Psalm 68

For the [music] director. Of David. A psalm. A song.

Praise to God for Providing Victory

1 God will arise; his enemies will be scattered, and those who hate him will flee from before him.
2 As smoke is driven off, you will drive [them] off. As wax melts before fire, [the] wicked will perish before God.
3 But [the] righteous will be glad; they will exalt before God, and will rejoice with joy.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name. Lift up [a song] to [the] rider on the clouds--his name is Yah-- and rejoice before him.
5 A father to orphans and a judge for widows [is] God in his holy habitation.
6 God settles the lonely in a home; he brings prisoners out into prosperity. But the rebellious abide in a barren land.
7 O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through [the] desert, Selah
8 [the] earth shook; [the] heavens also dripped [rain] at the presence of God who [was] at Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 You caused abundant rain to fall, O God. When your inheritance was weary you revived it.
10 Your community dwelled in it. You provided in your goodness for the poor, O God.
11 The Lord gives [the] word. Great is the company of women who announce:
12 "[The] kings of armies flee, they flee, and she [who] remains at home divides [the] spoil.
13 Though you [men] lie down between the sheepfolds, [you will be like the] wings of a dove covered in silver and its pinions in yellow gold."
14 When Shaddai scattered kings on it, on Zalmon it snowed.
15 A mountain of God [is] the mountain of Bashan; a mountain of [many] peaks [is] the mountain of Bashan.
16 Why do you look with hostility, O many-peaked mountains? This mountain God desires for his dwelling. Yes, Yahweh will abide [in it] forever.
17 The chariots of God [are] twice ten thousand, [with] thousands doubled. The Lord [is] among them [at] Sinai, distinctive [in victory].
18 You have ascended on high; you have led away captives. You have received gifts [from] among humankind, and even [from the] rebellious, so that Yah God may dwell [there].
19 Blessed be the Lord. Daily he loads us [with benefits], the God [of] our salvation. Selah
20 Our God [is] a God of deliverances, and to [the] Yahweh the Lord belong escapes from death.
21 But God will shatter the head of his enemies, the hairy scalp [of the one who] {continues on} in his guilt.
22 The Lord said, "I will bring [them] back from Bashan; I will bring [them] back from [the] depths of [the] sea,
23 so that your foot may shatter [them] bloody [for] the tongues of your dogs [to have] their share from [the] enemies."
24 They have seen your processions, O God, the processions of my God, my king, distinctive [in victory].
25 Singers went up front, those playing stringed instruments last, between [them] young women [playing] tambourines.
26 Bless God in [the] assemblies, Yahweh from the fountain of Israel.
27 There [is] little Benjamin ruling them, [with] the princes of Judah [in] their throng, the princes of Zebulun [and] the princes of Naphtali.
28 Your God has commanded your strength. Show yourself strong, O God, [by] what you perform for us.
29 Because your temple [is] above Jerusalem, kings will bring tribute to you.
30 Rebuke [the] beasts in [the] reeds, [the] herd of bulls with [the] calves of [the] peoples, trampling the pieces of silver. Scatter [the] nations [who] delight in battles.
31 Ambassadors will come from Egypt; Cush will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praise to [the] Lord, Selah
33 to the one who rides in the highest heavens of old. See, he gives forth his voice, a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe strength to God. His majesty [is] over Israel, and his strength [is] in the clouds.
35 Awesome [are you], O God, from your sanctuary. The God of Israel, [it is] he who gives strength and might to the people. Blessed be God.
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