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Psalm 68 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God will arise. His enemies will be scattered. Those who hate him will flee from him. 1 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.
2 Blow them away like smoke. Let wicked people melt in God's presence like wax next to a fire. 2 As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.
3 But let righteous people rejoice. Let them celebrate in God's presence. Let them overflow with joy. 3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
4 Sing to God; make music to praise his name. Make a highway for him to ride through the deserts. The LORD is his name. Celebrate in his presence. 4 Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds-- his name is the LORD -- and rejoice before him.
5 The God who is in his holy dwelling place is the father of the fatherless and the defender of widows. 5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God places lonely people in families. He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives, but rebellious people must live in an unproductive land. 6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
7 O God, when you went in front of your people, when you marched through the desert, Selah 7 When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland, "Selah"
8 the earth quaked and the sky poured in the presence of the God of Sinai, in the presence of the God of Israel. 8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
9 You watered the land with plenty of rain, O God. You refreshed it when your land was exhausted. 9 You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 Your flock settled there. Out of your goodness, O God, you provided for oppressed people. 10 Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.
11 The Lord gives instructions. The women who announce the good news are a large army. 11 The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
12 [They say,] "The kings of the armies flee; they run away. The women who remained at home will divide the goods. 12 "Kings and armies flee in haste; in the camps men divide the plunder.
13 Though you stayed among the sheep pens, [you will be like] the wings of a dove covered with silver, its feathers with yellow gold. 13 Even while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of [my] dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold."
14 Meanwhile, the Almighty was still scattering kings there like snow falling on Mount Zalmon." 14 When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Zalmon.
15 The mountain of Bashan is the mountain of God. The mountain of Bashan is the mountain with many peaks. 15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains; rugged are the mountains of Bashan.
16 Why do you look with envy, you mountains with many peaks, at the mountain where God has chosen to live? Certainly, the LORD will live there forever. 16 Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand in number, thousands upon thousands. The Lord is among them. [The God of] Sinai is in his holy place. 17 The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord [has come] from Sinai into his sanctuary.
18 You went to the highest place. You took prisoners captive. You received gifts from people, even from rebellious people, so that the LORD God may live there. 18 When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious-- that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.
19 Thanks be to the Lord, who daily carries our burdens for us. God is our salvation. Selah 19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. "Selah"
20 Our God is the God of victories. The Almighty LORD is our escape from death. 20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.
21 Certainly, God will crush the heads of his enemies [and destroy even] the hair on the heads of those who continue to be guilty. 21 Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
22 The Lord said, "I will bring them back from Bashan. I will bring them back from the depths of the sea 22 The Lord says, "I will bring them from Bashan; I will bring them from the depths of the sea,
23 so that you, [my people,] may bathe your feet in blood and the tongues of your dogs may lick the blood of your enemies." 23 that you may plunge your feet in the blood of your foes, while the tongues of your dogs have their share."
24 Your festival processions, O God, can be seen by everyone. They are the processions for my God, my king, into the holy place. 24 Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.
25 The singers are in front. The musicians are behind them. The young women beating tambourines are between them. 25 In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the maidens playing tambourines.
26 Thank God, the Lord, the source of Israel, with the choirs. 26 Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.
27 Benjamin, the youngest, is leading them, [next] the leaders of Judah with their noisy crowds, [then] the leaders of Zebulun, [then] the leaders of Naphtali. 27 There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them, there the great throng of Judah's princes, and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.
28 Your God has decided you will be strong. Display your strength, O God, as you have for us before. 28 Summon your power, O God; show us your strength, O God, as you have done before.
29 Kings will bring you gifts because of your temple high above Jerusalem. 29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts.
30 Threaten the beast who is among the cattails, the herd of bulls with the calves of the nations, until it humbles itself with pieces of silver. Scatter the people who find joy in war. 30 Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may it bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.
31 Ambassadors will come from Egypt. Sudan will stretch out its hands to God [in prayer]. 31 Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush will submit herself to God.
32 You kingdoms of the world, sing to God. Make music to praise the Lord. Selah 32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, "Selah"
33 God rides through the ancient heaven, the highest heaven. Listen! He makes his voice heard, his powerful voice. 33 to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice.
34 Acknowledge the power of God. His majesty is over Israel, and his power is in the skies. 34 Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies.
35 God, the God of Israel, is awe-inspiring in his holy place. He gives strength and power to his people. Thanks be to God! 35 You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!