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

 1 God will arise! His enemies will be scattered!

 Those who hate him will flee from his presence.

 

 2 As 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.

 

 3 But the righteous will rejoice.

 They will exalt in the presence of God.

 Yes, they will celebrate with joy.

 

 
4 
Sing 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!

 

 5 A father of orphans

 and a judge of widows

 is God in his holy habitation.

 

 6 God causes the lonely to live in a house.

 He brings out the prisoners into the prosperous land,

 Surely the stubborn live in a sun-scorched land.

 

 
7 
O God, when you went out before your people,

 when you marched through the wilderness…. Selah.

 

 8 The 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.

 

 9 You caused the rain to fall plentifully, O God.

 You established your inheritance when it was weary.

 

 10 Your creatures dwelt in it.

 You prepared, O God, your goodness for the poor.

 

 
11 
The 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

 

 13 while you sleep among the sheepfolds.

 The wings of a dove are covered with silver,

 her feathers are shining with gold.

 

 14 When the Almighty scattered kings in the land,

 it snowed on Zalmon.

 

 
15 
O mountain of God, O mountain of Bashan,

 O mountain with many peaks, O mountain of Bashan.

 

 16 Why do you look in envy, O mountains with many peaks,

 at the mountain where God chooses to dwell?

 Yea, Yahweh will dwell there forever.

 

 17 The chariots of God are ten thousands;

 repetitions of thousands.

 The Lord is among them,

 at Sinai in the holy place.

 

 18 You 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.

 

 
19 
Blessed be the Lord.

 Day after day he carries our burdens,

 the God of our salvation. Selah.

 

 20 God is to us a God of saving acts.

 Yes, the ways to escape death belong to Yahweh the Lord.

 

 21 Surely God will smite the head of his enemies,

 the hairy crown of the one who walks around in his offenses.

 

 22 The Lord said, “I will bring you back from Bashan,

 I will bring you again from the depths of the sea,

 

 23 so that your foot may bathe in blood,

 that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion

 from the enemies.”

 

 24 They have seen your processions, O God,

 the processions of my God,

 my King, into the holy place.

 

 25 The 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!”

 

 27 There is Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them,

 the princes of Judah, their speakers,

 the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.

 

 
28 
Your God has commanded your strength.

 Show your strength, O God

 who has acted on our behalf.

 

 29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem,

 kings will bring gifts to you.

 

 30 Rebuke 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.

 

 31 Ambassadors will come from Egypt.

 Ethiopia will quickly lift up her hands to God with tribute.

 

 
32 
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth!

 Make music to the Lord! Selah.

 

 33 To him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which are ancient;

 behold, he speaks forth with his voice, a mighty voice.

 

 34 Ascribe strength to God!

 His majesty is over Israel,

 yes, his strength is in the clouds.

 

 35 You 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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