Psalm 68 T.S.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Let God arise, and then his foes will turn themselves to flight; His enemies for fear shall run, and scatter out of sight.
2 And as wax melts before the fire, and wind blows smoke away, So in the presence of the Lord the wicked shall decay.
3 But righteous men before the Lord shall heartily rejoice; They shall be glad and merry all, and cheerful in their voice.
4 Sing praise, sing praise unto the Lord, who rideth on the sky: Extol the great Jehovah's Name, and him still magnify.
5 The same is he that is above within his holy place, That Father is of fatherless, and Judge of widows' case.
6 Houses and issue both he gives unto the comfortless, He bringeth bondmen out of thrall, and rebels to distress.
7 When thou didst march before thy folk th' Egyptians from among, And brought'st them thro' the wilderness, which was both wide and long,
8 The earth did shake, the heav'ns did drop, great thunder-claps were heard, Mount Sinai also movèd was, when Israel's God appeared.
9 Thy heritage with drops of rain abundantly was washed; And if so be it barren was, by thee it was refreshed.
10 Thy chosen flock doth there remain, thou hast prepared that place; And for the poor thou dost provide of thy especial grace.
The Second part.
11 God will give women causes just to magnify his Name, When as his people triumphs make, and purchase mighty fame.
12 Puissant kings, for all their pow'r, shall flee and take the foil, And women which remain at home shall help to part the spoil.
13 And though ye were as black as pots, your hue shall pass the dove, Whose wings and feathers seem to have silver and gold above.
14 When in this land God shall triumph o'er kings both high and low, Then shall it be like Salmon hill, as white as is the snow.
15 Though Basan he a fruitful hill, and in height others pass, Yet Zion, God's most holy hill, doth far excel in grace.
16 Why leap ye thus, ye hills most high, and thus in pride do swell? The hill of Zion God doth love, And there will ever dwell.
17 God's army twenty thousand is of angels great and strong; The Lord also in Sinai is present them among.
18 Thou didst, O Lord, ascend on high, and captive led'st them all, Who in times past thy chosen flock in bondage did enthrall.
19 Thou hast receivèd gifts for men, e'en for thine enemies, Unto the end that God the Lord might dwell with them likewise,
20 Now praisèd be the Lord, for that he pours on us such grace; From day to day he is the God both of our health and peace.
The Third Part.
21 He is the God from whom alone salvation we obtain, He is the God by whom we 'scape all dangers, death, and pain:
22 And he shall wound the head of all his enemies, also The hairy scalp of such as on in wickedness still go.
23 From Basan will I bring, said he, my people and my sheep, And all my own, as I have done, from dangers of the deep;
24 And make them dip their feet in blood of those that hate my Name; The tongues of dogs they shall be red with licking of the same.
25 Thy goings they have seen, O God, unto their own disgrace, How thou, my God and King, dost go within thy holy place:
26 The singers go before with joy, the minstrels make no stay, And in the midst the damsels do with timbrels sweetly play.
27 Now in the congregations thou, O Israel, praise the Lord, And Jacob's whole posterity, give thanks with one accord:
28 The chief was little Benjamin, but Judah made their host, With Zebulon and Nephthalim, who dwelt about their coast,
29 Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee, O God, make firm and sure The thing that thou bast wrought in us for ever to endure:
30 Then in thy temple gifts will we offer to thee, O Lord, And in thy own Jerusalem praise thee with one accord.
The Fourth Part. 31 Yea, and strange kings, by us subdued, shall do like in those days; For unto thee they shall present their gifts of laud and praise,
32 He shall destroy the spearmen's ranks, the calves and bulls of might, And make them tribute pay, and daunt all such as love to fight.
33 Then shall the lords of Egypt come, and presents with them bring; The Moors also stretch out their hands to God, their Lord and King.
34 Therefore, ye kingdoms of the earth, give praise unto the Lord; Sing psalms to God with one consent, thereto let all accord,
35 For he doth ride and ever did above the heav'ns most bright, And by his fearful thunder-claps men may well know his might,
36 Therefore the strength of Israel ascribe to God on high, Whose might and pow'r doth far extend above the cloudy sky.
37 O God, thy holiness and pow'r is dread for evermore; The God of Israel gives us strength, therefore his Name adore.