Psalms Chapter 68 |
1For the leader. Of David. A psalm. A song.
2God will arise,
His enemies shall be scattered,
His foes shall flee before Him.
3Disperse them as smoke is dispersed;
as wax melts at fire,
so the wicked shall perish before God.
4But the righteous shall rejoice;
they shall exult in the presence of God;
they shall be exceedingly joyful.
5Sing to God, chant hymns to His name;
extol Him who rides the clouds;
the Lord is His name.
Exult in His presence—
6the father of orphans, the champion of widows,
God, in His holy habitation.
7God restores the lonely to their homes,
sets free the imprisoned, safe and sound,
while the rebellious must live in a parched land.
8O God, when You went at the head of Your army,
when You marched through the desert, Selah.
9the earth trembled, the sky rained because of God,
yon Sinai, because of God, the God of Israel.
10You released a bountiful rain, O God;
when Your own land languished, You sustained it.
11Your tribe dwells there;
O God, in Your goodness You provide for the needy.
12The Lord gives a command;
the women who bring the news are a great host:
13“The kings and their armies are in headlong flight;
housewives are sharing in the spoils;
14even for those of you who lie among the sheepfolds
there are wings of a dove sheathed in silver,
its pinions in fine gold.”
15When Shaddai scattered the kings,
it seemed like a snowstorm in Zalmon.
16O majestic mountain, Mount Bashan;
O jagged mountain, Mount Bashan;
17why so hostile, O jagged mountains,
toward the mountain God desired as His dwelling?
The Lord shall abide there forever.
18God’s chariots are myriads upon myriads,
thousands upon thousands;
the Lord is among them as in Sinai in holiness.
19You went up to the heights, having taken captives,
having received tribute of men,
even of those who rebel
against the Lord God’s abiding there.
20Blessed is the Lord.
Day by day He supports us,
God, our deliverance. Selah.
21God is for us a God of deliverance;
God the Lord provides an escape from death.
22God will smash the heads of His enemies,
the hairy crown of him who walks about in his guilt.
23The Lord said, “I will retrieve from Bashan,
I will retrieve from the depths of the sea;
24that your feet may wade through blood;
that the tongue of your dogs may have its portion of your enemies.”
25Men see Your processions, O God,
the processions of my God, my king,
into the sanctuary.
26First come singers, then musicians,
amidst maidens playing timbrels.
27In assemblies bless God,
the Lord, O you who are from the fountain of Israel.
28There is little Benjamin who rules them,
the princes of Judah who command them,
the princes of Zebulun and Naphtali.
29Your God has ordained strength for you,
the strength, O God,
which You displayed for us
30from Your temple above Jerusalem.
The kings bring You tribute.
31Blast the beast of the marsh,
the herd of bulls among the peoples, the calves,
till they come cringing with pieces of silver.
Scatter the peoples who delight in wars!
32Tribute-bearers shall come from Egypt;
Cush shall hasten its gifts to God.
33O kingdoms of the earth,
sing to God;
chant hymns to the Lord, Selah.
34to Him who rides the ancient highest heavens,
who thunders forth with His mighty voice.
35Ascribe might to God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
whose might is in the skies.
36You are awesome, O God, in Your holy places;
it is the God of Israel who gives might and power to the people.
Blessed is God.