Psalm 68 NIV

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.

1 May God arise,1 may his enemies be scattered;2 may his foes flee3 before him.

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2 As smoke4 is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts5 before the fire, may the wicked perish6 before God.

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3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice7 before God; may they be happy and joyful.

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4 Sing to God, sing praise to his name,8 extol him who rides on the cloudsa9-- his name is the LORD 10-- and rejoice before him.

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    • a 68:4 - Or / "prepare the way for him who rides through the deserts"
      5 A father to the fatherless,11 a defender of widows,12 is God in his holy dwelling.13

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      6 God sets the lonely14 in families,b15 he leads forth the prisoners16 with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.17

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        • b 68:6 - Or "the desolate in a homeland"
          7 When you went out18 before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland,19 "Selah"

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          8 the earth shook,20 the heavens poured down rain,21 before God, the One of Sinai,22 before God, the God of Israel.23

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          9 You gave abundant showers,24 O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.

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          10 Your people settled in it, and from your bounty,25 O God, you provided26 for the poor.

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          11 The Lord announced the word, and great was the company27 of those who proclaimed it:

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          12 "Kings and armies flee28 in haste; in the camps men divide the plunder.29

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          13 Even while you sleep among the campfires,c30 the wings of [my] dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold."

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            • c 68:13 - Or "saddlebags"
              14 When the Almightyd scattered31 the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Zalmon.32

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              15 The mountains of Bashan33 are majestic mountains;34 rugged are the mountains of Bashan.

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              16 Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses35 to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?36

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              17 The chariots37 of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands;38 the Lord [has come] from Sinai into his sanctuary.

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              18 When you ascended39 on high,40 you led captives41 in your train; you received gifts from men,42 even frome the rebellious43-- that you,f O LORD God, might dwell there.

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                • e 68:18 - Or "gifts for men, / even"
                • f 68:18 - Or "they"
                  19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,44 who daily bears our burdens.45 "Selah"

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                  20 Our God is a God who saves;46 from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.47

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                  21 Surely God will crush the heads48 of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.

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                  22 The Lord says, "I will bring them from Bashan; I will bring them from the depths of the sea,49

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                  23 that you may plunge your feet in the blood of your foes,50 while the tongues of your dogs51 have their share."

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                  24 Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.52

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                  25 In front are the singers,53 after them the musicians;54 with them are the maidens playing tambourines.55

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                  26 Praise God in the great congregation;56 praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.57

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                  27 There is the little tribe58 of Benjamin,59 leading them, there the great throng of Judah's princes, and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.60

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                  28 Summon your power,61 O Godg; show us your strength,62 O God, as you have done63 before.

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                    • g 68:28 - Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts "Your God has summoned power for you"
                      29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts.64

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                      30 Rebuke the beast65 among the reeds,66 the herd of bulls67 among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may it bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations68 who delight in war.69

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                      31 Envoys will come from Egypt;70 Cushh71 will submit herself to God.

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                        • h 68:31 - That is, the upper Nile region
                          32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,72 sing praise73 to the Lord, "Selah"

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                          33 to him who rides74 the ancient skies above, who thunders75 with mighty voice.76

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                          34 Proclaim the power77 of God, whose majesty78 is over Israel, whose power is in the skies.

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                          35 You are awesome,79 O God, in your sanctuary;80 the God of Israel gives power and strength81 to his people.82 Praise be to God!83

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