Psalm 66-69 New American Standard Bible

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Praise for God's Mighty Deeds

66 1  Shout joyfully to God , all the earth ; 2  Sing the glory of His name ; Make His praise glorious . 3  Say to God , "How awesome are Your works ! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You. 4  " All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name ." Selah . 5  Come and see the works of God , Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men . 6  He turned the sea into dry land ; They passed through the river on foot ; There let us rejoice in Him! 7  He rules by His might forever ; His eyes keep watch on the nations ; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah .

8  Bless our God , O peoples , And sound e His praise abroad, 9  Who keeps us in life And does not allow our feet to slip . 10  For You have tried us, O God ; You have refined us as silver is refined . 11  You brought us into the net ; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins . 12  You made men ride over our heads ; We went through fire and through water , Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance .

13  I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings ; I shall pay You my vows , 14  Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was in distress . 15  I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts , With the smoke of rams ; I shall make an offering of bulls with male goats . Selah . 16  Come and hear , all who fear God , And I will tell of what He has done for my soul . 17  I cried to Him with my mouth , And He was extolled with my tongue . 18  If I regard wickedness in my heart , The Lord will not hear ; 19  But certainly God has heard ; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer . 20  Blessed be God , Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me.

The Nations Exhorted to Praise God

67 1  God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us- Selah . 2  That Your way may be known on the earth , Your salvation among all nations . 3  Let the peoples praise You, O God ; Let all the peoples praise You. 4  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy ; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness And guide the nations on the earth . Selah . 5  Let the peoples praise You, O God ; Let all the peoples praise You. 6  The earth has yielded its produce ; God , our God , blesses us. 7  God blesses us, That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary

68 1  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 !

A Cry of Distress

69 1  Save me, O God , For the waters have threatened e my life . 2  I have sunk in deep mire , and there is no foothold ; I have come into deep waters , and a flood overflows me. 3  I am weary with my crying ; my throat is parched ; My eyes fail while I wait for my God . 4  Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head ; Those who would destroy me are powerful , being wrongfully my enemies ; What I did not steal , I then have to restore . 5  O God , it is You who knows my folly , And my wrongs are not hidden from You. 6  May those who wait for You not be ashamed through me, O Lord GOD of hosts ; May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel , 7  Because for Your sake I have borne reproach ; Dishonor has covered my face . 8  I have become estranged from my brothers And an alien to my mother's sons . 9  For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. 10  When I wept in my soul with fasting , It became my reproach . 11  When I made sackcloth my clothing , I became a byword to them. 12  Those who sit in the gate talk about me, And I am the song of the drunkards e .

13  But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord , at an acceptable time ; O God , in the greatness of Your lovingkindness , Answer me with Your saving truth . 14  Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink ; May I be delivered from my foes and from the deep waters . 15  May the flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the pit shut its mouth on me. 16  Answer me, O Lord , for Your lovingkindness is good ; According to the greatness of Your compassion , turn to me, 17  And do not hide Your face from Your servant , For I am in distress ; answer me quickly . 18  Oh draw near to my soul and redeem it; Ransom me because of my enemies ! 19  You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor ; All my adversaries are before You. 20  Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick . And I looked for sympathy , but there was none , And for comforters , but I found none . 21  They also gave me gall for my food And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink .

22  May their table before them become a snare ; And when they are in peace , may it become a trap . 23  May their eyes grow dim so that they cannot see , And make their loins shake continually . 24  Pour out Your indignation on them, And may Your burning anger overtake them. 25  May their camp be desolate ; May none dwell in their tents . 26  For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten , And they tell of the pain of those whom You have wounded . 27  Add iniquity to their iniquity , And may they not come into Your righteousness . 28  May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous . 29  But I am afflicted and in pain ; May Your salvation , O God , set me securely on high .

30  I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving . 31  And it will please the Lord better than an ox Or a young bull with horns and hoofs . 32  The humble have seen it and are glad ; You who seek God , let your heart revive . 33  For the Lord hears the needy And does not despise His who are prisoners . 34  Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them. 35  For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah , That they may dwell there and possess it. 36  The descendants of His servants will inherit it, And those who love His name will dwell in it.

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