Psalms 68

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

Or God shall
Let b God arise,
Or His enemies shall
let His enemies be scattered,
Or those who hate Him shall
let those who hate Him flee before Him.
As e smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
As f wax melts before the fire,
So let the g wicked perish before God.
But let the h righteous be glad; let them exult before God;
Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
Sing to God i sing praises to His name;
Or Cast up a highway
k Lift up a song for Him who l rides through the deserts,
Whose m name is
Heb  Yah
the  Lord, and exult before Him.

A o father of the fatherless and a p judge
Lit of
for the widows,
Is God in His r holy habitation.
Lit makes the solitary to dwell in a house
t makes a home for the lonely;
He u leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only v the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

O God, when You w went forth before Your people,
When You x marched through the wilderness
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
The z earth quaked;
The aa heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
Lit This is Sinai which
ac Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You ad shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was
Lit weary
10 Your creatures settled in it;
You af provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.

11 The Lord gives the
Lit word
The ah women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:
12  ai Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home will aj divide the spoil!”
Lit If
When you lie down al among the
Or cooking stones or saddle bags
You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And its pinions with glistening gold.
14 When the Almighty an scattered the kings
Lit in it
It was snowing in ap Zalmon.

15 A
Or mighty mountain is
ar mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
16 Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks,
At the mountain which God has as desired for His abode?
Surely at the  Lord will dwell there forever.
17 The au chariots of God are
Lit twice ten thousand
myriads aw thousands upon thousands;
Another reading is The Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary
The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.
18 You have ay ascended on high, You have az led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men,
Even among the rebellious also, that
Heb  Yah
the  Lord God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bb bears our burden,
bc The God who is our salvation. Selah.
20 God is to us a bd God of deliverances;
And be to
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God the Lord belong escapes
I.e. in view of; lit for
from death.
21 Surely God will bh shatter the head of His enemies,
The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.
22 The Lord
Or says
said bj I will bring them back from Bashan.
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;
23 That
Some versions render, you may bathe your foot in blood
bl your foot may shatter them in blood,
The tongue of your bm dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”

24 They have seen bn Your
Lit goings
procession, O God,
Lit goings
procession of my God, my King
Lit in the sanctuary; or in holiness
br into the sanctuary.
25 The bs singers went on, the musicians after them,
Or The maidens in the midst
In the midst of the bu maidens beating tambourines.
26  bv Bless God in the congregations,
Even the  Lord, you who are of the bw fountain of Israel.
27 There is bx Benjamin, the
Or smallest
Or their ruler
ruling them,
The princes of Judah in their throng,
The princes of ca Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

Some mss read Command, God
Your God has cc commanded your strength;
Show Yourself strong, O God cd who have acted
Lit for us
on our behalf.
Or From Your temple
Because of Your temple at Jerusalem
cg Kings will bring gifts to You.
30 Rebuke the ch beasts
Lit of
in the reeds,
The herd of cj bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Trampling under foot the pieces of silver;
He has ck scattered the peoples who delight in war.
31 Envoys will come out of cl Egypt;
Lit Cush
cn Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

32 Sing to God, O co kingdoms of the earth,
cp Sing praises to the Lord, Selah.
33 To Him who cq rides upon the
Lit heaven of heavens of old
cs highest heavens, which are from ancient times;
Behold ct He
Lit gives forth
speaks forth with His voice, a cv mighty voice.
34  cw Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel
And cx His strength is in the
Lit clouds
Or Awesome is God from your sanctuary
O God, You are da awesome from Your
Lit holy places
The God of Israel Himself dc gives strength and power to the people.
dd Blessed be God!

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