Psalm 68

1God, get up and scatter your enemies. May all of his enemies run from him. 2May your enemies be scattered, like smoke blown away by the wind. May your enemies be destroyed, like wax melting in a fire. 3But good people are happy. Good people have a happy time together with God. Good people enjoy themselves and are very happy! 4Sing to God. Sing praises to his name. Prepare the way for God. He rides his chariot over the desert. His name is Yah. Praise his name! 5In his holy temple, God is like a father to orphans. God takes care of widows. 6God gives lonely people a home. God takes his people out of prison. They are very happy. But people who turn against God, will stay in their hot prison. 7God, you led your people out ˻of Egypt˼. You marched across the desert, 8and the ground shook. selah God, the God of Israel, came to Mount Sinai, and the sky melted. 9God, you sent the rain to make a tired, old land strong again. 10Your animals came back to that land. God, you gave many good things to the poor people there. 11God gave the command and many people went to tell the good news: 12“The armies of powerful kings ran away! The women at home will divide the things that the soldiers bring from the battle. 13The people who stayed at home will share in the wealth. They will get the dove wings covered with silver. They will get the wings sparkling with gold.” 14On Mount Zalmon, God scattered the enemy kings. They were like falling snow. 15Mount Bashan is a great mountain with many peaks. 16Mount Bashan, why do you look down on Mount Zion? God loves that mountain ˻(Zion)˼. The Lord chose to live there forever. 17The Lord comes to Holy Mount Zion. Behind him are millions of his chariots. 18You went up on the high mountain, leading a parade of captives; You received gifts from men, including the people who turned against you. The Lord God ˻went up there˼ to live. 19Praise the Lord! Every day he helps us with the loads we must carry. God saves us! selah 20He is our God. He is the God that saves us. The Lord our God saves us from death. 21God will show that he defeated his enemies. God will punish the people who fought against him. 22My Master said, ”I’ll bring the enemy back from Bashan, I’ll bring the enemy from the west, 23so you can walk in their blood, so your dogs can lick up their blood.” 24See God leading the victory parade! See my Holy God, my King, leading the victory parade! 25Singers come marching in front, followed by the musicians, surrounded by young girls playing tambourines. 26Praise God in the meeting place! Praise the Lord, people of Israel! 27There is little Benjamin, leading them. And there is the great family of Judah. And there are the leaders of Zebulun and Naphtali. 28God, show us your power! Show us the power you used for us in the past. 29Kings will bring their wealth to you, to your palace in Jerusalem. 30Use your stick to make those “animals” do what you want. Make the “bulls” and “cows” in those nations obey you. You defeated those nations in war. Now make them bring silver to you. 31Make them bring wealth from Egypt. God, make the Ethiopians bring their wealth to you. 32Kings on earth, sing to God! Sing songs of praise to our Master! 33Sing to God! He rides his chariot through the ancient skies. Listen to his powerful voice! 34God is more powerful than any of your gods. The God of Israel makes his people strong. 35God is wonderful in his temple. The God of Israel gives strength and power to his people. Praise God!

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