Psalm 68 – New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 68[a]

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song.

  1. May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.
  2. May you blow them away like smoke— as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.
  3. But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
  4. Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds[b]; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
  5. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
  6. God sets the lonely in families,[c] he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
  7. When you, God, went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,[d]
  8. the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
  9. You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.
  10. Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, God, you provided for the poor.
  11. The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng:
  12. “Kings and armies flee in haste; the women at home divide the plunder.
  13. Even while you sleep among the sheep pens,[e] the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold.”
  14. When the Almighty[f] scattered the kings in the land, it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.
  15. Mount Bashan, majestic mountain, Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
  16. why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the Lord himself will dwell forever?
  17. The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary.[g]
  18. When you ascended on high, you took many captives; you received gifts from people, even from[h] the rebellious— that you,[i] Lord God, might dwell there.
  19. Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
  20. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.
  21. Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies, the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
  22. The Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan; I will bring them from the depths of the sea,
  23. that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes, while the tongues of your dogs have their share.”
  24. Your procession, God, has come into view, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.
  25. In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the young women playing the timbrels.
  26. Praise God in the great congregation; praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.
  27. There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them, there the great throng of Judah’s princes, and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.
  28. Summon your power, God[j]; show us your strength, our God, as you have done before.
  29. Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts.
  30. Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.
  31. Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush[k] will submit herself to God.
  32. Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord,
  33. to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice.
  34. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens.
  35. You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!


a. Psalm 68:1 In Hebrew texts 68:1-35 is numbered 68:2-36.
b. Psalm 68:4 Or name, / prepare the way for him who rides through the deserts
c. Psalm 68:6 Or the desolate in a homeland
d. Psalm 68:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 19 and 32.
e. Psalm 68:13 Or the campfires; or the saddlebags
f. Psalm 68:14 Hebrew Shaddai
g. Psalm 68:17 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lord is among them at Sinai in holiness
h. Psalm 68:18 Or gifts for people, / even
i. Psalm 68:18 Or they
j. Psalm 68:28 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Your God has summoned power for you
k. Psalm 68:31 That is, the upper Nile region

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Psalm 68 – King James Version (KJV)

To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.

  1. Let 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 rejoice before God: Yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
  4. Sing unto God,Sing praises to his name: Extol him that rideth upon the heavens By his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
  5. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, Is God in his holy habitation.
  6. God setteth the solitary in families: He bringeth out those which are bound with chains: But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
  7. O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, When thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
  8. The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: Even Sinai itself was moved At the presence of God, the God of Israel.
  9. Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, When it was weary.
  10. Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: Thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.
  11. The Lord gave the word: Great was the company of those that published it.
  12. Kings of armies did flee apace: And she that tarried at home divided the spoil.
  13. Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove Covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
  14. When the Almighty scattered kings in it, It was white as snow in Salmon.
  15. The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; An high hill as the hill of Bashan.
  16. Why leap ye, ye high hills? This is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; Yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.
  17. The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
  18. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: Thou hast received gifts for men; Yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord GOD might dwell among them.
  19. Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
  20. He that is our God is the God of salvation; And unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.
  21. But God shall wound the head of his enemies, And the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
  22. The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:
  23. That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, And the tongue of thy dogs in the same.
  24. They have seen thy goings, O God; Even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
  25. The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; Among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.
  26. Bless ye God in the congregations, Even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
  27. There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, The princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.
  28. Thy God hath commanded thy strength: Strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.
  29. Because of thy temple at Jerusalem Shall kings bring presents unto thee.
  30. Rebuke the company of spearmen, The multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, Till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: Scatter thou the people that delight in war.
  31. Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
  32. Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
  33. To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; Lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
  34. Ascribe ye strength unto God: His excellency is over Israel, And his strength is in the clouds.
  35. O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: The God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.