Psalm 68 TNIV

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 May you blow them away like smoke--4 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 in praise of his name,8 extol him who rides on the cloudsa9; rejoice before him--his name is the LORD.10

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    • a 68:4 - Or "name, / 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 out 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, God, went out18 before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,c19

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            • c 68:7 - The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 19 and 32.
              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 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; every household shares in the plunder.29

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              13 Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,d30 the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold."

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                • d 68:13 - Or "the campfires;" or "the saddlebags"
                  14 When the Almightye scattered31 the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.32

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                  15 Mount Bashan,33 majestic mountain,34 Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,

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                  16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, 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.f

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                    • f 68:17 - Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text "Lord is among them at Sinai in holiness"
                      18 When you ascended39 on high,40 you took many captives;41 you received gifts from people,42 even fromg the rebellious43-- that you,h LORD God, might dwell there.

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

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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 your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,50 while the tongues of your dogs51 have their share."

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                          24 Your procession, God, has come into view, 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 young women playing the timbrels.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 Godi; show us your strength,62 our God, as you have done63 before.

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                            • i 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 Cushj71 will submit herself to God.

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                                • j 68:31 - That is, the upper Nile region
                                  32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,72 sing praise73 to the Lord,

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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, God, are awesome79 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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