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Psalm 68 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:1 - For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.
[fn]Let God arise, [fn]let His enemies be scattered,
And [fn]let those who hate Him flee before Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:2 - As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:3 - But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God;
Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:4 - Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
[fn]Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts,
Whose name is [fn]the LORD, and exult before Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:5 - A father of the fatherless and a judge [fn]for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:6 - God [fn]makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:7 - O God, when You went forth before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, [fn]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 shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was [fn]parched.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:10 - Your creatures settled in it;
You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:11 - The Lord gives the [fn]command;
The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:12 - “Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:13 - [fn]When you lie down among the [fn]sheepfolds,
You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And its pinions with 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 - A [fn]mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:16 - 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.
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 men,
Even among the rebellious also, 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 deliverances;
And to [fn]GOD the Lord belong escapes [fn]from death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:21 - Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies,
The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.
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 - That [fn]your foot may shatter them in blood,
The tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:24 - They have seen Your [fn]procession, O God,
The [fn]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 maidens 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 - There is Benjamin, the [fn]youngest, [fn]ruling them,
The princes of Judah in their throng,
The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:28 - [fn]Your God has commanded your strength;
Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted [fn]on 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 beasts [fn]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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:31 - Envoys will come out of Egypt;
[fn]Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:32 - Sing to God, O 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 forth 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]O God, You are awesome from Your [fn]sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.
Blessed be God!
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, God shall
Or, His enemies shall
Or, those who hate Him shall
Or, Cast up a highway
Hebrew: YAH
Literally: of
Literally: makes the solitary to dwell in a house
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
Literally: This is Sinai which
Literally: weary
Literally: word
Literally: If
Or, cooking stones or saddle bags
Literally: in it
Or, mighty mountain is
Literally: twice ten thousand
Another reading is The Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary
Hebrew: YAH
Hebrew: YHWH, usually rendered LORD
I.e. in view of; lit for
Or, says
Some versions render, you may bathe your foot in blood
Literally: goings
Literally: in the sanctuary; or in holiness
Or, The maidens in the midst
Or, smallest
Or, their ruler
Some mss read Command, God
Literally: for us
Or, From Your temple
Literally: of
Literally: Cush
Literally: heaven of heavens of old
Literally: gives forth
Literally: clouds
Or, Awesome is God from your sanctuary
Literally: holy places

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