New American Standard Bible

Psalm 68

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

1[a]Let God arise, [b]let His enemies be scattered,
And [c]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 perish before God.
But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God;
Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
[d]Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts,
Whose name is [e]the Lord, and exult before Him.

A father of the fatherless and a judge [f]for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God [g]makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

O God, when You went forth before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, [h]Selah.
The earth quaked;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
[i]Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was [j]parched.
10 Your creatures settled in it;
You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.

11 The Lord gives the [k]command;
The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:
12 “Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!”
13 [l]When you lie down among the [m]sheepfolds,
You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And its pinions with glistening gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered the kings [n]there,
It was snowing in Zalmon.

15 A [o]mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
16 Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks,
At the mountain which God has desired for His abode?
Surely the Lord will dwell there forever.
17 The chariots of God are [p]myriads, thousands upon thousands;
[q]The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.
18 You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men,
Even among the rebellious also, that [r]the Lord God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation. Selah.
20 God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to [s]God the Lord belong escapes [t]from death.
21 Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies,
The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.
22 The Lord [u]said, “I will bring them back from Bashan.
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;
23 That [v]your foot may shatter them in blood,
The tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”

24 They have seen Your [w]procession, O God,
The [x]procession of my God, my King, [y]into the sanctuary.
25 The singers went on, the musicians after them,
[z]In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines.
26 Bless God in the congregations,
Even the Lord, you who are of the fountain of Israel.
27 There is Benjamin, the [aa]youngest, [ab]ruling them,
The princes of Judah in their throng,
The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

28 [ac]Your God has commanded your strength;
Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted [ad]on our behalf.
29 [ae]Because of Your temple at Jerusalem
Kings will bring gifts to You.
30 Rebuke the beasts [af]in the reeds,
The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Trampling under foot the pieces of silver;
He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.
31 Envoys will come out of Egypt;
[ag]Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,
Sing praises to the Lord, Selah.
33 To Him who rides upon the [ah]highest heavens, which are from ancient times;
Behold, He [ai]speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel
And His strength is in the [aj]skies.
35 [ak]O God, You are awesome from Your [al]sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.
Blessed be God!

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 68:1 Or God shall
  2. Psalm 68:1 Or His enemies shall
  3. Psalm 68:1 Or those who hate Him shall
  4. Psalm 68:4 Or Cast up a highway
  5. Psalm 68:4 Heb Yah
  6. Psalm 68:5 Lit of
  7. Psalm 68:6 Lit makes the solitary to dwell in a house
  8. Psalm 68:7 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  9. Psalm 68:8 Lit This is Sinai which
  10. Psalm 68:9 Lit weary
  11. Psalm 68:11 Lit word
  12. Psalm 68:13 Lit If
  13. Psalm 68:13 Or cooking stones or saddle bags
  14. Psalm 68:14 Lit in it
  15. Psalm 68:15 Or mighty mountain is
  16. Psalm 68:17 Lit twice ten thousand
  17. Psalm 68:17 Another reading is The Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary
  18. Psalm 68:18 Heb Yah
  19. Psalm 68:20 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  20. Psalm 68:20 I.e. in view of; lit for
  21. Psalm 68:22 Or says
  22. Psalm 68:23 Some versions render, you may bathe your foot in blood
  23. Psalm 68:24 Lit goings
  24. Psalm 68:24 Lit goings
  25. Psalm 68:24 Lit in the sanctuary; or in holiness
  26. Psalm 68:25 Or The maidens in the midst
  27. Psalm 68:27 Or smallest
  28. Psalm 68:27 Or their ruler
  29. Psalm 68:28 Some mss read Command, God
  30. Psalm 68:28 Lit for us
  31. Psalm 68:29 Or From Your temple
  32. Psalm 68:30 Lit of
  33. Psalm 68:31 Lit Cush
  34. Psalm 68:33 Lit heaven of heavens of old
  35. Psalm 68:33 Lit gives forth
  36. Psalm 68:34 Lit clouds
  37. Psalm 68:35 Or Awesome is God from your sanctuary
  38. Psalm 68:35 Lit holy places

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 68

Psalm 68

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song.

May God rise up and scatter his enemies.
    May they turn and run away from him.
    May you, God, blow them away like smoke.
As fire melts wax,
    so may God destroy sinful people.
But may those who do what is right be glad
    and filled with joy when they are with him.
    May they be happy and joyful.

Sing to God, sing praise to his name.
    Lift up a song to the God who rides on the clouds.
    Be glad when you are with him.
    His name is the Lord.
God is in his holy temple.
    He is a father to children whose fathers have died.
    He takes care of women whose husbands have died.
God gives lonely people a family.
    He sets prisoners free, and they go out singing.
But those who refuse to obey him
    live in a land that is baked by the sun.

God, you led your people out.
    You marched through the desert.
The ground shook
    when you, the God of Sinai, appeared.
The heavens poured down rain
    when you, the God of Israel, appeared.
God, you gave us plenty of rain.
    You renewed your worn-out land.
10 God, your people made their homes in it.
    From all your riches, you provided for those who were poor.

11 The Lord gives the message.
    The women who make it known are a huge group.
12 They said, “Kings and armies are running away.
    The women at home are dividing up
    the things the army took from their enemies.
13 Even while the soldiers sleep near the sheep pens,
    God wins the battle for them.
He gives the enemy’s silver and gold
    to Israel, his dove.”
14 The Mighty One has scattered the kings around the land.
    It was like snow falling on Mount Zalmon.

15 Mount Bashan is a majestic mountain.
    Mount Bashan is a very rocky mountain.
16 Why are you jealous of Mount Zion, you rocky mountain?
    That’s where God chooses to rule.
    That’s where the Lord himself will live forever.
17 God has come with tens of thousands of his chariots.
    He has come with thousands and thousands of them.
The Lord has come from Mount Sinai.
    He has entered his holy place.
18 When he went up to his place on high,
    he took many prisoners.
He received gifts from people,
    even from those who refused to obey him.
    The Lord God went up to live on Mount Zion.

19 Give praise to the Lord. Give praise to God our Savior.
    He carries our heavy loads day after day.
20 Our God is a God who saves.
    He is the King and the Lord. He saves us from death.

21 God will certainly smash the heads of his enemies.
    He will break the hairy heads of those who keep on sinning.
22 The Lord says, “I will bring your enemies from Bashan.
    I will bring them up from the bottom of the sea.
23 Then your feet can wade in their blood.
    The tongues of your dogs can lick up all the blood they want.”

24 God, those who worship you come marching into view.
    My God and King, those who follow you have entered the sacred tent.
25 The singers are walking in front.
    Next come the musicians.
    Young women playing tambourines are with them.
26 The leaders sing, “Praise God among all those who worship him.
    Praise the Lord in the community of Israel.”
27 The little tribe of Benjamin leads the worshipers.
    Next comes the great crowd of Judah’s princes.
    Then come the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.

28 God, show us your power.
    Show us your strength.
    God, do as you have done before.
29 Do it from your temple at Jerusalem,
    where kings will bring you gifts.
30 Give a strong warning to Egypt, that beast among the tall grass.
    It is like a herd of bulls among the calves.
May that beast bow down before you with gifts of silver.
    Scatter the nations who like to make war.
31 Messengers will come from Egypt.
    The people of Cush will be quick to bring gifts to you.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth.
    Sing praise to the Lord.
33 He rides across the highest places in heaven.
He rides across the ancient skies above.
    He thunders with his mighty voice.
34 Tell how powerful God is.
    He rules as king over Israel.
    The skies show how powerful he is.
35 How wonderful is God in his holy place!
    The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Give praise to God!