To the chief music-maker. Of David. A
Psalm. A Song.
Let God be seen, and let his haters be
put to flight; let those who are against him be turned back
Let them be like smoke before the driving
wind; as wax turning soft before the fire, so let them come
to an end before the power of God.
But let the upright be glad; let them have
delight before God; let them be full of joy.
Make songs to God, make songs of praise to
his name; make a way for him who comes through the waste
lands; his name is Jah; be glad before him.
A father to those who have no father, a
judge of the widows, is God in his holy place.
Those who are without friends, God puts in
families; he makes free those who are in chains; but those
who are turned away from him are given a dry land.
O God, when you went out before your
people, wandering through the waste land; (Selah.)
The earth was shaking and the heavens were
streaming, because God was present; even Sinai itself was
moved before God, the God of Israel.
You, O God, did freely send the rain,
giving strength to the weariness of your heritage.
Those whose resting-place was there, even
the poor, were comforted by your good things, O God.
The Lord gives the word; great is the
number of the women who make it public.
Kings of armies quickly go in flight: and
the women in the houses make a division of their goods.
Will you take your rest among the flocks?
like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and its
feathers with yellow gold.
When the Most High put the kings to
flight, it was as white as snow in Salmon.
A hill of God is the hill of Bashan; a
hill with high tops is the hill of Bashan.
Why are you looking with envy, you high
hills, on the hill desired by God as his resting-place?
truly, God will make it his house for ever.
The war-carriage of God is among Israel's
thousands; the Lord has come from Sinai to the holy place.
You have gone up on high, taking your
prisoners with you; you have taken offerings from men; the
Lord God has taken his place on the seat of his power.
Praise be to the Lord, who is our support
day by day, even the God of our salvation. (Selah.)
Our God is for us a God of salvation; his
are the ways out of death.
The heads of the haters of God will be
crushed; even the head of him who still goes on in his evil
The Lord said, I will make them come back from Bashan, and
from the deep parts of the sea;
So that your foot may be red with blood,
and the tongues of your dogs with the same.
We see your going, O God: even the going
of my God, my King, into the holy place.
The makers of songs go before, the
players of music come after, among the young girls playing
on brass instruments.
Give praise to God in the great meeting;
even the Lord, you who come from the fountain of Israel.
There is little Benjamin ruling them, the
chiefs of Judah and their army, the rulers of Zebulun and
the rulers of Naphtali.
O God, send out your strength; the
strength, O God, with which you have done great things for
Out of your Temple in Jerusalem.
Say sharp words to the beast among the
water-plants, the band of strong ones, with the lords of the
peoples, put an end to the people whose delight is in war.
Kings will give you offerings, they will
come out of Egypt; from Pathros will come offerings of
silver; Ethiopia will be stretching out her hands to God.
Make songs to God, you kingdoms of the
earth; O make songs of praise to the Lord; (Selah.)
To him who goes or the clouds of heaven,
the heaven which was from earliest times; he sends out his
voice of power.
Make clear that strength is God's: he is
lifted up over Israel, and his power is in the clouds.
O God, you are to be feared in your holy
place: the God of Israel gives strength and power to his
people. Praise be to God.