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Psalm 68 (Today's New International Version)

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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. 2 May you blow them away like smoke--4 as wax melts5 before the fire, may the wicked perish6 before God. 3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice7 before God; may they be happy and joyful. 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 5 A father to the fatherless,11 a defender of widows,12 is God in his holy dwelling.13 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 7 When you, God, went out18 before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,c19 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 9 You gave abundant showers,24 O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. 10 Your people settled in it, and from your bounty,25 God, you provided26 for the poor. 11 The Lord announced the word, and great was the company27 of those who proclaimed it: 12 "Kings and armies flee28 in haste; every household shares in the plunder.29 13 Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,d30 the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold." 14 When the Almightye scattered31 the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.32 15 Mount Bashan,33 majestic mountain,34 Mount Bashan, rugged mountain, 16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, at the mountain where God chooses35 to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?36 17 The chariots37 of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands;38 the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.f 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. 19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,44 who daily bears our burdens.45 20 Our God is a God who saves;46 from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.47 21 Surely God will crush the heads48 of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins. 22 The Lord says, "I will bring them from Bashan; I will bring them from the depths of the sea,49 23 that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,50 while the tongues of your dogs51 have their share." 24 Your procession, God, has come into view, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.52 25 In front are the singers,53 after them the musicians;54 with them are the young women playing the timbrels.55 26 Praise God in the great congregation;56 praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.57 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 28 Summon your power,61 Godi; show us your strength,62 our God, as you have done63 before. 29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts.64 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 31 Envoys will come from Egypt;70 Cushj71 will submit herself to God. 32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,72 sing praise73 to the Lord, 33 to him who rides74 the ancient skies above, who thunders75 with mighty voice.76 34 Proclaim the power77 of God, whose majesty78 is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. 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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