Psalm 68
God’s Majestic Power
For the choir director. A psalm of David. A song.
1God arises. His enemies scatter,
and those who hate him flee from his presence.68:1 Nm 10:35; Ps 7:6; Ezk 30:26
2As smoke is blown away,
so you blow them away.
As wax melts before the fire,
so the wicked are destroyed before God.68:2 Ps 37:20; Hs 13:3
3But the righteous are glad;
they rejoice before God and celebrate with joy.68:3 Ps 32:11; 40:16; 64:10

4Sing to God! Sing praises to his name.
Exalt him who rides on the clouds68:4 Or rides through the desert — 
his name is the Lord68:4 Hb Yah — and celebrate before him.68:4 Dt 33:26; Ps 7:17; 66:4; Is 19:1
5God in his holy dwelling is
a father of the fatherless
and a champion of widows.68:5 Dt 24:17,19; Ps 146:9
6God provides homes for those who are deserted.
He leads out the prisoners to prosperity,68:6 Or prisoners with joyous music; Hb uncertain
but the rebellious live in a scorched land.68:6 Ps 107:14; 113:9; 146:7

7God, when you went out before your people,
when you marched through the desert,Selah
8the earth trembled and the skies poured rain
before God, the God of Sinai,68:8 Or God, this one of Sinai
before God, the God of Israel.68:7–8 Ex 19:16–18; Jdg 5:4–5
9You, God, showered abundant rain;
you revived your inheritance when it languished.68:9 Lv 26:4; Ezk 34:26
10Your people settled in it;
God, you provided for the poor by your goodness.68:10 Ps 74:19; 78:20; 107:9

11The Lord gave the command;
a great company of women brought the good news:68:11 1Sm 18:6–7
12“The kings of the armies flee — they flee!”
She who stays at home divides the spoil.68:12 Jos 10:16; Jdg 5:30
13While68:13 Or If you lie among the sheep pens,68:13 Or the campfires, or the saddlebags; Hb obscure
the wings of a dove are covered with silver,
and its feathers with glistening gold.68:13 Gn 49:14; Jdg 5:16
14When the Almighty scattered kings in the land,
it snowed on Zalmon.68:14 Or Black Mountain68:14 Jos 10:10; Jdg 9:48

15Mount Bashan is God’s towering mountain;
Mount Bashan is a mountain of many peaks.68:15 Ps 36:6
16Why gaze with envy, you mountain peaks,
at the mountain God desired for his abode?
The Lord will dwell there forever!68:16 Ps 48:1–2; 132:13–14; Is 2:2–4
17God’s chariots are tens of thousands,
thousands and thousands;68:17 Hab 3:8
the Lord is among them in the sanctuary68:17 Or in holiness, also in v. 24
as he was at Sinai.68:17 Dt 33:2
18You ascended to the heights, taking away captives;
you received gifts from68:18 Lit among people,
even from the rebellious,
so that the Lord God might dwell there.68:18 Or even those rebelling against the Lord God’s living there; Hb obscure68:18 Dt 21:10; Ps 7:7; Eph 4:8

19Blessed be the Lord!
Day after day he bears our burdens;
God is our salvation.68:19 Ps 55:22; Is 46:3–4Selah
20Our God is a God of salvation,
and escape from death belongs to the Lord my Lord.68:20 Dt 32:39; Ps 49:15; 56:13
21Surely God crushes the heads of his enemies,
the hairy brow of one who goes on in his guilty acts.68:21 Ps 110:6; Hab 3:13
22The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan;
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea68:22 Nm 21:33; Am 9:1–4
23so that your foot may wade68:23 LXX, Syr read dip in blood
and your dogs’ tongues may have their share
from the enemies.”68:23 1Kg 21:19; 22:38; Jr 15:3
24People have seen your procession, God,
the procession of my God,
my King, in the sanctuary.68:24 Ps 42:4; Is 60:11
25Singers lead the way,
with musicians following;
among them are young women
playing tambourines.68:25 Ex 15:20; Jdg 11:34; 1Sm 18:6
26Bless God in the assemblies;
bless the Lord from the fountain of Israel.68:26 Ps 22:25; 26:12
27There is Benjamin, the youngest, leading them,
the rulers of Judah in their assembly,68:27 Hb obscure
the rulers of Zebulun, the rulers of Naphtali.68:27 Jdg 5:14,18; 1Sm 9:21

28Your God has decreed your strength.
Show your strength, God,
you who have acted on our behalf.68:28 Ps 44:4; Is 26:12
29Because of your temple at Jerusalem,
kings will bring tribute to you.68:29 Ps 72:10; Is 18:7; Hg 2:7
30Rebuke the beast in the reeds,
the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.68:30 Ps 22:12
Trample underfoot those with bars of silver.68:30 Or peoples, trampling on those who take pleasure in silver, or peoples, trampling on the bars of silver, or peoples, who trample each other for bars of silver
Scatter the peoples who take pleasure in war.68:30 Ps 18:42; 89:10
31Ambassadors will come68:31 Or They bring red cloth, or They bring bronze from Egypt;
Cush will stretch out its hands to God.68:31 Is 45:14; Zph 3:10

32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
sing praise to the Lord,68:32 Ps 67:4; 102:22Selah
33to him who rides in the ancient, highest heavens.68:33 Dt 33:26
Look, he thunders with his powerful voice!68:33 Ps 29:3–5; 46:6; Is 30:30
34Ascribe power to God.
His majesty is over Israel;
his power is among the clouds.68:34 Ps 29:1; 150:1
35God, you are awe-inspiring in your sanctuaries.
The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!68:35 Dt 10:21; Ps 29:11; Is 40:29