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Psalm 68

For the choir director; a psalm by David; a song.

God will arise.
His enemies will be scattered.
Those who hate him will flee from him.
    Blow them away like smoke.
    Let wicked people melt in God’s presence like wax next to a fire.

But let righteous people rejoice.
    Let them celebrate in God’s presence.
    Let them overflow with joy.
Sing to God; make music to praise his name.
Make a highway for him to ride through the deserts.[a]
    The Lord is his name.
Celebrate in his presence.

The God who is in his holy dwelling place
    is the father of the fatherless and the defender of widows.
God places lonely people in families.
    He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives,
        but rebellious people must live in an unproductive land.

O God, when you went in front of your people,
    when you marched through the desert, Selah
        the earth quaked and the sky poured
            in the presence of the God of Sinai,
            in the presence of the God of Israel.

You watered the land with plenty of rain, O God.
    You refreshed it when your land was exhausted.
10         Your flock settled there.
            Out of your goodness, O God,
                you provided for oppressed people.

11 The Lord gives instructions.
    The women who announce the good news are a large army.
12         They say, “The kings of the armies flee; they run away.
            The women who remained at home will divide the goods.
13                 Though you stayed among the sheep pens,
                    you will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
                        its feathers with yellow gold.
14             Meanwhile, the Almighty was still scattering kings there
                like snow falling on Mount Zalmon.”

15 The mountain of Bashan is the mountain of God.
The mountain of Bashan is the mountain with many peaks.
16     Why do you look with envy, you mountains with many peaks,
        at the mountain where God has chosen to live?
            Certainly, the Lord will live there forever.

17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand in number,
    thousands upon thousands.
        The Lord is among them.
            The God of Sinai is in his holy place.
18 You went to the highest place.
You took prisoners captive.
You received gifts from people,
    even from rebellious people, so that the Lord God may live there.

19 Thanks be to the Lord,
    who daily carries our burdens for us.
        God is our salvation. Selah
20 Our God is the God of victories.
The Almighty Lord is our escape from death.

21 Certainly, God will crush the heads of his enemies
    and destroy even the hair on the heads
        of those who continue to be guilty.
22 The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan.
    I will bring them back from the depths of the sea
23         so that you, my people, may bathe[b] your feet in blood
            and the tongues of your dogs
                may lick the blood of your enemies.”

24 Your festival processions, O God, can be seen by everyone.
    They are the processions for my God, my king, into the holy place.
25         The singers are in front.
        The musicians are behind them.
        The young women beating tambourines are between them.
26             Thank God, the Lord, the source of Israel, with the choirs.
27             Benjamin, the youngest, is leading them,
                next the leaders of Judah with their noisy crowds,
                then the leaders of Zebulun,
                then the leaders of Naphtali.

28 Your God has decided you will be strong.
    Display your strength, O God,
        as you have for us before.
29 Kings will bring you gifts
    because of your temple high above Jerusalem.
30 Threaten the beast who is among the cattails,
    the herd of bulls with the calves of the nations,
        until it humbles itself with pieces of silver.
Scatter the people who find joy in war.[c]
31 Ambassadors will come from Egypt.
Sudan will stretch out its hands to God in prayer.

32 You kingdoms of the world, sing to God.
    Make music to praise the Lord. Selah
33         God rides through the ancient heaven, the highest heaven.
    Listen! He makes his voice heard, his powerful voice.
34     Acknowledge the power of God.
        His majesty is over Israel, and his power is in the skies.

35 God, the God of Israel, is awe-inspiring in his holy place.
    He gives strength and power to his people.
        Thanks be to God!


  1. Psalm 68:4 Or “Lift a song to him who rides upon the clouds.”
  2. Psalm 68:23 Greek, Targum, Syriac; Masoretic Text “shatter.”
  3. Psalm 68:30 Hebrew meaning of this verse uncertain.

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