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Psalm 68

(from Day 13 Morning Prayer)

Exurgat Deus

  1. LET God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
  2. Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away: and like as wax melteth at the fire, so let the ungodly perish at 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 that rideth upon the heavens, as it were upon an horse; praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.
  5. He is a father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows: even God in his holy habitation.
  6. He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity: but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness.
  7. O God, when thou wentest forth before the people: when thou wentest through the wilderness;
  8. The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God: even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
  9. Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance: and refreshedst it when it was weary.
  10. Thy congregation shall dwell therein: for thou, O God, hast of thy goodness prepared for the poor.
  11. The Lord gave the word: great was the company of the preachers.
  12. Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfited: and they of the household divided the spoil.
  13. Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove: that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.
  14. When the Almighty scattered kings for their sake: then were they as white as snow in Salmon.
  15. As the hill of Basan, so is God's hill: even an high hill, as the hill of Basan.
  16. Why hop ye so, ye high hills? this is God's hill, in the which it pleaseth him to dwell: yea, the Lord will abide in it for ever.
  17. The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: and the Lord is among them, as in the holy place of Sinai.
  18. Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men: yea, even for thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.
  19. Praised be the Lord daily: even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.
  20. He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation: God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.
  21. God shall wound the head of his enemies: and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his wickedness.
  22. The Lord hath said, I will bring my people again, as I did from Basan: mine own will I bring again, as I did sometime from the deep of the sea.
  23. That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies: and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red through the same.
  24. It is well seen, O God, how thou goest: how thou, my God and King, goest in the sanctuary.
  25. The singers go before, the minstrels follow after: in the midst are the damsels playing with the timbrels.
  26. Give thanks, O Israel, unto God the Lord in the congregations: from the ground of the heart.
  27. There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their counsel: the princes of Zabulon, and the princes of Nephthali.
  28. Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee: stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us,
  29. For thy temple's sake at Jerusalem: so shall kings bring presents unto thee.
  30. When the company of the spear-men, and multitude of the mighty are scattered abroad among the beasts of the people, so that they humbly bring pieces of silver: and when he hath scattered the people that delight in war;
  31. Then shall the princes come out of Eqypt: the Morians' land shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
  32. Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth: O sing praises unto the Lord;
  33. Who sitteth in the heavens over all from the beginning: lo, he doth send out his voice, yea, and that a mighty voice.
  34. Ascribe ye the power to God over Israel: his worship and strength is in the clouds.
  35. O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places: even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people; blessed be God.