Psalms 68

God Shall Scatter His Enemies

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

1 aGod shall arise, his enemies shall be bscattered;
and those who hate him shall flee before him!
2As csmoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
das wax melts before fire,
so the wicked shall perish before God!
3But ethe righteous shall be glad;
they shall exult before God;
they shall be jubilant with joy!
4 Sing to God, fsing praises to his name;
glift up a song to him who hrides through ithe deserts;
his name is jthe  Lord;
exult before him!
5 kFather of the fatherless and lprotector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6God msettles the solitary in a home;
he nleads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but othe rebellious dwell in pa parched land.
7 O God, when you qwent out before your people,
rwhen you marched through sthe wilderness,  Selah
8 tthe earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
9 uRain 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 wprovided for the needy.
11 The Lord gives xthe word;
ythe women who announce the news are a great host:
12 z“The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”
The women at home aadivide the spoil
13though you men lie among abthe sheepfolds
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
its pinions with shimmering gold.
14When the Almighty scatters kings there,
let snow fall on acZalmon.
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 aedesired for his abode,
yes, where the  Lord will dwell forever?
17 afThe chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
thousands upon thousands;
the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
18 agYou ascended on high,
ahleading a host of captives in your train
and aireceiving gifts among men,
even among ajthe rebellious akthat the  Lord God may dwell there.
19 Blessed be the Lord,
who daily albears us up;
God is our salvation.  Selah
20Our God is a God of salvation,
amand to  God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
21 anBut 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 aofrom Bashan,
apI will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23that you may aqstrike your feet in their blood,
that arthe 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 atthe singers in front authe musicians last,
between them avvirgins playing tambourines:
26 awBless God in the great congregation,
the  Lord, O you
The Hebrew for  you is plural here
who are of ayIsrael’s fountain!”
27There is azBenjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
the princes of Judah in their throng,
the princes of baZebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
28 bbSummon 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 bdbear gifts to you.
30Rebuke bethe beasts that dwell among the reeds,
the herd of bfbulls with the calves of the peoples.
bgTrample 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 biEgypt;
bjCush shall hasten to bkstretch out her hands to God.
32 blO kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
sing praises to the Lord,  Selah
33to him bmwho rides in bnthe heavens, the ancient heavens;
behold, he bosends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34 bpAscribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
and whose bqpower is in brthe skies.
35 bsAwesome is God from his
Septuagint; Hebrew your
busanctuary;
the God of Israel—he is the one who gives bvpower and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!
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