Psalm 68:1
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For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song. May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.

King James Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
{To the chief Musician. Of David. A Psalm: a Song.} Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered, and let them that hate him flee before him.

World English Bible
Let God arise! Let his enemies be scattered! Let them who hate him also flee before him.

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm, a song of David. Rise doth God -- scattered are His enemies! And those hating Him flee from His face.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Let God arise - This was sung when the Levites took up the ark upon their shoulders; see Numbers 10:35-36 (note), and the notes there.

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A.M.

2962 B.C.

1042 (Title.) This magnificent and truly sublime ode is supposed, with much probability, to have been composed by David, and sung at the removal of the ark from Kirjath-jearim

God arise

Psalm 7:6,7 Arise, O LORD, in your anger, lift up yourself because of the rage of my enemies...

Psalm 44:26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for your mercies' sake.

Psalm 78:65-68 Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouts by reason of wine...

Psalm 132:8,9 Arise, O LORD, into your rest; you, and the ark of your strength...

Numbers 10:35 And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let your enemies be scattered...

2 Chronicles 6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into your resting place, you, and the ark of your strength: let your priests, O LORD God...

Isaiah 33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of yourself the nations were scattered.

Isaiah 42:13,14 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yes, roar...

Isaiah 51:9,10 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old...

be scattered

Psalm 68:14,30 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon...

Psalm 59:11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by your power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

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Isaiah 41:15,16 Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shall thresh the mountains, and beat them small...

Ezekiel 5:2 You shall burn with fire a third part in the middle of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled...

Ezekiel 12:14,15 And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them...

Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together...

that hate

Psalm 21:8 Your hand shall find out all your enemies: your right hand shall find out those that hate you.

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God...

Deuteronomy 7:10 And repays them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hates him...

John 14:23,24 Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come to him...

before him [heb.] from his face

Library
The Burden-Bearing God
'Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits.'--(A.V.). 'Blessed be the Lord, who daily beareth our burden.' --PSALM lxviii. 19 (R.V.). The difference between these two renderings seems to be remarkable, and a person ignorant of any language but our own might find it hard to understand how any one sentence was susceptible of both. But the explanation is extremely simple. The important words in the Authorised Version, 'with benefits,' are a supplement, having nothing to represent them
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Rejoicing Before God.
(Preached on the Anniversary of the Battle of Leipsic, October 18th, 1818.) TEXT: PSALM lxviii. 3, 4. ANY one who had heard our last hymn without knowing the occasion of to-day's festival might suppose that we seemed more like entering on a day of supplication in regard to the future, than on what it really is, a day of thankful remembrance of the great and divine deliverance wrought for us in the immediate past. But can we, or ought we, to separate these? God's kindness and grace always anticipate
Friedrich Schleiermacher—Selected Sermons of Schleiermacher

Of the Three Woe Trumpets.
There still remain three trumpets, the greatest and most grievous of all, and therefore discriminated from the former by the appellation of Woes. For after the conclusion of the fourth trumpet, "I saw and heard," says he, "an angel flying in the midst of heaven, and saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth, by reason of the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels, which are yet to sound." Also, c. ix. v. 12, and c. xi. v. 14. Doubtless, since the Christian
Joseph Mede—A Key to the Apocalypse

Letter Xlii to the Illustrious Youth, Geoffrey De Perrone, and his Comrades.
To the Illustrious Youth, Geoffrey de Perrone, and His Comrades. He pronounces the youths noble because they purpose to lead the religious life, and exhorts them to perseverance. To his beloved sons, Geoffrey and his companions, Bernard, called Abbot of Clairvaux, wishes the spirit of counsel and strength. 1. The news of your conversion that has got abroad is edifying many, nay, is making glad the whole Church of God, so that The heavens rejoice and the earth is glad (Ps. xcvi. 11), and every tongue
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
Numbers 10:35
Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, "Rise up, LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you."

Psalm 12:5
"Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD. "I will protect them from those who malign them."

Psalm 89:10
You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.

Psalm 92:9
For surely your enemies, LORD, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.

Psalm 132:8
Arise, LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.

Jeremiah 46:15
Why will your warriors be laid low? They cannot stand, for the LORD will push them down.

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