm 68:5 The Aramaic says, “The rebels will dwell among the tombs.”