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Psalm 68:1-18 (English Standard Version)

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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! 2 As 3smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; 4as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God! 3 But 5the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy! 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! 5 11Father of the fatherless and 12protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. 6 God 13settles the solitary in a home; he 14leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but 15the rebellious dwell in 16a parched land. 7 O God, when you 17went out before your people, 18when you marched through 19the wilderness, Selah 8 20the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. 9 21Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad; you restored your inheritance as it languished; 10 your flocka found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you 22provided for the needy. 11 The Lord gives 23the word; 24the women who announce the news are a great host: 12 25"The kings of the armies--they flee, they flee!" The women at home 26divide the spoil-- 13 though you men lie among 27the sheepfolds-- the wings of a dove covered with silver, its pinions with shimmering gold. 14 When the Almighty scatters kings there, let snow fall on 28Zalmon. 15 O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan; O many-peakedb mountain, mountain of Bashan! 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? 17 30The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary. 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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