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Psalm 68 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:1 - [fn]For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song. May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:2 - May you blow them away like smoke— as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:3 - But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:4 - Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds[fn]; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:5 - A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:6 - God sets the lonely in families,[fn] he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:7 - When you, God, went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:8 - the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:9 - You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:10 - Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:11 - The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:12 - “Kings and armies flee in haste; the women at home divide the plunder.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:13 - Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,[fn] the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:14 - When the Almighty[fn] scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:15 - Mount Bashan, majestic mountain, Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:16 - why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:17 - The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:18 - When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from[fn] the rebellious— that you,[fn] LORD God, might dwell there.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:19 - Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:20 - Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:21 - Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:22 - The Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan; I will bring them from the depths of the sea,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:23 - that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes, while the tongues of your dogs have their share.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:24 - Your procession, God, has come into view, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:25 - In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the young women playing the timbrels.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:26 - Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:27 - There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them, there the great throng of Judah’s princes, and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:28 - Summon your power, God[fn]; show us your strength, our God, as you have done before.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:29 - Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:30 - Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:31 - Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush[fn] will submit herself to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:32 - Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:33 - to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:34 - Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:35 - You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 68:1-35 is numbered 68:2-36.
Or name, / prepare the way for him who rides through the deserts
Or the desolate in a homeland
The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 19 and 32.
Or the campfires; or the saddlebags
Hebrew Shaddai
Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lord is among them at Sinai in holiness
Or gifts for people, / even
Or they
Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Your God has summoned power for you
That is, the upper Nile region

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