For the [music] director. Of David. A psalm. A song.

Praise to God for Providing Victory

1 God will arise; his enemies will be scattered, and those who hate him will flee from before him.

References for Psalms 68:1

    • a 68:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
      2 As smoke is driven off, you will drive [them] off. As wax melts before fire, [the] wicked will perish before God.
      3 But [the] righteous will be glad; they will exalt before God, and will rejoice with joy.
      4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name. Lift up [a song] to [the] rider on the clouds--his name is Yah-- and rejoice before him.

      References for Psalms 68:4

        • b 68:4 - A shortened form of "Yahweh"
          5 A father to orphans and a judge for widows [is] God in his holy habitation.
          6 God settles the lonely in a home; he brings prisoners out into prosperity. But the rebellious abide in a barren land.
          7 O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through [the] desert, Selah
          8 [the] earth shook; [the] heavens also dripped [rain] at the presence of God who [was] at Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
          9 You caused abundant rain to fall, O God. When your inheritance was weary you revived it.
          10 Your community dwelled in it. You provided in your goodness for the poor, O God.
          11 The Lord gives [the] word. Great is the company of women who announce:
          12 "[The] kings of armies flee, they flee, and she [who] remains at home divides [the] spoil.
          13 Though you [men] lie down between the sheepfolds, [you will be like the] wings of a dove covered in silver and its pinions in yellow gold."
          14 When Shaddai scattered kings on it, on Zalmon it snowed.

          References for Psalms 68:14

            • c 68:14 - Or "you caused it to snow on"
              15 A mountain of God [is] the mountain of Bashan; a mountain of [many] peaks [is] the mountain of Bashan.

              References for Psalms 68:15

                • d 68:15 - Or "A mighty mountain"
                  16 Why do you look with hostility, O many-peaked mountains? This mountain God desires for his dwelling. Yes, Yahweh will abide [in it] forever.

                  References for Psalms 68:16

                      17 The chariots of God [are] twice ten thousand, [with] thousands doubled. The Lord [is] among them [at] Sinai, distinctive [in victory].

                      References for Psalms 68:17

                        • f 68:17 - Or "[as at] Sinai, in the sanctuary"
                          18 You have ascended on high; you have led away captives. You have received gifts [from] among humankind, and even [from the] rebellious, so that Yah God may dwell [there].

                          References for Psalms 68:18

                            • g 68:18 - A shortened form of "Yahweh"
                              19 Blessed be the Lord. Daily he loads us [with benefits], the God [of] our salvation. Selah

                              References for Psalms 68:19

                                • h 68:19 - Or "daily carries our burden"
                                • i 68:19 - Or "victory"
                                  20 Our God [is] a God of deliverances, and to [the] Yahweh the Lord belong escapes from death.
                                  21 But God will shatter the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp [of the one who] {continues on} in his guilt.

                                  References for Psalms 68:21

                                    • j 68:21 - Literally "is walking about"
                                      22 The Lord said, "I will bring [them] back from Bashan; I will bring [them] back from [the] depths of [the] sea,
                                      23 so that your foot may shatter [them] bloody [for] the tongues of your dogs [to have] their share from [the] enemies."
                                      24 They have seen your processions, O God, the processions of my God, my king, distinctive [in victory].

                                      References for Psalms 68:24

                                        • k 68:24 - Or "into the sanctuary"
                                          25 Singers went up front, those playing stringed instruments last, between [them] young women [playing] tambourines.
                                          26 Bless God in [the] assemblies, Yahweh from the fountain of Israel.
                                          27 There [is] little Benjamin ruling them, [with] the princes of Judah [in] their throng, the princes of Zebulun [and] the princes of Naphtali.
                                          28 Your God has commanded your strength. Show yourself strong, O God, [by] what you perform for us.

                                          References for Psalms 68:28

                                            • l 68:28 - Or "you who have worked"
                                              29 Because your temple [is] above Jerusalem, kings will bring tribute to you.
                                              30 Rebuke [the] beasts in [the] reeds, [the] herd of bulls with [the] calves of [the] peoples, trampling the pieces of silver. Scatter [the] nations [who] delight in battles.

                                              References for Psalms 68:30

                                                • m 68:30 - Hebrew "of"
                                                • n 68:30 - Or "[until each] humbles himself [by offering] pieces of silver"
                                                  31 Ambassadors will come from Egypt; Cush will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

                                                  References for Psalms 68:31

                                                    • o 68:31 - Reading with the LXX; meaning uncertain
                                                      32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praise to [the] Lord, Selah
                                                      33 to the one who rides in the highest heavens of old. See, he gives forth his voice, a mighty voice.
                                                      34 Ascribe strength to God. His majesty [is] over Israel, and his strength [is] in the clouds.
                                                      35 Awesome [are you], O God, from your sanctuary. The God of Israel, [it is] he who gives strength and might to the people. Blessed be God.

                                                      References for Psalms 68:35

                                                        • p 68:35 - Hebrew "sanctuaries"