Psalm 76[a]

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

God is renowned in Judah;
    in Israel his name is great.(A)
His tent is in Salem,(B)
    his dwelling place in Zion.(C)
There he broke the flashing arrows,(D)
    the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[b](E)

You are radiant with light,(F)
    more majestic than mountains rich with game.
The valiant(G) lie plundered,
    they sleep their last sleep;(H)
not one of the warriors
    can lift his hands.
At your rebuke,(I) God of Jacob,
    both horse and chariot(J) lie still.

It is you alone who are to be feared.(K)
    Who can stand(L) before you when you are angry?(M)
From heaven you pronounced judgment,
    and the land feared(N) and was quiet—
when you, God, rose up to judge,(O)
    to save all the afflicted(P) of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,(Q)
    and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c]

11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;(R)
    let all the neighboring lands
    bring gifts(S) to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
    he is feared by the kings of the earth.


  1. Psalm 76:1 In Hebrew texts 76:1-12 is numbered 76:2-13.
  2. Psalm 76:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 9.
  3. Psalm 76:10 Or Surely the wrath of mankind brings you praise, / and with the remainder of wrath you arm yourself

Pharaoh’s Arms Are Broken

20 In the eleventh year, in the first month on the seventh day, the word of the Lord came to me:(A) 21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm(B) of Pharaoh(C) king of Egypt. It has not been bound up to be healed(D) or put in a splint so that it may become strong enough to hold a sword. 22 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt.(E) I will break both his arms, the good arm as well as the broken one, and make the sword fall from his hand.(F) 23 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries.(G) 24 I will strengthen(H) the arms of the king of Babylon and put my sword(I) in his hand, but I will break the arms of Pharaoh, and he will groan(J) before him like a mortally wounded man. 25 I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, but the arms of Pharaoh will fall limp. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I put my sword(K) into the hand of the king of Babylon and he brandishes it against Egypt.(L) 26 I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. Then they will know that I am the Lord.(M)

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25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively,(A) a time is coming(B) when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name.(C) I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me(D) and have believed that I came from God.(E) 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”(F)

29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.(G) 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe(H) that you came from God.”(I)

31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming(J) and in fact has come when you will be scattered,(K) each to your own home. You will leave me all alone.(L) Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.(M)

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.(N) In this world you will have trouble.(O) But take heart! I have overcome(P) the world.”

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