Psalm 68 New American Standard Bible

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary

68 Let God arise , let His enemies be scattered , And let those who hate Him flee before e Him. 2  As smoke is driven away , so drive them away ; As wax melts before e the fire , So let the wicked perish before e God . 3  But let the righteous be glad ; let them exult before God ; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness . 4  Sing to God , sing praises to His name ; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts , Whose name is the Lord , and exult before Him. 5  A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows , Is God in His holy habitation . 6  God makes a home for the lonely ; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity , Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land .

7  O God , when You went forth before Your people , When You marched through the wilderness , Selah . 8  The earth quaked ; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God ; Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God , the God of Israel . 9  You shed abroad a plentiful rain , O God ; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched . 10  Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor , O God . 11  The Lord gives the command ; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host : 12  " Kings of armies flee , they flee , And she who remains at home will divide the spoil !" 13  When you lie down among the sheepfolds , You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver , And its pinions with glistening gold . 14  When the Almighty scattered the kings there, It was snowing in Zalmon .

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 envy , O mountains with many peaks , At the mountain which God has desired for His abode ? Surely the Lord will dwell there forever . 17  The chariots of God are myriads , thousands upon thousands ; The Lord is among them as at Sinai , in holiness . 18  You have ascended on high , You have led captive Your captives ; You have received gifts among men , Even among the rebellious also , that the Lord God may dwell there. 19  Blessed be the Lord , who daily bears our burden , The God who is our salvation . Selah . 20  God is to us a God of deliverances ; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death . 21  Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies , The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds .

22  The Lord said , " I will bring them back from Bashan . I will bring them back from the depths of the sea ; 23  That your foot may shatter them in blood , The tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies ." 24  They have seen Your procession , O God , The procession of my God , my King , into the sanctuary . 25  The singers went on, the musicians after them, In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines . 26  Bless God in the congregations , Even the Lord , you who are of the fountain of Israel . 27  There is Benjamin , the youngest , ruling them, The princes of Judah in their throng , The princes of Zebulun , the princes of Naphtali . 28  Your God has commanded your strength ; Show Yourself strong , O God , who have acted on our behalf. 29  Because of Your temple at Jerusalem Kings will bring gifts to You. 30  Rebuke the beasts in the reeds , The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples , Trampling under foot the pieces of silver ; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war . 31  Envoys will come out of Egypt ; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God .

32  Sing to God , O kingdoms of the earth , Sing praises to the Lord , Selah . 33  To Him who rides upon the highest heavens , which are from ancient times ; Behold , He speaks forth with His voice , a mighty voice . 34  Ascribe strength to God ; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies . 35  O God , You are awesome from Your sanctuary . The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people . Blessed be God !

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