The Glory of God in His Goodness to Israel
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.
1Let God arise,
Let His enemies be scattered;
Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
2As smoke is driven away,
So drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3But let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
4Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Extol68:4 Praise Him who rides on the 68:4 MT deserts; Tg. heavens (cf. v. 34 and Is. 19:1)clouds,
By His name 68:4 Lit. Lord, a shortened Heb. formYah,
And rejoice before Him.
5A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
6God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
7O God, when You went out before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah
8The 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.
9You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
When it was weary.
10Your congregation dwelt in it;
You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
11The Lord gave the word;
Great was the 68:11 hostcompany of those who proclaimed it:
12“Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home divides the 68:12 plunderspoil.
13Though you lie down among the 68:13 Or saddlebagssheepfolds,
You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her feathers with yellow gold.”
14When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
It was white as snow in Zalmon.
15A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
16Why do you 68:16 Lit. starefume 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.
17The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
Even thousands of thousands;
The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
18You 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.
19Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
20Our God is the God of salvation;
And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
21But God will wound the head of His enemies,
The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
22The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23That 68:23 LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. you may dip your footyour foot may crush them in blood,
And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
24They have seen Your 68:24 Lit. goingsprocession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
25The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
26Bless God in the congregations,
The Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
27There is little Benjamin, their leader,
The princes of Judah and their 68:27 throngcompany,
The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
2868:28 LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg. Command, O GodYour God has commanded your strength;
Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
29Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
Kings will bring presents to You.
30Rebuke 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.
31Envoys will come out of Egypt;
Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
Oh, sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
34Ascribe strength to God;
His excellence is over Israel,
And His strength is in the clouds.
35O 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!