Psalm 68

Let God arise, let God's enemies be scattered;

    Let those who hate God flee before him.

As smoke is driven away, let them be driven away;

    as wax melts before fire,

    let the wicked perish before God.

But let the righteous be glad and exult;

    let them rejoice joyfully before God.

Sing to God, chant God's name;

    lift up a song to the one who rides on the clouds--

his name is Yahweh--

    be exultant in his presence.

Father of orphans and protector of widows

    that's God in his holy habitation.

God provides a home for the solitary to live in;

    God leads out prisoners into prosperity,

    while rebellious people live in a scorched land.

God, when you went out before your people,

    when you strode through the wilderness,         Selah

the earth quaked, aye the heavens let loose rain

    at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,

    at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

You gave a bounteous rain, God;

    You established your heritage when it was weary;

your flock found in it a place to dwell;

    in your goodness, God, you took care of the needy.

Here ends the first segment of the psalm for the 7th Sunday of Easter, Series A

The Lord gives the command;

    great is the multitude of those who shared the good news:

"The kings of the armies flee, yes, they flee,

    while the women at home divide the spoil."

Even though you lived among the sheepfolds,

    the wings of a dove are covered with silver,

    its pinions are covered with shimmering gold.

When Shaddai scattered kings there,

    it was like snow that fell on Zalmon.

O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;

    O mountain of many peaks, mountain of Bashan!

Why do you watch with envious hostility, o mountain of many peaks,

    at the mountain God coveted for his dwelling place,

    where Yahweh will live forever?

The chariots of God are tens of thousands, thousands upon thousands,

    the Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary.

You climbed up very high,

    bringing captives with you

and you received gifts from people,

    even from those who rebel against Yahweh God living there.

Blessed is the Lord day after day,

    our saving God who carries our burdens.

Our God is a God who saves us,

    and from Yahweh the Lord comes escape from death.

But God will smash the heads of his enemies,

    the hairy pate of those who walk in guilty paths.

The Lord says,

    "I will bring them back from Bashan,

    I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,

    so that you may wash your feet in blood,

    so that the tongue of your dogs will get their share of the enemies."

Your processions, O God, are seen,

    the processions of my God, my king, in the sanctuary--

        the singers in front,

        the instrumentalists last,

        in their midst young girls playing tambourines.

Blessed be God in the assemblies,

    Yahweh, you are the source of Israel's life.

There is Benjamin, the smallest of them, leading on,

    the princes of Judah all crowded together,

    the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

O God, summon your power one more time,

    manifest your strength, God, as you have done for us before.

Because of your temple in Jerusalem,

    kings bring gifts to you.

Rebuke the wild animals that live among the reeds,

    the company of bulls with the calves of the peoples.

Trample under foot those who lust after silver;

    scatter the peoples who delight in war.

Envoys will come from Egypt;

    let Ethiopia stretch out its hands to God.

Here begins the second segment of the psalm for the 7th Sunday of Easter, Series A

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;

    sing praises to the Lord.        Selah

O rider in the skies, the ancient skies;

    listen, he utters his voice, his strong voice.

Give strength to God, whose majesty is over Israel;

    and whose strength is in the clouds.

Awe-inspiring is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel;

    he gives strength and power to his people.

Blessed be God!




Note:  Many lines in this Psalm are obscure.  William F. Albright once analyzed this Psalm as a series of incipits!