PSALM 68 The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary. For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song. 68 1[A]Let God arise, [B]let His enemies be scattered, And [C]let those who hate Him flee before Him. 2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish before God. 3But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness. 4Sing to God, sing praises to His name; [D]Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is [E]the Lord, and exult before Him. 5A father of the fatherless and a judge [F]for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. 6God [G]makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land. 7O God, when You went forth before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, [H]Selah. 8The earth quaked; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; [I]Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was [J]parched. 10Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God. 11The Lord gives the [K]command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host: 12“Kings of armies flee, they flee, And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!” 13[L]When you lie down among the [M]sheepfolds, You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And its pinions with glistening gold. 14When the Almighty scattered the kings [N]there, It was snowing in Zalmon. 15A [O]mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan. 16Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks, At the mountain which God has desired for His abode? Surely the Lord will dwell there forever. 17The chariots of God are [P]myriads, thousands upon thousands; [Q]The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness. 18You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even among the rebellious also, that [R]the Lord God may dwell there. 19Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah. 20God is to us a God of deliverances; And to [S]God the Lord belong escapes [T]from death. 21Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds. 22The Lord [U]said, “I will bring them back from Bashan. I will bring them back from the depths of the sea; 23That [V]your foot may shatter them in blood, The tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.” 24They have seen Your [W]procession, O God, The [X]procession of my God, my King, [Y]into the sanctuary. 25The singers went on, the musicians after them, [Z]In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines. 26Bless God in the congregations, Even the Lord, you who are of the fountain of Israel. 27There is Benjamin, the [A]youngest, [B]ruling them, The princes of Judah in their throng, The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. 28[C]Your God has commanded your strength; Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted [D]on our behalf. 29[E]Because of Your temple at Jerusalem Kings will bring gifts to You. 30Rebuke the beasts [F]in the reeds, The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, Trampling under foot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war. 31Envoys will come out of Egypt; [G]Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God. 32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. 33To Him who rides upon the [H]highest heavens, which are from ancient times; Behold, He [I]speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice. 34Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the [J]skies. 35[K]O God, You are awesome from Your [L]sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!
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