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Psalm 68


[Recommended tunes: v 1-6 Richmond, Montrose; v 7-17 Weymouth, Colchester; v 18-31 Sheffield, Winchester; v 32-35 St Gregory, St Lawrence]



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


1Let God arise, and scattered

let all his en'mies be;

And let all those that do him hate

before his presence flee.

2As smoke is driv'n, so drive thou them;

as fire melts wax away,

Before God's face let wicked men

so perish and decay.


3But let the righteous be glad:

let them before God's sight

Be very joyful; yea, let them

rejoice with all their might.

4To God sing, to his name sing praise;

extol him with your voice,

That rides on heav'n, by his name Jah,

before his face rejoice.


5Because the Lord a father is

unto the fatherless;

God is the widow's judge, within

his place of holiness.

6God doth the solitary set

in fam'lies: and from bands

The chain'd doth free; but rebels do

inhabit parched lands.


7O God, what time thou didst go forth

before thy people's face;

And when through the great wilderness

thy glorious marching was;

8Then at God's presence shook the earth,

then drops from heaven fell;

This Sinai shook before the Lord,

the God of Israel.


9O God, thou to thine heritage

didst send a plenteous rain,

Whereby thou, when it weary was,

didst it refresh again.

10Thy congregation then did make

their habitation there:

Of thine own goodness for the poor,

O God, thou didst prepare.


11The Lord himself did give the word,

the word abroad did spread;

Great was the company of them

the same who published.

12Kings of great armies foiled were,

and forc'd to flee away;

And women, who remain'd at home,

did distribute the prey.


13Though ye have lien among the pots,

like doves ye shall appear,

Whose wings with silver, and with gold

whose feathers cover'd are.

14When there th' Almighty scatter'd kings,

like Salmon's snow 'twas white.

15God's hill is like to Bashan hill,

like Bashan hill for height.


16Why do ye leap, ye mountains high?

this is the hill where God

Desires to dwell; yea, God in it

for aye will make abode.

17God's chariots twenty thousand are,

thousands of angels strong;

In's holy place God is, as in

mount Sinai, them among.


18Thou hast, O Lord, most glorious,

ascended up on high;

And in triumph victorious led

captive captivity:

Thou hast received gifts for men,

for such as did rebel;

Yea, ev'n for them, that God the Lord

in midst of them might dwell.


19Bless'd be the Lord, who is to us

of our salvation God;

Who daily with his benefits

us plenteously doth load.

20He of salvation is the God,

who is our God most strong;

And unto God the Lord from death

the issues do belong.


21But surely God shall wound the head

of those that are his foes;

The hairy scalp of him that still

on in his trespass goes.

22God said, My people I will bring

again from Bashan hill;

Yea, from the sea's devouring depths

them bring again I will;


23That in the blood of enemies

thy foot imbru'd may be,

And of thy dogs dipp'd in the same

the tongues thou mayest see.

24Thy goings they have seen, O God;

the steps of majesty

Of my God, and my mighty King,

within the sanctuary.


25Before went singers, players next

on instruments took way;

And them among the damsels were

that did on timbrels play.

26Within the congregations

bless God with one accord:

From Isr'el's fountain do ye bless

and praise the mighty Lord.


27With their prince, little Benjamin,

princes and council there

Of Judah were, there Zabulon's

and Napht'li's princes were.

28Thy God commands thy strength; make strong

what thou wrought'st for us, Lord.

29For thy house at Jerusalem

kings shall thee gifts afford.


30The spearmen's host, the multitude

of bulls, which fiercely look,

Those calves which people have forth sent,

O Lord our God, rebuke,

Till ev'ry one submit himself,

and silver pieces bring:

The people that delight in war

disperse, O God and King.


31Those that be princes great shall then

come out of Egypt lands;

And Ethiopia to God

shall soon stretch out her hands.

32O all ye kingdoms of the earth,

sing praises to this King;

For he is Lord that ruleth all,

unto him praises sing.


33To him that rides on heav'ns of heav'ns,

which he of old did found;

Lo, he sends out his voice, a voice

in might that doth abound.

34Strength unto God do ye ascribe;

for his excellency

Is over Israel , his strength

is in the clouds most high.


35Thou'rt from thy temple dreadful, Lord;

Isr'el's own God is he,

Who gives his people strength and pow'r:

O let God blessed be.



The Psalms in Metre