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The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

  1 ILet aGod arise, IIlet His enemies be scattered,
  And IIIlet those who hate Him flee before Him.
  2 As asmoke is driven away, [so] drive [them] away;
  As bwax melts before the fire,
  [So] let the cwicked perish before God.
  3 But let the arighteous be glad; let them exult before God;
  Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
  4 Sing to God, asing praises to His name;
  IbLift up [a song] for Him who crides through the deserts,
  Whose dname is IIthe LORD, and exult before Him.

[1] IOr God shall IIOr His enemies shall IIIOr those who hate Him shall aNu 10:35; Ps 12:5; 132:8
[2] aPs 37:20; Is 9:18; Ho 13:3 bPs 22:14; 97:5; Mi 1:4 cPs 9:3; 37:20; 80:16
[3] aPs 32:11; 64:10; 97:12
[4] IOr Cast up a highway IIHeb YAH aPs 66:2 bIs 57:14; 62:10 cDt 33:26; Ps 18:10; 68:33; Is 40:3 dEx 6:3; Ps 83:18

  5 ¶ A afather of the fatherless and a bjudge Ifor the widows,
  Is God in His choly habitation.
  6 God Iamakes a home for the lonely;
  He bleads out the prisoners into prosperity,
  Only cthe rebellious dwell in a parched land.

[5] ILit of aPs 10:14; 146:9 bDt 10:18 cDt 26:15
[6] ILit makes the solitary to dwell in a house aPs 107:4-7; 113:9 bPs 69:33; 102:20; 107:10, 14; 146:7; Ac 12:7; 16:26 cPs 78:17; 107:34, 40

  7 ¶ O God, when You awent forth before Your people,
  When You bmarched through the wilderness,
      ISelah.
  8 The aearth quaked;
  The bheavens also dropped [rain] at the presence of God;
  IcSinai itself [quaked] at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
  9 You ashed abroad a plentiful rain, O God;
  You confirmed Your inheritance when it was Iparched.
  10 Your creatures settled in it;
  You aprovided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.

[7] ISelah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude aEx 13:21; Ps 78:14; Hab 3:13 bJg 5:4; Ps 78:52
[8] ILit This is Sinai which aEx 19:18; Jg 5:4; 2S 22:8; Ps 77:18; Jr 10:10 bJg 5:4; Ps 18:9; Is 45:8 cEx 19:18; Jg 5:5
[9] ILit weary aLv 26:4; Dt 11:11; Jb 5:10; Ezk 34:26
[10] aPs 65:9; 74:19; 78:20; 107:9

  11 ¶ The Lord gives the Icommand;
  The awomen who proclaim the [good] tidings are a great host:
  12aKings of armies flee, they flee,
  And she who remains at home will bdivide the spoil!”
  13 IWhen you lie down aamong the IIsheepfolds,
  [You are like] the wings of a dove covered with silver,
  And its pinions with glistening gold.
  14 When the Almighty ascattered the kings Ithere,
  It was snowing in bZalmon.

[11] ILit word aEx 15:20; 1S 18:6
[12] aJsh 10:16; Jg 5:19; Ps 135:11 bJg 5:30; 1S 30:24
[13] ILit If IIOr cooking stones or saddle bags aGn 49:14; Jg 5:16
[14] ILit in it aJsh 10:10 bJg 9:48

  15 ¶ A Iamountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
  A mountain [of many] peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
  16 Why do you look with envy, O mountains with [many] peaks,
  At the mountain which God has adesired for His abode?
  Surely bthe LORD will dwell [there] forever.
  17 The achariots of God are Imyriads, bthousands upon thousands;
  IIThe Lord is among them [as at] Sinai, in holiness.
  18 You have aascended on high, You have bled captive [Your] captives;
  You have received gifts among men,
  Even [among] the rebellious also, that Ithe LORD God may dwell [there].

[15] IOr mighty mountain is aPs 36:6
[16] aDt 12:5; Ps 87:1, 2; 132:13 bPs 132:14
[17] ILit twice ten thousand IIAnother reading is The Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary a2K 6:17; Hab 3:8 bDt 33:2; Dn 7:10
[18] IHeb YAH aPs 7:7; 47:5; Ep 4:8 bJg 5:12

  19 ¶ Blessed be the Lord, who daily abears our burden,
  bThe God [who] is our salvation.
      Selah.
  20 God is to us a aGod of deliverances;
  And bto IGOD the Lord belong escapes IIfrom death.
  21 Surely God will ashatter the head of His enemies,
  The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.
  22 The Lord Isaid, “aI will bring [them] back from Bashan.
  I will bring [them] back from the depths of the sea;
  23 That Iayour foot may shatter [them] in blood,
  The tongue of your bdogs [may have] its portion from [your] enemies.”

[19] aPs 55:22; Is 46:4 bPs 65:5
[20] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD III.e. in view of; lit for aPs 106:43 bDt 32:39; Ps 49:15; 56:13
[21] aPs 110:6; Hab 3:13
[22] IOr says aNu 21:33; Am 9:1-3
[23] ISome versions render, you may bathe your foot in blood aPs 58:10 b1K 21:19; Jr 15:3

  24 ¶ They have seen aYour Iprocession, O God,
  The Iprocession of my God, my King, IIbinto the sanctuary.
  25 The asingers went on, the musicians after [them],
  IIn the midst of the bmaidens beating tambourines.
  26 aBless God in the congregations,
  [Even] the LORD, [you who are] of the bfountain of Israel.
  27 There is aBenjamin, the Iyoungest, IIruling them,
  The princes of Judah [in] their throng,
  The princes of bZebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

[24] ILit goings IILit in the sanctuary; or in holiness aPs 77:13 bPs 63:2
[25] IOr The maidens in the midst a1Ch 13:8; 15:6; Ps 47:6 bEx 15:20; Jg 11:34
[26] aPs 22:22, 23; 26:12 bDt 33:28; Is 48:1
[27] IOr smallest IIOr their ruler aJg 5:14; 1S 9:21 bJg 5:18

  28IYour God has acommanded your strength;
  Show Yourself strong, O God, bwho have acted IIon our behalf.
  29 IBecause of Your temple at Jerusalem
  aKings will bring gifts to You.
  30 Rebuke the abeasts Iin the reeds,
  The herd of bbulls with the calves of the peoples,
  Trampling under foot the pieces of silver;
  He has cscattered the peoples who delight in war.
  31 Envoys will come out of aEgypt;
  IbEthiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

[28] ISome mss read Command, God IILit for us aPs 29:11; 44:4 bIs 26:12
[29] IOr From Your temple a1K 10:10, 25; 2Ch 32:23; Ps 45:12; 72:10; Is 18:7
[30] ILit of aJb 40:21; Ezk 29:3 bPs 22:12 cPs 18:14; 89:10
[31] ILit Cush aIs 19:19, 21 bIs 45:14; Zp 3:10

  32 ¶ Sing to God, O akingdoms of the earth,
  bSing praises to the Lord,
      Selah.
  33 To Him who arides upon the Ibhighest heavens, which are from ancient times;
  Behold, cHe IIspeaks forth with His voice, a dmighty voice.
  34 aAscribe strength to God;
  His majesty is over Israel
  And bHis strength is in the Iskies.
  35 IO God, [You are] aawesome from Your IIsanctuary.
  The God of Israel Himself bgives strength and power to the people.
  cBlessed be God!

[32] aPs 102:22 bPs 67:4
[33] ILit heaven of heavens of old IILit gives forth aDt 33:26; Ps 18:10; 104:3 bDt 10:14; 1K 8:27 cPs 46:6 dPs 29:4
[34] ILit clouds aPs 29:1 bPs 150:1
[35] IOr Awesome is God from your sanctuary IILit holy places aDt 7:21; 10:17; Ps 47:2; 66:5 bPs 29:11; Is 40:29 cPs 66:20; 2Co 1:3


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A prayer at the removing of the Ark.

1 ¶ [[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. 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.

[1] Ex 20:5; Nu 10:35; Dt 7:10; 2Ch 6:41; Ps 7:6; 21:8; 44:26; 59:11; 68:14, 30; 78:65; 89:10; 132:8; Is 33:3; 41:15; 42:13; 51:9; Ezk 5:2; 12:14; Dn 2:35; Jn 14:23.
[2] Ps 37:20; 76:7; 80:16; 97:5; Is 9:18; 64:2; Ho 13:3; Mi 1:4; Na 1:5; 2Th 1:8; Rv 6:16.
[3] Dt 12:12; Ps 21:1; 32:11; 33:1; 43:4; 58:10; 64:10; 95:1; 97:12; 98:8; 100:1; 1Th 5:16; 1P 1:8; Rv 18:20; 19:7.

An exhortation to praise God for his mercies,

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].

[4] Ex 3:14; 6:3, 8; Dt 33:26; Ps 18:10; 66:4; 67:4; 68:33; 104:3; Is 12:4; 19:1.
[5] Dt 10:18; 2Ch 6:2; 30:27; Jb 29:12; 31:16; Ps 10:14, 18; 33:14; 72:2, 4; 82:3; 146:9; Is 1:23; 57:15; 66:1; Jr 5:28; 49:11; Ho 14:3; Lk 18:2; Ac 7:48; Ep 5:1.
[6] Dt 28:23; 1S 2:5; Ps 107:10, 14, 34, 40, 41; 113:9; 146:7; Is 61:1; Ho 2:3; Mal 1:3; Ac 12:6; Ga 4:27.

for his care of the Church,

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].

[7] Ex 13:21; Dt 4:34; Jg 4:14; 5:4; Ps 114:1; Mi 2:13; Hab 3:12, 13.
[8] Ex 19:16, 18; Dt 5:23; Jg 5:4; Ps 41:13; 68:35; 77:18; 114:7; Is 45:3; 64:1, 3; Hab 3:13; He 12:26; Rv 11:19.
[9] Dt 11:10, 14; Ps 65:9; 77:16; 78:24; Ezk 34:26.
[10] Ex 19:5; Nu 16:3; Dt 26:5, 9; 32:8; 1S 2:8; Jb 5:10; Ps 74:1, 19; Mt 11:5; Lk 1:53; 1P 5:3.
[11] Ex 14:15; 15:20; 17:9; Jg 4:6; 5:1; Ps 40:3; 68:25; Ep 4:11; Rv 19:13.
[12] Ex 14:25; Nu 31:8, 27, 54; Jsh 10:16, 42; 12:7, 8; Jg 5:19; 1S 30:24; Rv 6:15; 19:17.
[13] Ex 1:14; 1K 4:20; Ps 74:19; 81:6; 105:37; 149:4; Ezk 16:6; Lk 15:16, 22; 1Co 6:9; 12:2; Ep 2:1; 5:26; Tit 3:3; Rv 1:5.
[14] Nu 21:3, 21; Jsh 10:10; 12:1; Jg 2:7; Ps 51:7; Is 1:18; Jr 2:3; Rv 19:14.
[15] Dt 3:10; Ps 2:6; 78:68; 87:1; Is 2:2; Mi 7:14.
[16] Dt 12:5, 11; 1K 9:3; Ps 114:4, 6; 132:13; Is 2:2; He 12:22; Rv 21:2.
[17] Ex 3:5; 19:22; Dt 33:2; 2K 2:11; 6:16; Ps 18:10; Ezk 1:15; Dn 7:10; Mt 26:53; Rv 5:11; 9:16.
[18] Jg 5:12; 2Ch 6:18; Ps 24:3, 7; 47:5; 78:60; 110:1; 132:13; Pv 1:22; Is 55:7; 57:15; Ezk 48:35; Mt 9:13; Mk 16:9; Lk 24:47, 49, 51; Jn 14:16, 17, 23; 16:7, 13; Ac 1:2, 4; 2:4, 23, 33, 36, 38; 9:17; 1Co 6:9; 15:45; 2Co 6:16; Ep 4:8; Col 1:18; 2:3, 9; 1Ti 1:13; Tit 3:3; He 1:3; 4:14; 6:20; 8:1; 1P 3:22; Rv 1:20; 2:1; 21:3.

for his great works.

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.

[19] Ps 32:7; 72:17; 103:1; 139:17; Lm 3:23; Ep 1:3.
[20] Dt 32:39; 1S 2:6; Ps 118:17; Pv 4:23; Is 12:2; 45:17; Ho 1:7; Jn 4:22; 5:21, 23, 28; 11:25; He 2:14; Rv 1:18; 20:1.
[21] Ps 7:12; 55:23; 68:18; 110:6; Pv 1:24; Ezk 18:27; Hab 3:13; Mk 12:4; Lk 13:5; He 2:1; 12:25; Rv 2:14.
[22] Ex 14:22, 29; Nu 21:33; Is 11:11; 49:22; 51:10; Jr 23:5; Ezk 36:24; Ho 1:10.
[23] 1K 21:19; 22:38; 2K 9:33; Ps 58:10; Is 63:1; Rv 19:17.
[24] 2S 6:12; 1Ch 13:8; 15:16; Ps 24:7; 47:5.
[25] Ex 15:20; Jg 11:34; 1S 18:6; Ps 87:7; 148:12; 150:3; Jr 31:4, 13; Rv 14:2; 15:2.
[26] Dt 33:28; 1Ch 16:7, 8; Ps 107:32; 111:1; 135:19; Pv 5:16; Is 48:1.
[27] Gn 42:32; Jg 20:35; 21:6; 1S 9:21; 1Ch 12:16, 29; 15:3; 27:12; Ps 47:9; 60:7; Is 11:13; Ezk 37:19.
[28] Ps 42:8; 44:4; 71:3; 138:8; Is 40:31; Jn 5:8; Ac 3:6; 2Co 12:9; Ep 3:17; Php 1:6; 2Th 1:11.
[29] 1K 10:10, 24; 1Ch 17:4; 22:7; 28:10; 29:3; 2Ch 2:5; 6:8; 32:33; Ezr 7:13; Ne 2:8; Ps 72:10; 76:11; Is 60:6, 16.
[30] 2S 8:1, 2, 8; 10:1; 2Ch 14:1; 20:1; Ps 2:12; 18:44; 22:12; 68:14; 120:7; Is 34:7; 37:1; Jr 50:11; 51:32; Ro 7:22; Jm 4:1.
[31] 1K 8:22; Ps 44:20; 72:8; 88:9; 143:6; Is 19:18; 45:14; 60:6; 66:19; Zp 3:10; Ac 8:27.
[32] Dt 32:43; Ps 67:2; 100:1; 117:1; Ro 15:10; Rv 15:4.
[33] Ps 18:10; 29:3; 68:4; 77:17; 93:2; 102:25; 104:3; Ezk 10:5; Jn 12:28; Rv 11:12, 15, 19.
[34] Dt 33:26; 1Ch 16:28; Ps 29:1; 96:6; 2P 1:17; Rv 19:6.
[35] Ex 15:1; Dt 33:25; Ne 1:5; Ps 29:11; 45:4; 65:5; 66:5; 72:18; 76:12; Is 40:31; 45:21; Zc 10:12; Ep 3:16; Php 4:13; Col 1:11; He 12:24; Rv 6:16.


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