A prayer at the removing of the Ark.
Psalms 68:1 To the Overseer.A Psalm, a song of David. Rise doth Godscattered are His enemies! And those hating Him flee from His face. Psalms 68:2 As the driving away of smoke Thou drivest away, As the melting of wax before fire, The wicked perish at the presence of God. Psalms 68:3 And the righteous rejoice, they exult before God, And they joy with gladness.
An exhortation to praise God for his mercies,
Psalms 68:4 Sing ye to Godpraise His name, Raise up a highway for Him who is riding in deserts, In Jah [is] His name, and exult before Him. Psalms 68:5 Father of the fatherless, and judge of the widows, [Is] God in His holy habitation. Psalms 68:6 Godcausing the lonely to dwell at home, Bringing out bound ones into prosperity, Onlythe refractory have inhabited a dry place.
for his care of the Church,
Psalms 68:7 O God, in Thy going forth before Thy people, In Thy stepping through the wilderness, Selah. Psalms 68:8 The earth hath shaken, Yea, the heavens have dropped before God, This Sinaibefore God, the God of Israel. Psalms 68:9 A shower of free-will gifts thou shakest out, O God. Thine inheritance, when it hath been weary, Thou hast established it. Psalms 68:10 Thy company have dwelt in it, Thou preparest in Thy goodness for the poor, O God. Psalms 68:11 The Lord doth give the saying, The female proclaimers [are] a numerous host. Psalms 68:12 Kings of hosts flee utterly away, And a female inhabitant of the house apportioneth spoil. Psalms 68:13 Though ye do lie between two boundaries, Wings of a dove covered with silver, And her pinions with yellow gold. Psalms 68:14 When the Mighty spreadeth kings in it, It doth snow in Salmon. Psalms 68:15 A hill of God [is] the hill of Bashan, A hill of heights [is] the hill of Bashan. Psalms 68:16 Why do ye envy, O high hills, The hill God hath desired for His seat? Jehovah also doth tabernacle for ever. Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God [are] myriads, thousands of changes, The Lord [is] among them, in Sinai, in the sanctuary. Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast taken captive captivity, Thou hast taken gifts for men, That even the refractory may rest, O Jah God.
for his great works.
Psalms 68:19 Blessed [is] the Lord, day by day He layeth on us. God Himself [is] our salvation. Selah. Psalms 68:20 God Himself [is] to us a God for deliverances, And Jehovah Lord hath the outgoings of death. Psalms 68:21 OnlyGod doth smite The head of His enemies, The hairy crown of a habitual walker in his guilt. Psalms 68:22 The Lord said: 'From Bashan I bring back, I bring back from the depths of the sea. Psalms 68:23 So that thou dashest thy foot in blood, [In the blood of] enemiesthe tongue of Thy dogs.' Psalms 68:24 They have seen Thy goings, O God, Goings of my God, my king, in the sanctuary. Psalms 68:25 Singers have been before, Behind [are] players on instruments, In the midst virgins playing with timbrels. Psalms 68:26 In assemblies bless ye God, The Lordfrom the fountain of Israel. Psalms 68:27 There [is] little Benjamin their ruler, Heads of Judah their defence, Heads of Zebulunheads of Naphtali. Psalms 68:28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength, Be strong, O God, this Thou hast wrought for us. Psalms 68:29 Because of Thy temple at Jerusalem, To Thee do kings bring a present. Psalms 68:30 Rebuke a beast of the reeds, a company of bulls, With calves of the peoples, Each humbling himself with pieces of silver, Scatter Thou peoples delighting in conflicts. Psalms 68:31 Come do fat ones out of Egypt, Cush causeth her hands to run to God. Psalms 68:32 Kingdoms of the earth, sing ye to God, Praise ye the Lord. Selah. Psalms 68:33 To him who is riding on the heavens of the heavens of old, Lo, He giveth with His voice a strong voice. Psalms 68:34 Ascribe ye strength to God, Over Israel [is] His excellency, and His strength in the clouds. Psalms 68:35 Fearful, O God, out of Thy sanctuaries, The God of Israel Himself, Giving strength and might to the people. Blessed [is] God!