Psalm 68

Exsurgat Deus
1
Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
let those who hate him also flee before him.
2
As the smoke vanishes, so shall you drive them away; *
and as wax melts before the fire, so let the ungodly perish before the presence of God.
3
But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
let them also be merry and joyful.
4
O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him who rides upon the heavens. *
The Lord is his Name; rejoice before him.
5
He is a father of the fatherless and defends the cause of the widows, *
God in his holy habitation.
6
He is the God who gives the solitary a home, and brings the prisoners out of captivity, *
but lets the rebellious dwell in a desert land.
7
O God, when you went forth before the people, *
when you went through the wilderness,
8
The earth shook, and the heavens poured forth rain at the presence of God, *
even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
9
You, O God, sent a gracious rain upon your inheritance *
and refreshed the land when it was weary.
10
Your congregation found a dwelling there, *
for you, O God, of your goodness have provided for the poor.
11
The Lord gave the word; *
great was the company of those who proclaimed the tidings.
12
Kings with their armies fled, they fled, *
and the women at home divided the spoil.
13
Though you have lain among the sheepfolds, *
yet shall you be like the wings of a dove that are covered with silver, and whose feathers shine like gold.
14
When the Almighty scattered kings, *
it was as if it snowed in Zalmon.
15
As the hill of Bashan, so is God’s hill, *
even a high hill, as the hill of Bashan.
16
Why look with envy, you high hills? This is God’s hill, on which it pleases him to dwell; *
surely, the Lord will abide on it for ever.
17
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels, *
and the Lord has come from Sinai into the holy place.
18
You have gone up on high; you have led captivity captive, and received gifts from men, *
even from your enemies, that the Lord God might dwellamong them.
19
Praised be the Lord daily, *
even the God who helps us and pours his benefits upon us.
20
He is our God, the God from whom salvation comes; *
God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.