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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 68

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The Exodus and Conquest, Pledge of Future Help

1For the leader. A psalm of David, a song.

I

2God will arise for battle;* the enemy will be scattered; those who hate God will flee. p Nm 10, 35 . 3The wind will disperse them like smoke; as wax is melted by fire, so the wicked will perish before God. q Ps 97, 5; JDt 16, 15; WIs 5, 14; Mi 1, 4 . 4Then the just will be glad; they will rejoice before God; they will celebrate with great joy.

II

5Sing to God, praise the divine name; exalt the rider of the clouds.* Rejoice before this God whose name is the LORD. r Pss 18, 10; 104, 3; Dt 33, 26; Is 19, 1 . 6Father of the fatherless, defender of widows— s 68, 6–7: Pss 103, 6; 146, 7. 9; Ex 22, 20–22; Bar 6, 37 . this is the God whose abode is holy, 7Who gives a home to the forsaken, who leads prisoners out to prosperity,while rebels live in the desert.*

III

8God, when you went forth before your people, t 68, 8–9: Pss 44, 10; 114, 4. 7; Jgs 5, 4–5; Heb 12, 26 . when you marched through the desert,   Selah 9The earth quaked, the heavens shook, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel. 10You claimed a land as your own, O God; 11your people settled there. There you poured abundant rains, God, graciously given to the poor in their need.

IV

12aThe Lord announced the news of victory:* 13a“The kings and their armies are in desperate flight. u Jgs 5, 19. 5, 22 . 12bAll you people so numerous, 14awill you stay by the sheepfolds? v Jgs 5, 16 . 13bEvery household will share the booty, 14bperhaps a dove sheathed with silver, 14cits wings covered with yellow gold.” 15When the Almighty routed the kings there, the spoils were scattered like snow on Zalmon.*

V

16You high mountains of Bashan, you rugged mountains of Bashan, 17You rugged mountains, why look with envy at the mountain* where God has chosen to dwell,where the LORD resides forever? w Ps 132, 13–14; Ez 43, 7 . 18God's chariots were myriad, thousands upon thousands; from Sinai the Lord entered the holy place. 19You went up to its lofty height; you took captives, received slaves as tribute. x Ps 47, 8; Eph 4, 8–10 . No rebels can live in the presence of God.

VI

20Blessed be the Lord day by day, God, our salvation, who carries us. y Pss 34, 2; 145, 2; Is 46, 3–4; 63, 9 .   Selah 21Our God is a God who saves; escape from death is in the LORD God's hands. 22God will crush the skulls of the enemy, the hairy heads of those who walk in sin. z Dt 32, 42 . 23The Lord has said: “Even from Bashan I will fetch them, fetch them even from the depths of the sea.* 24You will wash your feet in your enemy's blood; the tongues of your dogs will lap it up.” a Pss 58, 11; 1 Kgs 21, 19; 22, 38; Is 63, 1–6 .

VII

25Your procession* comes into view, O God, your procession into the holy place, my God and king. 26The singers go first, the harpists follow; in their midst girls sound the timbrels. b Pss 81, 2–3; 87, 7; 149, 3; 150, 3–5; 2 Sm 6, 5 . 27In your choirs, bless God; bless the LORD, you from Israel's assemblies. 28In the lead is Benjamin, few in number; there the princes of Judah, a large throng, the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali, too. c Is 8, 23 .

VIII

29Summon again, O God, your power, the divine power you once showed for us. 30Show it from your temple on behalf of Jerusalem, that kings may bring you tribute. 31Roar at the wild beast of the reeds,* the herd of mighty bulls, the lords of nations;scatter the nations that delight in war. 32Exact rich tribute from lower Egypt, d Ez 29, 2ff . from upper Egypt,* gold and silver; make Ethiopia* extend its hands to God. e Is 18, 7; 45, 14 .

IX

33You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; f Ps 138, 4 . chant the praises of the Lord,   Selah 34Who rides the heights of the ancient heavens, whose voice is thunder, mighty thunder. 35Confess the power of God, whose majesty protects Israel, whose power is in the sky. 36Awesome is God in his holy place, the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to his people. g Pss 28, 8; 29, 11 . Blessed be God!

Notes:

p: Nm 10, 35 .

q: Ps 97, 5; JDt 16, 15; WIs 5, 14; Mi 1, 4 .

r: Pss 18, 10; 104, 3; Dt 33, 26; Is 19, 1 .

s: 68, 6–7: Pss 103, 6; 146, 7. 9; Ex 22, 20–22; Bar 6, 37 .

t: 68, 8–9: Pss 44, 10; 114, 4. 7; Jgs 5, 4–5; Heb 12, 26 .

u: Jgs 5, 19. 5, 22 .

v: Jgs 5, 16 .

w: Ps 132, 13–14; Ez 43, 7 .

x: Ps 47, 8; Eph 4, 8–10 .

y: Pss 34, 2; 145, 2; Is 46, 3–4; 63, 9 .

z: Dt 32, 42 .

a: Pss 58, 11; 1 Kgs 21, 19; 22, 38; Is 63, 1–6 .

b: Pss 81, 2–3; 87, 7; 149, 3; 150, 3–5; 2 Sm 6, 5 .

c: Is 8, 23 .

d: Ez 29, 2ff .

e: Is 18, 7; 45, 14 .

f: Ps 138, 4 .

g: Pss 28, 8; 29, 11 .

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