Psalm 68

1 God shall arise, and his enemies shall be scattered:
    those that hate him shall flee before his face.
2 As smoke is dispersed, so shall they be dispersed:
    as wax melts before a fire, so shall the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But the righteous shall be glad and exult before God:
    they shall rejoice with gladness.
4 O sing to God, sing praises to his name:
    glorify him that rode through the deserts, him whose name is the Lord, and exult before him.
5 He is the father of the fatherless, he upholds the cause of the widow:
    God in his holy dwelling place.
6 He gives the desolate a home to dwell in, and brings the prisoners out into prosperity:
    but rebels must dwell in a barren land.
7 O God, when you went out before your people:
    when you marched through the wilderness,
8 The earth shook, the heavens poured down water:
    before the God of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
9 You showered down a generous rain, O God:
    you prepared the land of your possession when it was weary.
10 And there your people settled:
    in the place that your goodness, O God, had made ready for the poor.
11 The Lord spoke the word, and great was the company of those that carried the tidings:
    'Kings with their armies are fleeing, are fleeing away.
12 'Even the women at home may share in the spoil:
    and will you sit idly among the sheepfolds?
13 'There are images of doves whose wings are covered with silver:
    and their pinions with shining gold.'
14 When the Almighty scattered kings:
    they were like snow falling upon Mount Zalmon.
15 Can the mountain of Bashan be a mountain of God:
    the mountain of Bashan, that mountain of many peaks?
16 O mountains of many peaks, why look so enviously:
    at the mountain where God is pleased to dwell, where the Lord will remain for ever?
17 The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, and thousands upon thousands:
    the Lord came from Sinai into his holy place.
18 When you ascended the heights, you led the enemy captive, you received tribute from the peoples:
    but rebels shall not dwell in the presence of God.
19 Blessed be the Lord day by day, who bears us as his burden:
    he is the God of our deliverance.
20 God is to us a God who saves:
    by God the Lord do we escape death. [21 But God shall smite the heads of his enemies:
    the hairy scalp of those that walk in their sins.
22 The Lord said 'I will bring them back from Bashan:
    I will bring them again from the deep sea';
23 That you may dip your feet in blood:
    and the tongues of your dogs in the blood of your enemies.]
24 Your procession is seen, O God:
    the procession of my God and King in the sanctuary.
25 The singers go before, the musicians come after:
    and around them the maidens beating on the timbrels.
26 In their choirs they bless God:
    those that are sprung from the fount of Israel bless the Lord.
27 There is the little tribe of Benjamin leading them:
    the throng of the princes of Judah, the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
28 Give the command, my God, in accordance with your power:
    that godlike power whereby you act for us.
29 Give the command from your temple at Jerusalem:
    and kings shall bring you tribute.
30 Rebuke the beast of the reeds, the herd of bulls amidst the brutish peoples:
    tread down those that are greedy for silver, scatter the peoples that relish war.
31 Let them bring bronze from Egypt:
    let the hands of the Nubians carry it swiftly to God.
32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth:
    O sing praises to the Lord,
33 To him that rides upon the highest heavens, that were from the beginning:
    who utters his voice, which is a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel:
    and his might is in the clouds.
35 Terrible is God who comes from his holy place:
    the God of Israel who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.