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For the Chief Musician; A Psalm of David, a song.
68 1Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered;
Let them also that hate him flee before him.
2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away:
As wax melteth before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God:
Yea, let them rejoice with gladness.
4Sing unto God, sing praises to his name:
Cast up a highway for him that rideth through the deserts;
His name is Jehovah; and exult ye before him.
5A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,
Is God in his holy habitation.
6God setteth the solitary in families:
He bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
7O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people,
When thou didst march through the wilderness;
8The earth trembled,
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God:
Yon Sinai trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain,
Thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
10Thy congregation dwelt therein:
Thou, O God, didst prepare of thy goodness for the poor.
11The Lord giveth the word:
The women that publish the tidings are a great host.
12Kings of armies flee, they flee;
And she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.
13When ye lie among the sheepfolds,
It is as the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her pinions with yellow gold.
14When the Almighty scattered kings therein,
It was as when it snoweth in Zalmon.
15A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A high mountain is the mountain of Bashan.
16Why look ye askance, ye high mountains,
At the mountain which God hath desired for his abode?
Yea, Jehovah will dwell in it for ever.
17The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands upon thousands;
The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the sanctuary.
18Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led away captives;
Thou hast received gifts among men,
Yea, among the rebellious also, that Jehovah God might dwell with them.
19Blessed be the Lord, who daily beareth our burden,
Even the God who is our salvation.
20God is unto us a God of deliverances;
And unto Jehovah the Lord belongeth escape from death.
21But God will smite through the head of his enemies,
The hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his guiltiness.
22The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan,
I will bring them again from the depths of the sea;
23That thou mayest crush them, dipping thy foot in blood,
That the tongue of thy dogs may have its portion from thine enemies.
24They have seen thy goings, O God,
Even the goings of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
25The singers went before, the minstrels followed after,
In the midst of the damsels playing with timbrels.
26Bless ye God in the congregations,
Even the Lord, ye that are of the fountain of Israel.
27There is little Benjamin their ruler,
The princes of Judah and their council,
The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
28Thy God hath commanded thy strength:
Strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.
29Because of thy temple at Jerusalem
Kings shall bring presents unto thee.
30Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds,
The multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the peoples,
Trampling under foot the pieces of silver:
He hath scattered the peoples that delight in war.
31Princes shall come out of Egypt;
Ethiopia shall haste to stretch out her hands unto God.
32Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth;
Oh sing praises unto the Lord;
33To him that rideth upon the heaven of heavens, which are of old;
Lo, he uttereth his voice, a mighty voice.
34Ascribe ye strength unto God:
His excellency is over Israel,
And his strength is in the skies.
35O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places:
The God of Israel, he giveth strength and power unto his people.
Blessed be God.
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