1 To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm. A Song.
2 68:1Let God be seen, and let his haters be put to flight; let those who are against him be turned back before him.
3 68:2Let them be like smoke before the driving wind; as wax turning soft before the fire, so let them come to an end before the power of God.
4 68:3But let the upright be glad; let them have delight before God; let them be full of joy.
5 68:4Make songs to God, make songs of praise to his name; make a way for him who comes through the waste lands; his name is Jah; be glad before him.
6 68:5A father to those who have no father, a judge of the widows, is God in his holy place.
7 68:6Those who are without friends, God puts in families; he makes free those who are in chains; but those who are turned away from him are given a dry land.
8 68:7O God, when you went out before your people, wandering through the waste land; (Selah.)
10 68:9You, O God, did freely send the rain, giving strength to the weariness of your heritage.
11 68:10Those whose resting-place was there, even the poor, were comforted by your good things, O God.
12 68:11The Lord gives the word; great is the number of the women who make it public.
13 68:12Kings of armies quickly go in flight: and the women in the houses make a division of their goods.
14 68:13Will you take your rest among the flocks? like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and its feathers with yellow gold.
15 68:14When the Most High put the kings to flight, it was as white as snow in Salmon.
16 68:15A hill of God is the hill of Bashan; a hill with high tops is the hill of Bashan.
17 68:16Why are you looking with envy, you high hills, on the hill desired by God as his resting-place? truly, God will make it his house for ever.
18 68:17The war-carriage of God is among Israel's thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai to the holy place.
19 68:18You have gone up on high, taking your prisoners with you; you have taken offerings from men; the Lord God has taken his place on the seat of his power.
20 68:19Praise be to the Lord, who is our support day by day, even the God of our salvation. (Selah.)
21 68:20Our God is for us a God of salvation; his are the ways out of death.
22 68:21The heads of the haters of God will be crushed; even the head of him who still goes on in his evil ways.
23 68:22The Lord said, I will make them come back from Bashan, and from the deep parts of the sea;
24 68:23So that your foot may be red with blood, and the tongues of your dogs with the same.
25 68:24We see your going, O God: even the going of my God, my King, into the holy place.
26 68:25The makers of songs go before, the players of music come after, among the young girls playing on brass instruments.
27 68:26Give praise to God in the great meeting; even the Lord, you who come from the fountain of Israel.
28 68:27There is little Benjamin ruling them, the chiefs of Judah and their army, the rulers of Zebulun and the rulers of Naphtali.
29 68:28O God, send out your strength; the strength, O God, with which you have done great things for us,
30 68:29Out of your Temple in Jerusalem.
31 68:30Say sharp words to the beast among the water-plants, the band of strong ones, with the lords of the peoples, put an end to the people whose delight is in war.
32 68:31Kings will give you offerings, they will come out of Egypt; from Pathros will come offerings of silver; Ethiopia will be stretching out her hands to God.
33 68:32Make songs to God, you kingdoms of the earth; O make songs of praise to the Lord; (Selah.)
34 68:33To him who goes or the clouds of heaven, the heaven which was from earliest times; he sends out his voice of power.
35 68:34Make clear that strength is God's: he is lifted up over Israel, and his power is in the clouds.
36 68:35O God, you are to be feared in your holy place: the God of Israel gives strength and power to his people. Praise be to God.