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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 68

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Psalm 68: Let God arise, and scattered

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

Meter: C.M. (8,6,8,6)

1 Let God arise, and scattered let all his en’mies be; And let all those that do him hate before his presence flee.

2 As smoke is driv’n, so drive thou them; as fire melts wax away, Before God’s face let wicked men so perish and decay.

3 But let the righteous be glad: let them before God’s sight Be very joyful; yea, let them rejoice with all their might.

4 To 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.

5 Because the Lord a father is unto the fatherless; God is the widow’s judge, within his place of holiness.

6 God doth the solitary set in fam’lies: and from bands The chain’d doth free; but rebels do inhabit parched lands.

7 O God, what time thou didst go forth before thy people’s face; And when through the great wilderness thy glorious marching was;

8 Then at God’s presence shook the earth, then drops from heaven fell; This Sinai shook before the Lord, the God of Israel.

9 O God, thou to thine heritage didst send a plenteous rain, Whereby thou, when it weary was, didst it refresh again.

10 Thy congregation then did make their habitation there: Of thine own goodness for the poor, O God, thou didst prepare.

11 The Lord himself did give the word, the word abroad did spread; Great was the company of them the same who published.

12 Kings of great armies foiled were, and forc’d to flee away; And women, who remain’d at home, did distribute the prey.

13 Though ye have lien among the pots, like doves ye shall appear, Whose wings with silver, and with gold whose feathers cover’d are.

14 When there th’ Almighty scatter’d kings, like Salmon’s snow ‘twas white. 15 God’s hill is like to Bashan hill, like Bashan hill for height.

16 Why do ye leap, ye mountains high? this is the hill where God Desires to dwell; yea, God in it for aye will make abode.

17 God’s chariots twenty thousand are, thousands of angels strong; In’s holy place God is, as in mount Sinai, them among.

18 Thou 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.

19 Bless’d be the Lord, who is to us of our salvation God; Who daily with his benefits us plenteously doth load.

20 He of salvation is the God, who is our God most strong; And unto God the Lord from death the issues do belong.

21 But surely God shall wound the head of those that are his foes; The hairy scalp of him that still on in his trespass goes.

22 God said, My people I will bring again from Bashan hill; Yea, from the sea’s devouring depths them bring again I will;

23 That 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.

24 Thy goings they have seen, O God; the steps of majesty Of my God, and my mighty King, within the sanctuary.

25 Before went singers, players next on instruments took way; And them among the damsels were that did on timbrels play.

26 Within the congregations bless God with one accord: From Isr’el’s fountain do ye bless and praise the mighty Lord.

27 With their prince, little Benjamin, princes and council there Of Judah were, there Zabulon’s and Napht’li’s princes were.

28 Thy God commands thy strength; make strong what thou wrought’st for us, Lord. 29 For thy house at Jerusalem kings shall thee gifts afford.

30 The 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.

31 Those that be princes great shall then come out of Egypt lands; And Ethiopia to God shall soon stretch out her hands.

32 O all ye kingdoms of the earth, sing praises to this King; For he is Lord that ruleth all, unto him praises sing.

33 To 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.

34 Strength unto God do ye ascribe; for his excellency Is over Israel, his strength is in the clouds most high.

35 Thou’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.