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according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
Anglican Church in North America

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Psalm 68

Exsurgat Deus

1 Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered;*

let those who hate him also flee before him.

2 As the smoke vanishes, so shall you drive them away;*

and as wax melts before the fire, so let the ungodly perish before the presence of God.

3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;*

let them also be merry and joyful.

4 O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him who rides upon the heavens.*

The Lord is his Name; rejoice before him.

5 He is a father of the fatherless and defends the cause of the widows,*

God in his holy habitation.

6 He is the God who gives the solitary a home, and brings the prisoners out of captivity,*

but lets the rebellious dwell in a desert land.

7 O God, when you went forth before the people,*

when you went through the wilderness,

8 The earth shook, and the heavens poured forth rain at the presence of God,*

even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.

9 You, O God, sent a gracious rain upon your inheritance*

and refreshed the land when it was weary.

10 Your congregation found a dwelling there,*

for you, O God, of your goodness have provided for the poor.

11 The Lord gave the word;*

great was the company of those who proclaimed the tidings.

12 Kings with their armies fled, they fled,*

and the women at home divided the spoil.

13 Though you have lain among the sheepfolds,*

yet shall you be like the wings of a dove that are covered with silver, and whose feathers shine like gold.

14 When the Almighty scattered kings,*

it was as if it snowed in Zalmon.

15 As the hill of Bashan, so is God's hill,*

even a high hill, as the hill of Bashan.

16 Why look with envy, you high hills? This is God's hill, on which it pleases him to dwell;*

surely, the Lord will abide on it for ever.

17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels,*

and the Lord has come from Sinai into the holy place.

18 You have gone up on high; you have led captivity captive, and received gifts from men,*

even from your enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.

19 Praised be the Lord daily,*

even the God who helps us and pours his benefits upon us.

20 He is our God, the God from whom salvation comes;*

God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.

21 God shall wound the head of his enemies,*

and the hairy scalp of those who persist in their wickedness.

22 The Lord has said, "I will bring back my people again, as I did from Bashan;*

my own will I bring back again, as I did before from the depths of the sea,

23 That your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies,*

and that the tongues of your dogs may be red with blood."

24 Your solemn procession is seen, O God,*

how you go into the sanctuary, my God and King.

25 The singers go before, the musicians follow after;*

in the midst are the maidens playing the timbrels.

26 Give thanks unto God in the congregations,*

unto the Lord, the fountain of Israel.

27 There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their counsel,*

the princes of Zebulon, and the princes of Naphtali.

28 O God, send forth your strength;*

establish, O God, what you have wrought in us.

29 For your temple's sake at Jerusalem,*

kings shall bring presents unto you.

30 Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,*

a herd of bulls with their calves;

31 Rebuke the peoples who trample on those whom you have tried as silver,*

and scatter the peoples who delight in war.

32 Then shall they bring tribute out of Egypt;*

Ethiopia shall stretch out her hands unto God.

33 Sing unto God, O you kingdoms of the earth;*

O sing praises unto the Lord,

34 Unto God who sits in the heavens over all from the beginning;*

he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.

35 Ascribe power to God over Israel;*

his worship and strength are in the clouds.

36 O God, you are wonderful in your holy places;*

the God of Israel will give strength and power to his people. Blessed be God.

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