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Psalm 68

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.

1Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered;
Let those who hate Him flee before Him.

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked and guilty perish before [the presence of] God.

But let the righteous be glad; let them be in good spirits before God,
Yes, let them rejoice with delight.

Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Lift up a song for Him who rides through the desert—
His name is the Lord—be in good spirits before Him.


A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.

God makes a home for the lonely;
He leads the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the stubborn and rebellious dwell in a parched land.


O God, when You went out before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.

The earth trembled;
The heavens also poured down rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

You, O God, sent abroad plentiful rain;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched and weary.
10 
Your flock found a dwelling place in it;
O God, in Your goodness You provided for the poor.

11 
The Lord gives the command [to take Canaan];
The women who proclaim the good news are a great host (army);
12 
“The kings of the [enemies’] armies flee, they flee,
And the beautiful woman who remains at home divides the spoil [left behind].”
13 
When you lie down [to rest] among the [a]sheepfolds,
You [Israel] are like the wings of a dove [of victory] overlaid with silver,
Its feathers glistening with gold [trophies taken from the enemy].
14 
When the Almighty scattered [the Canaanite] kings in the land of Canaan,
It was snowing on [b]Zalmon.

15 
A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A [high] mountain of many summits is Mount Bashan [rising east of the Jordan].
16 
Why do you look with envy, mountains with many peaks,
At the mountain [of the city of Zion] which God has desired for His dwelling place?
Yes, the Lord will dwell there forever.
17 
The chariots of God are [c]myriads, thousands upon thousands;
The Lord is among them as He was at Sinai, in holiness.
18 
You have ascended on high, You have led away captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men,
Even from the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell there.

19 
Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burden day by day,
The God who is our salvation! Selah.
20 
God is to us a God of acts of salvation;
And to [d]God the Lord belong escapes from death [setting us free].
21 
Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies,
The hairy scalp of one who goes on in his guilty ways.
22 
The Lord said, “I will bring your enemies back from Bashan;
I will bring them back from the depths of the [Red] Sea,
23 
That your foot may crush them in blood,
That the tongue of your dogs may have its share from your enemies.”

24 
They have seen Your [solemn] [e]procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary [in holiness].
25 
The singers go in front, the players of instruments last;
Between them the maidens playing on tambourines.
26 
Bless God in the congregations, [give thanks, gratefully praise Him],
The Lord, you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel.
27 
The youngest is there, Benjamin, ruling them,
The princes of Judah and their company [the southern tribes],
The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali [the northern tribes].

28 
Your God has commanded your strength [your power in His service and your resistance to temptation];
Show Yourself strong, O God, who acted on our behalf.
29 
Because of Your temple at Jerusalem
[Pagan] kings will bring gifts to You [out of respect].
30 
Rebuke the beasts [living] among the reeds [in Egypt],
The herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples;
Trampling underfoot the pieces of silver;
He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.
31 
Princes and envoys shall come from Egypt;
Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands [with the offerings of submission] to God.

32 
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,
Sing praises to the Lord! Selah.
33 
To Him who rides in the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
Behold, He sends out His voice, a mighty and majestic voice.
34 
Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel
And His strength is in the skies.
35 
O God, You are awesome and profoundly majestic from Your sanctuary;
The God of Israel gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God!

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 68:13 Or cooking stones or saddlebags.
  2. Psalm 68:14 I.e. a dark, wooded hill near Shechem.
  3. Psalm 68:17 Lit multiples of ten thousand.
  4. Psalm 68:20 Heb YHWH (Yahweh), usually rendered Lord.
  5. Psalm 68:24 A reference to the procession bringing the ark of the covenant to Mt. Zion.

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Salme 68

Israels mægtige Gud

1Til korlederen: En lovsang af David.

Når Gud rejser sig,[a] flygter hans fjender,
    alle hans modstandere løber deres vej.
Han driver dem væk,
    som røg drives væk af vinden.
De onde går til grunde
    som voks, der smelter i varmen.

Men de gudfrygtige bliver glade,
    de råber af fryd i Guds nærhed.

Syng lovsange til Gud.
    Ophøj ham, som rider på skyerne.
Hans navn er Jahve,
    fryd jer i hans nærhed.
Gud er som en far for de faderløse,
    han taler de hjælpeløses sag.
        Han regerer fra sin hellige trone.
Han giver de hjemløse et hjem,
    sætter de undertrykte i frihed og gør dem glade.
        Men de genstridige forvises til den golde ørken.

Gud, dengang du gik foran dit folk,
    og de marcherede gennem den udstrakte ørken,
da skælvede jorden af frygt,
    og skyerne kunne ikke holde på regnen.
De rystede for Israels Gud,
    da han viste sin magt i Sinai.
10 Du sendte regn i rigelig mængde,
    du hjalp dit folk, da de var i nød.
11 Du gav dem et sted at bosætte sig,
    du sørgede for de svage i din godhed, Gud.

12 Da hærføreren proklamerede sejren,
    bragte masser af kvinder nyheden videre:
13 „Alle fjendens anførere er flygtet!”
    Så fik kvinderne lov til at fordele byttet.
14 Selv om de var hjemme ved fårefoldene,
    blev de nu smykket med sølv og guld,
        som duen er smykket med glinsende fjer.
15 Da den Almægtige slog kongerne i landet på flugt,
    endte de i en snestorm på Zalmons bjerg.

16 Du strækker dig til himlen, Bashans bjerg,
    du har mange mægtige tinder.
17 Hvorfor er du misundelig på det bjerg,
    som Gud har valgt til sin bolig?
        Dér vil Herren bo for evigt.
18 Da Herren kom fra Sinai til sit hellige sted,
    var han omgivet af tusindvis af stridsvogne.
19 Han steg op til det høje,
    førte frigivne fanger med sig.
Han tog gaver med til folk,
    selv de oprørske gav han et sted at bo.[b]

20 Syng lovsange til Herren hver eneste dag,
    for han bærer vore byrder og redder os.
21 Vor Gud er en frelsende Gud,
    som endog kan redde os fra døden.
22 Men han knuser sine fjenders hoved,
    dem, der vælger at gøre oprør mod ham.
23 Herren siger: „Jeg henter dem ned fra Bashans bjerg,
    jeg trækker dem op fra dybet,
24 så I kan vade rundt i fjendeblod,
    og hundene gnave på deres knogler.”

25 Et festtog går frem i helligt skrud,
    de hylder vor konge og vor Gud.
26 Sangerne går forrest, musikerne bagerst,
    piger med tamburiner danser i midten.
27 Lovsyng Gud i den store forsamling,
    lad alle være med til at prise Herren.
28 Benjamins lille stamme går forrest,
    fulgt af lederne fra Judas stamme,
        og dem fra Zebulon og Naftali.

29 Vis din magt, Gud, din mægtige styrke,
    for vi ved, at du kæmper for dit folk.
30 Når du rejser dig fra dit tempel i Jerusalem,
    må jordens konger bøje sig i hyldest.
31 Dit krigsråb gør egypterne bange,
    selv om de er stærkere end andre nationer.
De bøjer sig dybt og giver dig gaver
    både af guld og sølv,
mens de, der tager kampen op,
    bliver slået og spredt.
32 Egypterne kommer med kostbare gaver,
    kushitterne bøjer sig i ærefrygt for dig, Gud.

33 Lovpris Gud, alle riger på jorden,
    syng lovsange til Herren.
34 Fra ældgammel tid har han redet på skyerne,
    hør blot hans tordnende røst.
35 Giv al ære til Gud, som regerer over Israel
    og har magten i himmelrummet.

36 Ære være Gud i hans helligdom.
    Israels Gud giver styrke til sit folk.
        Al ære og pris til ham.

Notas al pie

  1. 68,2 Eller „Måtte Gud rejse sig”. Denne salme er vanskelig at forstå og fortolke, så mange steder er oversættelsen usikker.
  2. 68,19 Teksten er uklar, men ligger til grund for Ef. 4,8.