Psalm 68 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Up with God! Down with his enemies! Adversaries, run for the hills! 1 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.
2 Gone like a puff of smoke, like a blob of wax in the fire - one look at God and the wicked vanish. 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 When the righteous see God in action they'll laugh, they'll sing, they'll laugh and sing for joy. 3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
4 Sing hymns to God; all heaven, sing out; clear the way for the coming of Cloud-Rider. Enjoy God, cheer when you see him! 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 Father of orphans, champion of widows, is God in his holy house. 5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God makes homes for the homeless, leads prisoners to freedom, but leaves rebels to rot in hell. 6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
7 God, when you took the lead with your people, when you marched out into the wild, 7 When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland, "Selah"
8 Earth shook, sky broke out in a sweat; God was on the march. Even Sinai trembled at the sight of God on the move, at the sight of Israel's God. 8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
9 You pour out rain in buckets, O God; thorn and cactus become an oasis 9 You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.
10 For your people to camp in and enjoy. You set them up in business; they went from rags to riches. 10 Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word; thousands called out the good news: 11 The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
12 "Kings of the armies are on the run, on the run!" 12 "Kings and armies flee in haste; in the camps men divide the plunder.
13 While housewives, safe and sound back home, divide up the plunder, the plunder of Canaanite silver and gold. 13 Even while you sleep among the campfires, the wings of [my] dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold."
14 On that day that Shaddai scattered the kings, snow fell on Black Mountain. 14 When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Zalmon.
15 You huge mountains, Bashan mountains, mighty mountains, dragon mountains. 15 The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains; rugged are the mountains of Bashan.
16 All you mountains not chosen, sulk now, and feel sorry for yourselves, For this is the mountain God has chosen to live on; he'll rule from this mountain 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, twice ten thousand, and thousands more besides, The Lord in the lead, riding down Sinai - straight to the 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 climbed to the High Place, captives in tow, your arms full of booty from rebels, And now you sit there in state, God, sovereign God! 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 Blessed be the Lord - day after day he carries us along. 19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. "Selah"
20 He's our Savior, our God, oh yes! He's God-for-us, he's God-who-saves-us. Lord God knows all death's ins and outs. 20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.
21 What's more, he made heads roll, split the skulls of the enemy As he marched out of heaven, 21 Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
22 saying, "I tied up the Dragon in knots, put a muzzle on the Deep Blue Sea." 22 The Lord says, "I will bring them from Bashan; I will bring them from the depths of the sea,
23 You can wade through your enemies' blood, and your dogs taste of your enemies from your boots. 23 that you may plunge your feet in the blood of your foes, while the tongues of your dogs have their share."
24 See God on parade to the sanctuary, my God, my King on the march! 24 Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.
25 Singers out front, the band behind, maidens in the middle with castanets. 25 In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the maidens playing tambourines.
26 The whole choir blesses God. Like a fountain of praise, Israel blesses God. 26 Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.
27 Look - little Benjamin's out front and leading Princes of Judah in their royal robes, princes of Zebulon, princes 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 Parade your power, O God, the power, O God, that made us what we are. 28 Summon your power, O God; show us your strength, O God, as you have done before.
29 Your temple, High God, is Jerusalem; kings bring gifts to you. 29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts.
30 Rebuke that old crocodile, Egypt, with her herd of wild bulls and calves, Rapacious in her lust for silver, crushing peoples, spoiling for a fight. 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 Let Egyptian traders bring blue cloth and Cush come running to God, her hands outstretched. 31 Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush will submit herself to God.
32 Sing, O kings of the earth! Sing praises to the Lord! 32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, "Selah"
33 There he is: Sky-Rider, striding the ancient skies. Listen - he's calling in thunder, rumbling, rolling thunder. 33 to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice.
34 Call out "Bravo!" to God, the High God of Israel. His splendor and strength rise huge as thunderheads. 34 Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies.
35 A terrible beauty, O God, streams from your sanctuary. It's Israel's strong God! He gives power and might to his people! O you, his people - bless 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!