To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him
flee before him.||
"Let God arise and let his enemies
(Unknown, 12th Century)
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.
But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the
heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.||
(68:4) "Extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH.|
(God's name is "JAH".)
What is God's name?
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy
God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are
bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.||
O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march
through the wilderness; Selah:||
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.||
(68:8) "The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even
Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God."
Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine
inheritance, when it was weary.
Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy
goodness for the poor.||
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.||
Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the
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.||
When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.||
The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of
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.||
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the
Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.||
(68:17) "The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the
Lord is among them."
(68:18) "Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast
received gifts for men."
Misquoted in Ephesians 4:8, which says: "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive,
and gave gifts unto men."
The author changed the words and meaning of the psalm from "received gifts" to "gave gifts".
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.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of
our salvation. Selah.
He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong
the issues from death.
But God shall wound
the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on
still in his trespasses.||
God will "wound the head of his enemies" so that the righteous can wash their feet "in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the
How should enemies be treated?
(68:21) "God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses."
(68:23) "That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same. "
"God shall break the heads of his enemies, the hairy
crown of them that walk in their sins"
(Unknown, 12th Century)
The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people
again from the depths of the sea:
That thy foot may
be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the
They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in
The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among
them were the damsels playing with timbrels.
Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of
There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their
council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.
Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou
hast wrought for us.||
Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.||
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.||
Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands
Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord;
(68:33-35) God rides on the heavens of heavens, he sends out his mighty voice, his strength is in the clouds,
and he is terrible in his holy places.
(68:33) "Him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens ... he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice."
(68:34) "Ascribe ye strength unto God ... his strength is in the clouds."
(68:35) "Thou art terrible out of thy holy places."
To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo,
doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his
strength is in the clouds.
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.