Psalm 68

God Shall Scatter His Enemies

1 Let a God arise,
Let His enemies be scattered;
Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
2 b As smoke is driven away,
So drive them away;
c As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But d let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.

4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
e Extol 1 Him who rides on the 2 clouds,
f By His name 3 YAH,
And rejoice before Him.
5 g A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
6 h God sets the solitary in families;
i He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But j the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

7 O God, k when You went out before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness, Selah
8 The earth shook;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 l You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
When it was weary.
10 Your congregation dwelt in it;
m You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.

11 The Lord gave the word;
Great was the 4 company of those who proclaimed it:
12 "Kings n of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home divides the 5 spoil.
13 o Though you lie down among the 6 sheepfolds,
p You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her feathers with yellow gold."
14 q When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
It was white as snow in Zalmon.

15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
16 Why do you 7 fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks?
r This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in;
Yes, the LORD will dwell in it forever.
17 s The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
Even thousands of thousands;
The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
18 t You have ascended on high,
u You have led captivity captive;
v You have received gifts among men,
Even from w the rebellious,
x That the LORD God might dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
20 Our God is the God of salvation;
And y to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.
21 But z God will wound the head of His enemies,
a The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
22 The Lord said, "I will bring b back from Bashan,
I will bring them back c from the depths of the sea,
23 d That 8 your foot may crush them in blood,
e And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies."

24 They have seen Your 9 procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
25 f The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
26 Bless God in the congregations,
The Lord, from g the fountain of Israel.
27 h There is little Benjamin, their leader,
The princes of Judah and their 10 company,
The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.

28 11 Your God has i commanded your strength;
Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
j Kings will bring presents to You.
30 Rebuke the beasts of the reeds,
k The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Till everyone l submits himself with pieces of silver.
Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
31 m Envoys will come out of Egypt;
n Ethiopia will quickly o stretch out her hands to God.

32 Sing to God, you p kingdoms of the earth;
Oh, sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33 To Him q who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
Indeed, He sends out His voice, a r mighty voice.
34 s Ascribe strength to God;
His excellence is over Israel,
And His strength is in the clouds.
35 O God, t You are more awesome than Your holy places.
The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
Blessed be God!

  1. Cross References
    Numbers 10:35
    So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: "Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:18
    For wickedness burns as the fire; It shall devour the briers and thorns, And kindle in the thickets of the forest; They shall mount up like rising smoke.
    Hosea 13:3
    Therefore they shall be like the morning cloud And like the early dew that passes away, Like chaff blown off from a threshing floor And like smoke from a chimney.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 97:5
    The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
    Micah 1:4
    The mountains will melt under Him, And the valleys will split Like wax before the fire, Like waters poured down a steep place.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 32:11
    Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 33:26
    There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 6:3
    I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 10:14
    But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, To repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.
    Psalms 10:18
    To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
    Psalms 146:9
    The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 107:4 - 7
    They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in.
  9. Cross References
    Acts 12:6 - 11
    And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 107:34
    A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
  11. Cross References
    Exodus 13:21
    And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
    Habakkuk 3:13
    You went forth for the salvation of Your people, For salvation with Your Anointed. You struck the head from the house of the wicked, By laying bare from foundation to neck. Selah
  12. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:4
    Then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
    Deuteronomy 11:11
    But the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven.
    Job 5:10
    He gives rain on the earth, And sends waters on the fields.
    Ezekiel 34:26
    I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.
  13. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 26:5
    And you shall answer and say before the LORD your God: 'My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous.
    Psalms 74:19
    Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast! Do not forget the life of Your poor forever.
  14. Cross References
    Numbers 31:8
    They killed the kings of Midian with the rest of those who were killed - Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian. Balaam the son of Beor they also killed with the sword.
    Joshua 10:16
    But these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
    Judges 5:19
    The kings came and fought, Then the kings of Canaan fought In Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo; They took no spoils of silver.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 81:6
    I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 105:37
    He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.
  17. Cross References
    Joshua 10:10
    So the LORD routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah.
  18. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 12:5
    But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.
    1 Kings 9:3
    And the LORD said to him: "I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
  19. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 33:2
    And he said: "The LORD came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came with ten thousands of saints; From His right hand Came a fiery law for them.
    Daniel 7:10
    A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.
  20. Cross References
    Mark 16:19
    So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He ...
    Acts 1:9
    Now when He had spoken these things, while they...
    Ephesians 4:8
    Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, H...
    Philippians 2:9
    Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and g...
    Colossians 3:1
    If then you were raised with Christ, seek those...
    Hebrews 1:3
    Who being the brightness of His glory and the e...
  21. Cross References
    Judges 5:12
    Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, sing a song! Arise, Barak, and lead your captives away, O son of Abinoam!
  22. Cross References
    Acts 2:4
    And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
    Acts 2:33
    Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
    Acts 10:44 - 46
    While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
    1 Corinthians 12:4 - 11
    There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
    Ephesians 4:7 - 12
    But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
  23. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:13
    Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 78:60
    So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had placed among men.
  25. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:39
    Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.
  26. Cross References
    Habakkuk 3:13
    You went forth for the salvation of Your people, For salvation with Your Anointed. You struck the head from the house of the wicked, By laying bare from foundation to neck. Selah
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 55:23
    But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.
  28. Cross References
    Numbers 21:33
    And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
    Deuteronomy 30:1 - 9
    Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God drives you.
    Amos 9:1 - 3
    I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said: "Strike the doorposts, that the thresholds may shake, And break them on the heads of them all. I will slay the last of them with the sword. He who flees from them shall not get away, And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.
  29. Cross References
    Exodus 14:22
    So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
  30. Cross References
    Psalms 58:10
    The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
  31. Cross References
    1 Kings 21:19
    "You shall speak to him, saying, 'Thus says the LORD: "Have you murdered and also taken possession?" ' And you shall speak to him, saying, 'Thus says the LORD: "In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick your blood, even yours." '"
    Jeremiah 15:3
    And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction, " says the LORD: "the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.
  32. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 13:8
    Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.
  33. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 33:28
    Then Israel shall dwell in safety, The fountain of Jacob alone, In a land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew.
    Isaiah 48:1
    Hear this, O house of Jacob, Who are called by the name of Israel, And have come forth from the wellsprings of Judah; Who swear by the name of the LORD, And make mention of the God of Israel, But not in truth or in righteousness.
  34. Cross References
    Judges 5:14
    From Ephraim were those whose roots were in Amalek. After you, Benjamin, with your peoples, From Machir rulers came down, And from Zebulun those who bear the recruiter's staff.
    1 Samuel 9:21
    And Saul answered and said, " Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak like this to me?
  35. Cross References
    Psalms 42:8
    The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me - A prayer to the God of my life.
    Isaiah 26:12
    LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.
  36. Cross References
    1 Kings 10:10
    Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty t...
    1 Kings 10:25
    Each man brought his present: articles of silve...
    2 Chronicles 32:23
    And many brought gifts to the LORD at Jerusalem...
    Psalms 45:12
    And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;...
    Psalms 72:10
    The kings of Tarshish and of the isles Will bri...
    Isaiah 18:7
    In that time a present will be brought to the L...
  37. Cross References
    Psalms 22:12
    Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
  38. Cross References
    2 Samuel 8:2
    Then he defeated Moab. Forcing them down to the ground, he measured them off with a line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David's servants, and brought tribute.
  39. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:19 - 23
    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.
  40. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:14
    Thus says the LORD: "The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush And of the Sabeans, men of stature, Shall come over to you, and they shall be yours; They shall walk behind you, They shall come over in chains; And they shall bow down to you. They will make supplication to you, saying, 'Surely God is in you, And there is no other; There is no other God.'
    Zephaniah 3:10
    From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, The daughter of My dispersed ones, Shall bring My offering.
  41. Cross References
    Psalms 44:20
    If we had forgotten the name of our God, Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god.
  42. Cross References
    Psalms 67:3
    Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
    Psalms 67:4
    Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah
  43. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 33:26
    There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds.
    Psalms 18:10
    And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.
  44. Cross References
    Psalms 46:6
    The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
    Isaiah 30:30
    The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, And show the descent of His arm, With the indignation of His anger And the flame of a devouring fire, With scattering, tempest, and hailstones.
  45. Cross References
    Psalms 29:1
    Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength.
  46. Cross References
    Psalms 76:12
    He shall cut off the spirit of princes; He is awesome to the kings of the earth.
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