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Psalm 68 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Glory of God in His Goodness to Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:1 - To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.

Let God arise,
Let His enemies be scattered;
Let those also 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 at the presence of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:3 - But let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:4 - Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Extol Him who rides on the clouds,[fn]
By His name YAH,
And rejoice before Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:5 - A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:6 - God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:7 - O God, when You went out before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:8 - The earth shook;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:9 - You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
When it was weary.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:10 - Your congregation dwelt in it;
You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:11 - The Lord gave the word;
Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:12 - “Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home divides the spoil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:13 - Though you lie down among the sheepfolds,
You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her feathers with yellow gold.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:14 - When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
It was white as snow in Zalmon.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:15 - A 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 fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks?
This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in;
Yes, the LORD will dwell in it forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:17 - The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
Even thousands of thousands;
The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:18 - You have ascended on high,
You have led captivity captive;
You have received gifts among men,
Even from the rebellious,
That the LORD God might dwell there.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:19 - Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:20 - Our God is the God of salvation;
And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:21 - But God will wound the head of His enemies,
The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:22 - The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:23 - That your foot may crush them[fn] in blood,
And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:24 - They have seen Your procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:25 - The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:26 - Bless God in the congregations,
The Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:27 - There is little Benjamin, their leader,
The princes of Judah and their company,
The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:28 - Your God has commanded[fn] your strength;
Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:29 - Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
Kings will bring presents to You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:30 - Rebuke the beasts of the reeds,
The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver.
Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:31 - Envoys will come out of Egypt;
Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:32 - Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
Oh, sing praises to the Lord, Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:33 - To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:34 - Ascribe strength to God;
His excellence is over Israel,
And His strength is in the clouds.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 68:35 - O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.

Blessed be God!
NKJV Footnotes
Masoretic Text reads deserts; Targum reads heavens (compare verse 34 and Isaiah 19:1).
Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read you may dip your foot.
Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read Command, O God.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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