Psalms 68

God Shall Scatter His Enemies

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

1 a  God shall arise, his enemies shall be b  scattered;
and those who hate him shall flee before him!
2As c  smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
d  as wax melts before fire,
so the wicked shall perish before God!
3But e  the righteous shall be glad;
they shall exult before God;
they shall be jubilant with joy!
4 Sing to God, f  sing praises to his name;
g  lift up a song to him who h  rides through i  the deserts;
his name is j  the  Lord;
exult before him!
5 k  Father of the fatherless and l  protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6God m  settles the solitary in a home;
he n  leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but o  the rebellious dwell in p  a parched land.
7 O God, when you q  went out before your people,
r  when you marched through s  the wilderness,  Selah
8 t  the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
9 u  Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
you restored your inheritance as it languished;
10your flock
Or  your congregation
found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you w  provided for the needy.
11 The Lord gives x  the word;
y  the women who announce the news are a great host:
12 z  “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”
The women at home aa  divide the spoil
13though you men lie among ab  the sheepfolds
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
its pinions with shimmering gold.
14When the Almighty scatters kings there,
let snow fall on ac  Zalmon.
15 O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;
O many-peaked
Or hunch-backed; also verse 16
mountain, mountain of Bashan!
16Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,
at the mount that God ae  desired for his abode,
yes, where the  Lord will dwell forever?
17 af  The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
thousands upon thousands;
the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
18 ag  You ascended on high,
ah  leading a host of captives in your train
and ai  receiving gifts among men,
even among aj  the rebellious ak  that the  Lord God may dwell there.
19 Blessed be the Lord,
who daily al  bears us up;
God is our salvation.  Selah
20Our God is a God of salvation,
am  and to  God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
21 an  But God will strike the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
22The Lord said,
“I will bring them back ao  from Bashan,
ap  I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23that you may aq  strike your feet in their blood,
that ar  the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”
24 Your procession is
Or has been
seen, O God,
the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary
25 at  the singers in front au  the musicians last,
between them av  virgins playing tambourines:
26 aw  Bless God in the great congregation,
the  Lord, O you
The Hebrew for  you is plural here
who are of ay  Israel’s fountain!”
27There is az  Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
the princes of Judah in their throng,
the princes of ba  Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
28 bb  Summon your power, O God,
By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew Your God has summoned your power

the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.
29Because of your temple at Jerusalem
kings shall bd  bear gifts to you.
30Rebuke be  the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
the herd of bf  bulls with the calves of the peoples.
bg  Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;
scatter the peoples who delight in war.
The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain

31Nobles shall come from bi  Egypt;
bj  Cush shall hasten to bk  stretch out her hands to God.
32 bl  O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
sing praises to the Lord,  Selah
33to him bm  who rides in bn  the heavens, the ancient heavens;
behold, he bo  sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34 bp  Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
and whose bq  power is in br  the skies.
35 bs  Awesome is God from his
Septuagint; Hebrew your
bu  sanctuary;
the God of Israel—he is the one who gives bv  power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!
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