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For the Musical Director.
A Psalm of David.
A song.

1God will arise! His enemies will be scattered! Those who hate him will flee from his presence.
  2As smoke is driven away, so you will drive them away. As wax melts before a fire, so the wicked will perish in the presence of God.
  3But the righteous will rejoice. They will exalt in the presence of God. Yes, they will celebrate with joy.
  4Sing to God! Make music to his name! Exalt him who rides on the clouds, by saying “Yah is his name!” Yes, rejoice in his presence!
  5A father of orphans and a judge of widows is God in his holy habitation.
  6God causes the lonely to live in a household. He brings out the prisoners into the prosperous land, Surely the stubborn live in a sun-scorched land.
  7O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness…. Selah.
  8The earth quaked. Yea, the heavens dropped rain at the presence of God, the One at Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
  9You caused the rain to fall plentifully, O God. You established your inheritance when it was weary.
  10Your creatures dwelt in it. You prepared, O God, your goodness for the poor.
  11The Lord gives the command. The women proclaiming good news are a great army:
  12“Kings of armies flee! They flee!” She who waits at home will divide the spoil
  13while you sleep among the sheepfolds. The wings of a dove are covered with silver, her feathers are shining with gold.
  14When the Almighty scattered kings in the land, it snowed on Zalmon.
  15O mountain of God, O mountain of Bashan, O mountain with many peaks, O mountain of Bashan.
  16Why do you look in envy, O mountains with many peaks, at the mountain where God chooses to dwell? Yea, Yahweh will dwell there forever.
  17The chariots of God are ten thousands; repetitions of thousands. The Lord is among them, at Sinai in the holy place.
  18You have ascended on high. You have taken captives. You have received tribute from men, yes, even from the rebellious that Yah, God, might dwell there.
  19Blessed be the Lord. Day after day he carries our burdens, the God of our salvation. Selah.
  20God is to us a God of saving acts. Yes, the ways to escape death belong to Yahweh the Lord.
  21Surely God will smite the head of his enemies, the hairy crown of the one who walks around in his offenses.
  22The Lord said, “I will bring you back from Bashan, I will bring you again from the depths of the sea,
  23so that your foot may bathe in blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the enemies.”
  24They have seen your processions, O God, the processions of my God, my King, into the holy place.
  25The singers went in front, the players of stringed instruments followed after, in the middle of the young women beating tambourines,
  26“Bless God in the congregations, O Yahweh, the source of Israel!”
  27There is Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them, the princes of Judah, their speakers, the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
  28Your God has commanded your strength. Show your strength, O God who has acted on our behalf.
  29Because of your temple at Jerusalem, kings will bring gifts to you.
  30Rebuke the wild animals of the reeds, the herd of the bulls among the calves of the peoples; trampling underfoot the pieces of silver, he scattered the peoples who delight in wars.
  31Ambassadors will come from Egypt. Ethiopia will quickly lift up her hands to God with tribute.
  32Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth! Make music to the Lord! Selah.
  33To him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which are ancient; behold, he speaks forth with his voice, a mighty voice.
  34Ascribe strength to God! His majesty is over Israel, yes, his strength is in the clouds.
  35You are awesome, O God, in your holy place. The God of Israel himself gives strength and power to his people. Blessed be God!
 


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