Psalm 68

God Shall Scatter His Enemies

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

e God shall arise, his enemies shall be f scattered;
and those who hate him shall flee before him!
2 As g smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
h as wax melts before fire,
so the wicked shall perish before God!
3 But i the righteous shall be glad;
they shall exult before God;
they shall be jubilant with joy!

4 Sing to God, j sing praises to his name;
k lift up a song to him who l rides through m the deserts;
his name is n the Lord;
exult before him!
5 o Father of the fatherless and p protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6 God q settles the solitary in a home;
he r leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but s the rebellious dwell in t a parched land.

7 O God, when you u went out before your people,
v when you marched through w the wilderness, Selah
8 x the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
9 y Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
you restored your inheritance as it languished;
10 your flock 1 found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you z provided for the needy.

11 The Lord gives a the word;
b the women who announce the news are a great host:
12 c "The kings of the armies - they flee, they flee!"
The women at home d divide the spoil -
13 though you men lie among e the sheepfolds -
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
its pinions with shimmering gold.
14 When the Almighty scatters kings there,
let snow fall on f Zalmon.

15 O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;
O many-peaked 2 mountain, mountain of Bashan!
16 Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,
at the mount that God g desired for his abode,
yes, where the Lord will dwell forever?
17 h The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
thousands upon thousands;
the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
18 i You ascended on high,
j leading a host of captives in your train
and k receiving gifts among men,
even among l the rebellious, m that the Lord God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord,
who daily n bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah
20 Our God is a God of salvation,
o and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
21 p But God will strike the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
22 The Lord said,
"I will bring them back q from Bashan,
r I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23 that you may s strike your feet in their blood,
that t the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe."

24 Your procession is 3 seen, O God,
the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary -
25 u the singers in front, v the musicians last,
between them w virgins playing tambourines:
26 x "Bless God in the great congregation,
the Lord, O you 4 who are of y Israel's fountain!"
27 There is z Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
the princes of Judah in their throng,
the princes of a Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

28 b Summon your power, O God, 5
the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
kings shall c bear gifts to you.
30 Rebuke d the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
the herd of e bulls with the calves of the peoples.
f Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;
scatter the peoples who delight in war. 6
31 Nobles shall come from g Egypt;
h Cush shall hasten to i stretch out her hands to God.

32 j O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33 to him k who rides in l the heavens, the ancient heavens;
behold, he m sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34 n Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
and whose o power is in p the skies.
35 q Awesome is God from his 7 r sanctuary;
the God of Israel - he is the one who gives s power and strength to his people.
Blessed be God!

  1. Cross References
    Numbers 10:35
    And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, "Arise, O Lord, and let your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate you flee before you.
    Isaiah 33:3
    At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 89:10
    You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
    Psalms 92:9
    For behold, your enemies, O Lord, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 37:20
    But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish - like smoke they vanish away.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 22:14
    I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast.
    Psalms 97:5
    The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.
    Micah 1:4
    And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 32:11
    Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 66:4
    All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name." Selah
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 62:10
    Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; clear it of stones; lift up a signal over the peoples.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 68:33
    To him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
    Psalms 18:10
    He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:3
    A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord ; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 89:8
    O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you?
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 10:14
    But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:18
    He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 113:9
    He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!
    1 Samuel 2:5
    Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 69:33
    For the Lord hears the needy and does not despi...
    Psalms 107:10
    Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death...
    Psalms 107:14
    He brought them out of darkness and the shadow ...
    Psalms 146:7
    Who executes justice for the oppressed, who giv...
    Acts 12:7
    And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to ...
    Acts 16:26
    And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so t...
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 68:18
    You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 107:33
    He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground.
    Psalms 107:40
    He pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes.
  17. Cross References
    Exodus 13:21
    And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
    Judges 4:14
    And Deborah said to Barak, "Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the Lord go out before you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him.
    Habakkuk 3:13
    You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
    Zechariah 14:3
    Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle.
  18. Cross References
    Judges 5:4
    Lord, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the region of Edom, the earth trembled and the heavens dropped, yes, the clouds dropped water.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 78:40
    How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert!
  20. Cross References
    Exodus 19:18
    Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.
    Judges 5:4
    Lord, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the region of Edom, the earth trembled and the heavens dropped, yes, the clouds dropped water.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 65:9 - 10
    You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 65:9
    You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it.
    Psalms 78:20
    He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 33:9
    For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
  24. Cross References
    Exodus 15:20
    Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
    1 Samuel 18:6
    As they were coming home, when David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments.
  25. Cross References
    Psalms 110:5
    The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
    Numbers 31:8
    They killed the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian. And they also killed Balaam the son of Beor with the sword.
    Joshua 10:16
    These five kings fled and hid themselves in the cave at Makkedah.
    Judges 5:19
    The kings came, they fought; then fought the kings of Canaan, at Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo; they got no spoils of silver.
    Joshua 12:7 - 24
    And these are the kings of the land whom Joshua and the people of Israel defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, that rises toward Seir (and Joshua gave their land to the tribes of Israel as a possession according to their allotments.
  26. Cross References
    Judges 5:30
    'Have they not found and divided the spoil? - A womb or two for every man; spoil of dyed materials for Sisera, spoil of dyed materials embroidered, two pieces of dyed work embroidered for the neck as spoil?'
  27. Cross References
    Genesis 49:14
    Issachar is a strong donkey, crouching between the sheepfolds.
    Judges 5:16
    Why did you sit still among the sheepfolds, to hear the whistling for the flocks? Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.
  28. Cross References
    Judges 9:48
    And Abimelech went up to Mount Zalmon, he and all the people who were with him. And Abimelech took an axe in his hand and cut down a bundle of brushwood and took it up and laid it on his shoulder. And he said to the men who were with him, "What you have seen me do, hurry and do as I have done.
  29. Cross References
    Psalms 132:13 - 14
    For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place:
    Psalms 78:54
    And he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won.
    Psalms 87:1 - 2
    On the holy mount stands the city he founded.
    Deuteronomy 12:5
    But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go.
  30. Cross References
    2 Kings 6:17
    Then Elisha prayed and said, "O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see." So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
    Habakkuk 3:8
    Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord ? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation?
  31. Cross References
    Psalms 7:7
    Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.
    Psalms 47:5
    God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
    Ephesians 4:8
    Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.
    Acts 1:9
    And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
  32. Cross References
    Judges 5:12
    Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, break out in a song! Arise, Barak, lead away your captives, O son of Abinoam.
  33. Cross References
    Acts 2:4
    And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
    Acts 2:33
    Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
  34. Cross References
    Romans 5:8
    But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    1 Timothy 1:13
    Though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief.
  35. Cross References
    Psalms 78:60
    He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind.
    Exodus 29:45
    I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God.
    Revelation 21:3
    And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
    John 14:23
    Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
  36. Cross References
    Isaiah 46:4
    Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
  37. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:39
    'See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
    Ecclesiastes 7:18
    It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.
    Revelation 1:18
    And the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
  38. Cross References
    Psalms 110:6
    He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.
    Habakkuk 3:13
    You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
  39. Cross References
    Numbers 21:33
    Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
  40. Cross References
    Amos 9:2 - 4
    If they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.
  41. Cross References
    Psalms 58:10
    The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
  42. Cross References
    1 Kings 21:19
    And you shall say to him, 'Thus says the Lord, "Have you killed and also taken possession?"' And you shall say to him, 'Thus says the Lord : "In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood."'
    1 Kings 22:38
    And they washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood, and the prostitutes washed themselves in it, according to the word of the Lord that he had spoken.
  43. Cross References
    Psalms 47:5
    God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
    1 Chronicles 13:8
    And David and all Israel were rejoicing before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.
    1 Chronicles 15:16
    David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
  44. Cross References
    Psalms 33:3
    Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
  45. Cross References
    Exodus 15:20
    Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
    Judges 11:34
    Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah. And behold, his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and with dances. She was his only child; besides her he had neither son nor daughter.
  46. Cross References
    Psalms 22:25
    From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
    Psalms 26:12
    My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.
  47. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 33:28
    So Israel lived in safety, Jacob lived alone, in a land of grain and wine, whose heavens drop down dew.
    Isaiah 48:1
    Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came from the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of the Lord and confess the God of Israel, but not in truth or right.
    Isaiah 51:1
    Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord : look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.
  48. Cross References
    1 Samuel 9:21
    Saul answered, "Am I not a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel? And is not my clan the humblest of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then have you spoken to me in this way?
  49. Cross References
    Judges 5:18
    Zebulun is a people who risked their lives to the death; Naphtali, too, on the heights of the field.
  50. Cross References
    Psalms 42:8
    By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
  51. Cross References
    Psalms 45:12
    The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gi...
    Psalms 76:11
    Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform...
    1 Kings 10:10
    Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and...
    1 Kings 10:25
    Every one of them brought his present, articles...
    2 Chronicles 32:23
    And many brought gifts to the Lord to Jerusalem...
    Isaiah 18:7
    At that time tribute will be brought to the Lor...
  52. Cross References
    Job 40:21
    Under the lotus plants he lies, in the shelter of the reeds and in the marsh.
    Isaiah 19:6
    And its canals will become foul, and the branches of Egypt's Nile will diminish and dry up, reeds and rushes will rot away.
    Ezekiel 29:3 - 4
    Speak, and say, Thus says the Lord God : "Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his streams, that says, 'My Nile is my own; I made it for myself.
    Ezekiel 32:2
    Son of man, raise a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: "You consider yourself a lion of the nations, but you are like a dragon in the seas; you burst forth in your rivers, trouble the waters with your feet, and foul their rivers.
  53. Cross References
    Psalms 22:12
    Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
  54. Cross References
    2 Samuel 8:2
    And he defeated Moab and he measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground. Two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to be spared. And the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute.
    2 Samuel 8:6
    Then David put garrisons in Aram of Damascus, and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.
  55. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:19
    In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border.
    Isaiah 19:21
    And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them.
  56. Cross References
    Psalms 87:4
    Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush - "This one was born there," they say.
    Isaiah 45:14
    Thus says the Lord : "The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you and be yours; they shall follow you; they shall come over in chains and bow down to you. They will plead with you, saying: 'Surely God is in you, and there is no other, no god besides him.'
    Zephaniah 3:10
    From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones, shall bring my offering.
  57. Cross References
    Psalms 44:20
    If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god.
  58. Cross References
    Psalms 102:22
    When peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.
  59. Cross References
    Psalms 18:10
    He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
    Psalms 104:3
    He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind.
    Deuteronomy 33:26
    There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty.
  60. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:14
    Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.
    1 Kings 8:27
    But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!
  61. Cross References
    Psalms 29:4
    The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
    Psalms 46:6
    The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
  62. Cross References
    Psalms 29:1
    Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
  63. Cross References
    Psalms 150:1
    Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
  64. Cross References
    Psalms 36:5
    Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
    Psalms 57:10
    For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
    Psalms 108:4
    For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
  65. Cross References
    Psalms 65:5
    By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
    Psalms 47:2
    For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.
  66. Cross References
    Psalms 110:2
    The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!
  67. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:29
    He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
    Psalms 29:11
    May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!
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