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Psalm 68

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Psalm 68

Praise and Thanksgiving

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

1Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered;

let those who hate him flee before him!

2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;

as wax melts before fire,

let the wicked perish before God!

3But let the righteous be joyful;

let them exult before God;

let them be jubilant with joy!

4Sing to God, sing praises to his name;

lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds;a

his name is the Lord, exult before him!

5Father of the fatherless and protector of widows

is God in his holy habitation.

6God gives the desolate a home to dwell in;

he leads out the prisoners to prosperity;

but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

7O God, when thou didst go forth before thy people,

when thou didst march through the wilderness,   Selah

8the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,

at the presence of God;

yon Sinai quaked at the presence of God,

the God of Israel.

9Rain in abundance, O God, thou didst shed abroad;

thou didst restore thy heritage as it languished;

10thy flock found a dwelling in it;

in thy goodness, O God, thou didst provide for the needy.

11The Lord gives the command;

great is the host of those who bore the tidings:

12"The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!"

The women at home divide the spoil,

13though they stay among the sheepfolds-

the wings of a dove covered with silver,

its pinions with green gold.

14When the Almighty scattered kings there,

snow fell on Zalmon.

15O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan;

O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!

16Why look you with envy, O many-peaked mountain,

at the mount which God desired for his abode,

yea, where the Lord will dwell for ever?

17With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand,

thousands upon thousands,

the Lord came from Sinai into the holy place.b

18Thou didst ascend the high mount,

leading captives in thy train,

and receiving gifts among men,

even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.

19Blessed be the Lord,

who daily bears us up;

God is our salvation.   Selah

20Our God is a God of salvation;

and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death.

21But God will shatter the heads of his enemies,

the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.

22The Lord said,

"I will bring them back from Bashan,

I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,

23that you may bathec your feet in blood,

that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe."

24Thy solemn processions are seen,d O God,

the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary-

25the singers in front, the minstrels last,

between them maidens playing timbrels:

26"Bless God in the great congregation,

the Lord, O you who are of Israel's fountain!"

27There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,

the princes of Judah in their throng,

the princes of Zeb'ulun, the princes of Naph'tali.

28Summon thy might, O God;

show thy strength, O God, thou who hast wrought for us.

29Because of thy temple at Jerusalem

kings bear gifts to thee.

30Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,

the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.

Tramplee under foot those who lust after tribute;

scatter the peoples who delight in war.f

31Let bronze be brought from Egypt;

let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out her hands to God.

32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;

sing praises to the Lord,   Selah

33to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;

lo, he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.

34Ascribe power to God,

whose majesty is over Israel,

and his power is in the skies.

35Terrible is God in hisg sanctuary,

the God of Israel,

he gives power and strength to his people.

Blessed be God!