Bishops' Bible

Psalms 68

A prayer at the removing of the Ark.

Psalms 68:1 {To the chiefe musition, a psalme of Dauid, which is a song.} In case the Lorde woulde aryse, his enemies woulde be scattered: and they that hate hym woulde flee from his face. Psalms 68:2 Lyke as the smoke vanisheth, [so] wylt thou cause [them] to vanishe away: and lyke as water melteth at the fire, [so] wyll the vngodly perishe at the presence of the Lorde. Psalms 68:3 But the ryghteous must be glad, and reioyce before the Lorde: they shall not stande styll for myrth.

An exhortation to praise God for his mercies,

Psalms 68:4 Syng vnto the Lorde, syng psalmes vnto his name: magnifie hym that rideth vpon the heauens as it were vpon an horse in his name euerlastyng, and reioyce before his face. Psalms 68:5 He is a father of the fatherlesse, and the iudge of widdowes: [he is] the Lord in his holy habitation. Psalms 68:6 He is the Lord that maketh those that dwell alone to haue a familie: and bryngeth prisoners out of the stockes.

for his care of the Church,

Psalms 68:7 But rebelles did inhabite a dry [ground] O Lorde, when thou wentest foorth before the people: when thou wentest through the wyldernesse. Selah. Psalms 68:8 The earth shoke, and the heauens dropped at the presence of the Lorde: euen Sinai it selfe [shoke] at the presence of the Lorde, Lorde of Israel. Psalms 68:9 Thou O Lorde dydst cause rayne to fall at thy gratious pleasure: and when thine inheritaunce was weery, thou dydst hearten it. Psalms 68:10 Thy flocke dwelleth there: for thou O Lorde doest of thy goodnesse prepare for the poore. Psalms 68:11 The Lorde gaue the worde: great was the company of the preachers. Psalms 68:12 Kynges with their armies dyd flee: they dyd flee, and the ornament of an house deuided the spoyle. Psalms 68:13 Though ye haue lyen among the pottes: yet shall ye be as the wynges of a doue that is couered with siluer, and hath her fethers as yelowe as golde. Psalms 68:14 When the almightie scattered kynges in it: it was as whyte as snowe in Salmon. Psalms 68:15 As the hyll of Basan, so is Gods hill: euen an hygh hyll, as the hyll of Basan. Psalms 68:16 Why skyp you so the high hylles? this is the Lordes hyll in the which it pleaseth hym to dwell, yea God wyll abyde in it for euer. Psalms 68:17 The charettes of the Lorde are twentie thousande, euen thousandes of angels: and the Lorde is among them in holy Sinai. Psalms 68:18 Thou wenst vp on high, thou hast led captiuitie captiue, thou hast receaued gyftes for men: yea euen [for] those that be disobedient, that God the Lorde myght dwell [among them,]

for his great works.

Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lorde who day by day powreth his [benefites] vpon vs: and is God of our saluation. Selah. Psalms 68:20 The Lorde is our Lorde for to saue vs: and all maner of wayes for death pertayneth to God the Lorde. Psalms 68:21 God wyll wounde the head of his enemies: and the heary scalpe of hym who goeth on styll in his wickednesse. Psalms 68:22 The Lorde hath sayde, I wyll bryng [my people] agayne out from Basan: I wyll bryng [them] agayne out from the deepe of the sea. Psalms 68:23 That thy footes [and] the tongue of thy dogges: may be made redde in the blood of the enemies by his meanes. Psalms 68:24 They do well see O Lorde thy goynges: thy goynges in the sanctuarie my Lorde and kyng. Psalms 68:25 The singers go before, the minstrelles folowe after: in the myddest are the damselles playing with the timbrelles. Psalms 68:26 In the congregations they do blesse the Lorde: the God of the fountayne of Israel. Psalms 68:27 There is litle Beniamin their ruler, & the princes of Iehuda their counsell: the princes of Zabulon [and] the princes of Nepthali. Psalms 68:28 Thy Lord hath ordeyned thy strength: establishe the thing O Lorde that thou hast wrought in vs. Psalms 68:29 For thy temple sake at Hierusalem: kynges wyll bryng presentes vnto thee. Psalms 68:30 Put to rebuke the companie of speare men, a multitude of bulles amongest the people lyke vnto calues: [vntyll] that they brought vnder foote [come] with peeces of siluer [for tribute,] scatter the people that delyght in warre. Psalms 68:31 Then shal princes come out of Egypt: Ethiopia in all haste shall stretch out her handes vnto the Lorde. Psalms 68:32 Sing vnto the Lord O ye kingdomes of the earth: O syng psalmes vnto the Lorde. Selah. Psalms 68:33 Who rydeth vpon the most hyghest eternall heauens: lo he sendeth out a mightie voyce in his voyce. Psalms 68:34 Acknowledge the Lorde to be mightie: his maiestie is ouer Israel, & might in the cloudes. Psalms 68:35 O Lorde thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel geueth myght and strength vnto his people, Blessed be the Lorde.

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