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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LXVIII
 
Jehovah the God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary
 
 
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David, a Song.
 
 
[1]  LET 1 God arise, let his enemies be scattered;
Let them also that hate him flee before him.
[2]  As smoke is driven away, so drive them away:
As wax melteth before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
[3]  But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God:
Yea, let them rejoice with gladness.
[4]  Sing unto God, sing praises to his name:
Cast up a highway for him that rideth through the deserts;
His name is Jehovah; 2 and exult ye before him.
[5]  A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,
Is God in his holy habitation.
[6]  God setteth 3 the solitary in families:
He bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
 
[7]  O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people,
When thou didst march through the wilderness;  [Selah
[8]  The earth trembled,
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God:
Yon Sinai trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
[9]  Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain,
Thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
[10]  Thy congregation 4 dwelt therein:
Thou, O God, didst prepare of thy goodness for the poor.
[11]  The Lord giveth the word:
The women that publish the tidings are a great host.
[12]  Kings of armies flee, they flee;
And she that tarrieth at home divideth the spoil.
[13]  When 5 ye lie among the sheepfolds,
It is as the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her pinions with yellow gold.
[14]  When the Almighty scattered kings therein,
It was 6 as when it snoweth in Zalmon.
[15]  A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A high 7 mountain is the mountain of Bashan.
[16]  Why look ye askance, ye high mountains,
At the mountain which God hath desired for his abode?
Yea, Jehovah will dwell in it for ever.
[17]  The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands upon thousands:
The Lord is among them, as 8 in Sinai, in the sanctuary.
[18]  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led away captives;
Thou hast received gifts among men,
Yea, among the rebellious also, that Jehovah 9 God might dwell 10 with them.
 
[19]  Blessed be the 11 Lord, who daily beareth our burden,
Even the God who is our salvation.  [Selah
[20]  God is unto us a God of deliverances;
And unto Jehovah the Lord belongeth escape from death.
[21]  But God will smite through the head of his enemies,
The hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his guiltiness.
[22]  The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan,
I will bring them again from the depths of the sea;
[23]  That thou mayest crush them, dipping thy foot in blood,
That the tongue of thy dogs may have its portion from thine enemies.
[24]  They have seen thy goings, O God,
Even the goings of my God, my King, into 12 the sanctuary.
[25]  The singers went before, the minstrels followed after,
In the midst of the damsels playing with timbrels.
[26]  Bless ye God in the congregations,
Even the Lord, ye that are of the fountain of Israel.
[27]  There is little Benjamin their ruler,
The princes of Judah and their council, 13
The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
 
[28]  Thy God hath commanded thy strength:
Strengthen, 14 O God, that which thou hast 15 wrought for us.
[29]  Because of thy temple at Jerusalem
Kings shall bring presents unto thee.
[30]  Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds,
The multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the peoples,
Trampling 16 under foot the pieces of silver:
He 17 hath scattered the peoples that delight in war.
[31]  Princes shall come out of Egypt;
Ethiopia 18 shall haste to stretch out her hands unto God.
[32]  Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth;
Oh sing praises unto the Lord;  [Selah
[33]  To him that rideth upon the heaven of heavens, which are of old;
Lo, he uttereth his voice, a mighty voice.
[34]  Ascribe ye strength unto God:
His excellency is over Israel,
And his strength is in the skies.
[35]  O 19 God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places:
The God of Israel, he giveth strength and power unto his people.
Blessed be God.
 
Note 1. Or, God ariseth; and so throughout ver. 1, 2, 3. [back]
Note 2. Heb. Jah. [back]
Note 3. Heb. maketh the solitary to dwell in a house. [back]
Note 4. Or, troop. [back]
Note 5. Or, Will ye lie among the sheepfolds, as the wings … gold? [back]
Note 6. Or, snowed. [back]
Note 7. Heb. mountain of summits. [back]
Note 8. Or, Sinai is in the sanctuary. [back]
Note 9. Heb. Jah. See ver. 4. [back]
Note 10. Or, dwell there. [back]
Note 11. Or, the Lord day by day: if one oppresseth us, God is our salvation. [back]
Note 12. Or, in the sanctuary Or, in holiness. [back]
Note 13. Or, company. [back]
Note 14. Or, Be strong, O God, thou that hast &c. [back]
Note 15. Or, hast wrought for us out of thy temple. Unto Jerusalem &c. [back]
Note 16. Or, Every one submitting himself with pieces of silver. [back]
Note 17. Or, as otherwise read, Scatter thou. [back]
Note 18. Heb. Cush. [back]
Note 19. Or, Terrible is God. [back]
 

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