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Psalm 68 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:1 - For the music director. A Psalm of David. A Song.
[fn]May God arise, [fn]may His enemies be scattered,
And [fn]may those who hate Him flee from His presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:2 - As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
As wax melts before a fire,
So the wicked will perish before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:3 - But the righteous will be joyful; they will rejoice before God;
Yes, they will rejoice with gladness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:4 - Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
[fn]Exalt Him who rides through the deserts,
Whose name is [fn]the LORD, and be jubilant before Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:5 - A father of the fatherless and a judge [fn]for the widows,
Is God in His holy dwelling.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:6 - God [fn]makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the rebellious live in parched lands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:7 - God, when You went forth before Your people,
When You marched through the desert, Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:8 - The earth quaked;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
[fn]Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:9 - You made plentiful rain fall, God;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was [fn]parched.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:10 - Your creatures settled in it;
In Your kindness You provided for the poor, God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:11 - The Lord gives the [fn]command;
The women who proclaim good news are a great army:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:12 - “Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home will divide the spoils!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:13 - [fn]When you lie down among the sheepfolds,
You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And its pinions with [fn]glistening gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:14 - When the Almighty scattered the kings [fn]there,
It was snowing in Zalmon.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:15 - The mountain of Bashan is a [fn]mountain of God;
The mountain of Bashan is a mountain of many peaks.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:16 - Why do you look with envy, you mountains of many peaks,
At the mountain God has desired as His dwelling?
Indeed, the LORD will dwell there forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:17 - The chariots of God are [fn]myriads, thousands upon thousands;
[fn]The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:18 - You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among people,
Even among the rebellious as well, that [fn]the LORD God may dwell there.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:19 - Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:20 - God is to us a God of salvation;
And to [fn]GOD the Lord belong ways of escape [fn]from death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:21 - God certainly will shatter the heads of His enemies,
The hairy [fn]head of one who goes about in his guilt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:22 - The Lord [fn]said, “I will bring them back from Bashan.
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:23 - So that [fn]your foot may shatter them in blood,
And the tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:24 - They have seen Your procession, God,
The procession of my God, my King, [fn]into the sanctuary.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:25 - The singers went on, the musicians after them,
[fn]In the midst of the young women beating tambourines.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:26 - Bless God in the congregations,
Even the LORD, you who are of the fountain of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:27 - Benjamin, the [fn]youngest, is there, [fn]ruling them,
The leaders of Judah in their company,
The leaders of Zebulun, the leaders of Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:28 - [fn]Your God has commanded your strength;
Show Yourself strong, God, You who acted [fn]in our behalf.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:29 - [fn]Because of Your temple at Jerusalem
Kings will bring gifts to You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:30 - Rebuke the animals [fn]in the reeds,
The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Trampling the pieces of silver;
He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:31 - [fn]Messengers will come from Egypt;
[fn]Cush will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:32 - Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,
Sing praises to the Lord, Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:33 - To Him who rides upon the [fn]highest heavens, which are from ancient times;
Behold, He [fn]speaks with His voice, a mighty voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:34 - Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel,
And His strength is in the [fn]skies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:35 - [fn]God, You are awesome from Your [fn]sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.
Blessed be God!
NASB20 Footnotes
Or God shall
Or His enemies shall
Or those who hate Him shall
Or Prepare the way for Him
Lit of
Lit makes the solitary to dwell in a house
Lit This is Sinai which
Lit weary
Lit word
Lit If
I.e., gold alloyed with silver
Lit in it
Or mighty mountain
Lit twice 10,000
Another reading is The Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary
Heb YHWH, usually rendered LORD
I.e., in view of; lit for
Lit skull
Or says
Some ancient versions render, you may bathe your foot in blood
Or in holiness
Or The maidens in the midst
Or smallest
Or their ruler
Some mss Command, God
Lit for us
Or From Your temple
Lit of
As in LXX; MT uncertain, possibly, Articles of bronze; or Articles of red cloth
Or Ethiopia
Lit heaven of heavens of old
Lit gives forth
Lit clouds
Or Awesome is God from your sanctuary
Lit holy places

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