Psalm 68 ESV

God Shall Scatter His Enemies

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

1 1God shall arise, his enemies shall be 2scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!

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2 As 3smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; 4as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God!

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3 But 5the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!

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4 Sing to God, 6sing praises to his name; 7lift up a song to him who 8rides through 9the deserts; his name is 10the LORD; exult before him!

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      5 11Father of the fatherless and 12protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.

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      6 God 13settles the solitary in a home; he 14leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but 15the rebellious dwell in 16a parched land.

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      7 O God, when you 17went out before your people, 18when you marched through 19the wilderness, Selah

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      8 20the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.

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      9 21Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad; you restored your inheritance as it languished;

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      10 your flocka found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you 22provided for the needy.

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        • á 68:10 - Or your congregation
          11 The Lord gives 23the word; 24the women who announce the news are a great host:

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          12 25"The kings of the armies--they flee, they flee!" The women at home 26divide the spoil--

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          13 though you men lie among 27the sheepfolds-- the wings of a dove covered with silver, its pinions with shimmering gold.

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          14 When the Almighty scatters kings there, let snow fall on 28Zalmon.

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          15 O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan; O many-peakedb mountain, mountain of Bashan!

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            • â 68:15 - Or hunch-backed; also verse 16
              16 Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God 29desired for his abode, yes, where the LORD will dwell forever?

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              17 30The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.

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              18 31You ascended on high, 32leading a host of captives in your train and 33receiving gifts among men, even among 34the rebellious, 35that the LORD God may dwell there.

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              19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily 36bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah

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              20 Our God is a God of salvation, 37and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.

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              21 38But God will strike the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.

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              22 The Lord said, "I will bring them back 39from Bashan, 40I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,

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              23 that you may 41strike your feet in their blood, that 42the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe."

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              24 Your procession isc seen, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary--

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                  25 43the singers in front, 44the musicians last, between them 45virgins playing tambourines:

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                  26 46"Bless God in the great congregation, the LORD, O youd who are of 47Israel's fountain!"

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                    • ä 68:26 - The Hebrew for you is plural here
                      27 There is 48Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead, the princes of Judah in their throng, the princes of 49Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

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                      28 50Summon your power, O God,e the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.

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                        • å 68:28 - Probable reading; Hebrew Your God has summoned your power
                          29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall 51bear gifts to you.

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                          30 Rebuke 52the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of 53bulls with the calves of the peoples. 54Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war.f

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                            • æ 68:30 - The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
                              31 Nobles shall come from 55Egypt; 56Cush shall hasten to 57stretch out her hands to God.

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                              32 58O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah

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                              33 to him 59who rides in 60the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he 61sends out his voice, his mighty voice.

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                              34 62Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose 63power is in 64the skies.

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                              35 65Awesome is God from hisg66sanctuary; the God of Israel--he is the one who gives 67power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!

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                                • ç 68:35 - Septuagint; Hebrew your