New King James Version
Praise to God for His Awesome Works
To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm.
66 Make (A)a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
2 Sing out the honor of His name;
Make His praise glorious.
3 Say to God,
“How (B)awesome are Your works!
(C)Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
4 (D)All the earth shall worship You
And sing praises to You;
They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah
5 Come and see the works of God;
He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
6 (E)He turned the sea into dry land;
(F)They went through the river on foot.
There we will rejoice in Him.
7 He rules by His power forever;
His eyes observe the nations;
Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
8 Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
9 Who keeps our soul among the living,
And does not allow our feet to [a]be moved.
10 For (G)You, O God, have tested us;
(H)You have refined us as silver is refined.
11 (I)You brought us into the net;
You laid affliction on our backs.
12 (J)You have caused men to ride over our heads;
(K)We went through fire and through water;
But You brought us out to [b]rich fulfillment.
13 (L)I will go into Your house with burnt offerings;
(M)I will pay You my [c]vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered
And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals,
With the sweet aroma of rams;
I will offer bulls with goats. Selah
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
And I will declare what He has done for my soul.
17 I cried to Him with my mouth,
And He was [d]extolled with my tongue.
18 (N)If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.
19 But certainly God (O)has heard me;
He has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer,
Nor His mercy from me!
An Invocation and a Doxology
To the Chief Musician. On [e]stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.
3 Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
4 Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For (S)You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah
5 Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
6 (T)Then the earth shall [f]yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.
The Glory of God in His Goodness to Israel
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.
68 Let (U)God arise,
Let His enemies be scattered;
Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
2 (V)As smoke is driven away,
So drive them away;
(W)As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But (X)let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
5 (AA)A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
6 (AB)God sets the solitary in families;
(AC)He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But (AD)the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
7 O God, (AE)when You went out before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah
8 The earth shook;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 (AF)You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
When it was weary.
10 Your congregation dwelt in it;
(AG)You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word;
Great was the [j]company of those who proclaimed it:
12 “Kings(AH) of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home divides the [k]spoil.
13 (AI)Though you lie down among the [l]sheepfolds,
(AJ)You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her feathers with yellow gold.”
14 (AK)When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
It was white as snow in Zalmon.
15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
16 Why do you [m]fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks?
(AL)This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in;
Yes, the Lord will dwell in it forever.
17 (AM)The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
Even thousands of thousands;
The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
18 (AN)You have ascended on high,
(AO)You have led captivity captive;
(AP)You have received gifts among men,
Even from (AQ)the rebellious,
(AR)That the Lord God might dwell there.
19 Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
20 Our God is the God of salvation;
And (AS)to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
21 But (AT)God will wound the head of His enemies,
(AU)The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
22 The Lord said, “I will bring (AV)back from Bashan,
I will bring them back (AW)from the depths of the sea,
23 (AX)That [n]your foot may crush them in blood,
(AY)And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
24 They have seen Your [o]procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
25 (AZ)The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
26 Bless God in the congregations,
The Lord, from (BA)the fountain of Israel.
27 (BB)There is little Benjamin, their leader,
The princes of Judah and their [p]company,
The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
28 [q]Your God has (BC)commanded your strength;
Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
(BD)Kings will bring presents to You.
30 Rebuke the beasts of the reeds,
(BE)The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Till everyone (BF)submits himself with pieces of silver.
Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
31 (BG)Envoys will come out of Egypt;
(BH)Ethiopia will quickly (BI)stretch out her hands to God.
32 Sing to God, you (BJ)kingdoms of the earth;
Oh, sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33 To Him (BK)who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
Indeed, He sends out His voice, a (BL)mighty voice.
34 (BM)Ascribe strength to God;
His excellence is over Israel,
And His strength is in the clouds.
35 O God, (BN)You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God!
- Psalm 66:9 slip
- Psalm 66:12 abundance
- Psalm 66:13 Promised deeds
- Psalm 66:17 praised
- Psalm 67:1 Heb. neginoth
- Psalm 67:6 give her produce
- Psalm 68:4 Praise
- Psalm 68:4 MT deserts; Tg. heavens (cf. v. 34 and Is. 19:1)
- Psalm 68:4 Lit. Lord, a shortened Heb. form
- Psalm 68:11 host
- Psalm 68:12 plunder
- Psalm 68:13 Or saddlebags
- Psalm 68:16 Lit. stare
- Psalm 68:23 LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. you may dip your foot
- Psalm 68:24 Lit. goings
- Psalm 68:27 throng
- Psalm 68:28 LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. Command, O God