1 Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered; ♦
let those that hate him flee before him.
2 As the smoke vanishes, so may they vanish away; ♦
as wax melts at the fire,
so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; ♦
let them make merry with gladness.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
exalt him who rides on the clouds. ♦
The Lord is his name; rejoice before him.
5 Father of the fatherless, defender of widows, ♦
God in his holy habitation!
6 God gives the solitary a home
and brings forth prisoners to songs of welcome, ♦
but the rebellious inhabit a burning desert.
7 O God, when you went forth before your people, ♦
when you marched through the wilderness,
8 The earth shook and the heavens dropped down rain,
at the presence of God, the Lord of Sinai, ♦
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 You sent down a gracious rain, O God; ♦
you refreshed your inheritance when it was weary.
10 Your people came to dwell there; ♦
in your goodness, O God, you provide for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word;
great was the company of women who bore the tidings: ♦
‘Kings and their armies they flee, they flee!’
and women at home are dividing the spoil.
12 Though you stayed among the sheepfolds, ♦
see now a dove’s wings covered with silver
and its feathers with green gold.
13 When the Almighty scattered the kings, ♦
it was like snowflakes falling on Zalmon.
14 You mighty mountain, great mountain of Bashan! ♦
You towering mountain, great mountain of Bashan!
15 Why look with envy, you towering mountains,
at the mount which God has desired for his dwelling, ♦
the place where the Lord will dwell for ever?
16 The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
even thousands upon thousands; ♦
the Lord is among them, the Lord of Sinai in holy power.
17 You have gone up on high and led captivity captive; ♦
you have received tribute,
even from those who rebelled,
that you may reign as Lord and God.
18 Blessed be the Lord who bears our burdens day by day, ♦
for God is our salvation.
19 God is for us the God of our salvation; ♦
God is the Lord who can deliver from death.
20 God will smite the head of his enemies, ♦
the hairy scalp of those who walk in wickedness.
21 The Lord has said, ‘From the heights of Bashan, ♦
from the depths of the sea will I bring them back,
22 ‘Till you dip your foot in blood ♦
and the tongue of your dogs has a taste of your enemies.’
23 We see your solemn processions, O God, ♦
your processions into the sanctuary, my God and my King.
24 The singers go before, the musicians follow after, ♦
in the midst of maidens playing on timbrels.
25 In your companies, bless your God; ♦
bless the Lord, you that are of the fount of Israel.
26 At the head there is Benjamin, least of the tribes,
the princes of Judah in joyful company, ♦
the princes of Zebulun and Naphtali.
27 Send forth your strength, O God; ♦
establish, O God, what you have wrought in us.
28 For your temple’s sake in Jerusalem ♦
kings shall bring their gifts to you.
29 Drive back with your word the wild beast of the reeds, ♦
the herd of the bull-like, the brutish hordes.
30 Trample down those who lust after silver; ♦
scatter the peoples that delight in war.
31 Vessels of bronze shall be brought from Egypt; ♦
Ethiopia will stretch out her hands to God.
32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; ♦
make music in praise of the Lord;
33 He rides on the ancient heaven of heavens ♦
and sends forth his voice, a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe power to God, whose splendour is over Israel, ♦
whose power is above the clouds.
35 How terrible is God in his holy sanctuary, ♦
the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to his people!
Blessed be God.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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