Psalms 66 Through 70 (AMPC) Posted on 14 Aug 00:00 , 0 comments

Psalm 66-70 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Psalm 66 To the Chief Musician. A song. A Psalm. 1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all the earth; 2 Sing forth the honor and glory of His name; make His praise glorious! 3 Say to God, How awesome and fearfully glorious are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power shall Your enemies submit themselves to You [with feigned and reluctant obedience]. 4 All the earth shall bow down to You and sing [praises] to You; they shall praise Your name in song. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 5 Come and see the works of God; see how [to save His people He smites their foes; He is] terrible in His doings toward the children of men. 6 He turned the sea into dry land, they crossed through the river on foot; there did we rejoice in Him. 7 He rules by His might forever, His eyes observe and keep watch over the nations; let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 8 Bless our God, O peoples, give Him grateful thanks and make the voice of His praise be heard, 9 Who put and kept us among the living, and has not allowed our feet to slip. 10 For You, O God, have proved us; You have tried us as silver is tried, refined, and purified. 11 You brought us into the net (the prison fortress, the dungeon); You laid a heavy burden upon our loins. 12 You caused men to ride over our heads [when we were prostrate]; we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air]. 13 I will come into Your house with burnt offerings [of entire consecration]; I will pay You my vows, 14 Which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in distress. 15 I will offer to You burnt offerings of fat lambs, with rams consumed in sweet-smelling smoke; I will offer bullocks and he-goats. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 16 Come and hear, all you who reverently and worshipfully fear God, and I will declare what He has done for me! 17 I cried aloud to Him; He was extolled and high praise was under my tongue. 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me; 19 But certainly God has heard me; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, Who has not rejected my prayer nor removed His mercy and loving-kindness from being [as it always is] with me. Psalm 67 To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm. A song. 1 God be merciful and gracious to us and bless us and cause His face to shine upon us and among us—Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!— 2 That Your way may be known upon earth, Your saving power (Your deliverances and Your salvation) among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You [turn away from their idols] and give thanks to You, O God; let all the peoples praise and give thanks to You. 4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You will judge the peoples fairly and guide, lead, or drive the nations upon earth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 5 Let the peoples praise You [turn away from their idols] and give thanks to You, O God; let all the peoples praise and give thanks to You! 6 The earth has yielded its harvest [in evidence of God’s approval]; God, even our own God, will bless us. 7 God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall reverently fear Him. Psalm 68 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A song. 1 God is [already] beginning to arise, and His enemies to scatter; let them also who hate Him flee before Him! 2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish before the presence of God. 3 But let the [uncompromisingly] righteous be glad; let them be in high spirits and glory before God, yes, let them [jubilantly] rejoice! 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name, cast up a highway for Him Who rides through the deserts—His name is the Lord—be in high spirits and glory before Him! 5 A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation. 6 God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell; He leads the prisoners out to prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a parched land. 7 O God, when You went forth before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness—Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!— 8 The earth trembled, the heavens also poured down [rain] at the presence of God; yonder Sinai quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 You, O God, did send a plentiful rain; You did restore and confirm Your heritage when it languished and was weary. 10 Your flock found a dwelling place in it; You, O God, in Your goodness did provide for the poor and needy. 11 The Lord gives the word [of power]; the women who bear and publish [the news] are a great host. 12 The kings of the enemies’ armies, they flee, they flee! She who tarries at home divides the spoil [left behind]. 13 Though you [the slackers] may lie among the sheepfolds [in slothful ease, yet for Israel] the wings of a dove are covered with silver, its pinions excessively green with gold [are trophies taken from the enemy]. 14 When the Almighty scattered kings in [the land], it was as when it snows on Zalmon [a wooded hill near Shechem]. 15 Is Mount Bashan the high mountain of summits, Mount Bashan [east of the Jordan] the mount of God? 16 Why do you look with grudging and envy, you many-peaked mountains, at the mountain [of the city called Zion] which God has desired for His dwelling place? Yes, the Lord will dwell in it forever. 17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands upon thousands. The Lord is among them as He was in Sinai, [so also] in the Holy Place (the sanctuary in Jerusalem). 18 [a]You have ascended on high. You have led away captive a train of vanquished foes; You have received gifts of men, yes, of the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell there with them. 19 Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God Who is our salvation! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 20 God is to us a God of deliverances and salvation; and to God the Lord belongs escape from death [setting us free]. 21 But God will shatter the heads of His enemies, the hairy scalp of such a one as goes on still in his trespasses and guilty ways. 22 The Lord said, I will bring back [your enemies] from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the [Red] Sea, 23 That you may crush them, dipping your foot in blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the foe. 24 They see Your goings, O God, even the [solemn processions] of my God, my King, into the sanctuary [in holiness]. 25 The singers go in front, the players on instruments last; between them the maidens are playing on tambourines. 26 Bless, give thanks, and gratefully praise God in full congregations, even the Lord, O you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel. 27 There is little Benjamin in the lead [in the procession], the princes of Judah and their company, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali. 28 Your God has commanded your strength [your might in His service and impenetrable hardness to temptation]; O God, display Your might and strengthen what You have wrought for us! 29 [Out of respect] for Your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bring gifts to You. 30 Rebuke the wild beasts dwelling among the reeds [in Egypt], the herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples; trample underfoot those who lust for tribute money; scatter the peoples who delight in war. 31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall hasten to stretch out her hands [with the offerings of submission] to God. 32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praises to the Lord! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 33 [Sing praises] to Him Who rides upon the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, He sends forth His voice, His mighty voice. 34 Ascribe power and strength to God; His majesty is over Israel, and His strength and might are in the skies. 35 O God, awe-inspiring, profoundly impressive, and terrible are You out of Your holy places; the God of Israel Himself gives strength and fullness of might to His people. Blessed be God! Psalm 69 To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Lilies.” [A Psalm] of David. 1 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck [they threaten my life]. 2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overwhelm me. 3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; my eyes fail with waiting [hopefully] for my God. 4 Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head; those who would cut me off and destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully, are many and mighty. I am [forced] to restore what I did not steal. 5 O God, You know my folly and blundering; my sins and my guilt are not hidden from You. 6 Let not those who wait and hope and look for You, O Lord of hosts, be put to shame through me; let not those who seek and inquire for and require You [as their vital necessity] be brought to confusion and dishonor through me, O God of Israel. 7 Because for Your sake I have borne taunt and reproach; confusion and shame have covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my brethren, and an alien to my mother’s children. 9 For zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches and insults of those who reproach and insult You have fallen upon me. 10 When I wept and humbled myself with fasting, I was jeered at and humiliated; 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword (an object of scorn) to them. 12 They who sit in [the city’s] gate talk about me, and I am the song of the drunkards. 13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord. At an acceptable and opportune time, O God, in the multitude of Your mercy and the abundance of Your loving-kindness hear me, and in the truth and faithfulness of Your salvation answer me. 14 Rescue me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me and from out of the deep waters. 15 Let not the floodwaters overflow and overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up nor the [dug] pit [with water perhaps in the bottom] close its mouth over me. 16 Hear and answer me, O Lord, for Your loving-kindness is sweet and comforting; according to Your plenteous tender mercy and steadfast love turn to me. 17 Hide not Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress; O answer me speedily! 18 Draw close to me and redeem me; ransom and set me free because of my enemies [lest they glory in my prolonged distress]! 19 You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor; my adversaries are all before You [fully known to You]. 20 Insults and reproach have broken my heart; I am full of heaviness and I am distressingly sick. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. 21 They gave me also gall [poisonous and bitter] for my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar (a soured wine) to drink. 22 Let their own table [with all its abundance and luxury] become a snare to them; and when they are secure in peace [or at their sacrificial feasts, let it become] a trap to them. 23 Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually [from terror, dismay, and feebleness]. 24 Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let the fierceness of Your burning anger catch up with them. 25 Let their habitation and their encampment be a desolation; let no one dwell in their tents. 26 For they pursue and persecute him whom You have smitten, and they gossip about those whom You have wounded, [adding] to their grief and pain. 27 Let one [unforgiven] perverseness and iniquity accumulate upon another for them [in Your book], and let them not come into Your righteousness or be justified and acquitted by You. 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living and the book of life and not be enrolled among the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright and in right standing with God). 29 But I am poor, sorrowful, and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high. 30 I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving, 31 And it will please the Lord better than an ox or a bullock that has horns and hoofs. 32 The humble shall see it and be glad; you who seek God, inquiring for and requiring Him [as your first need], let your hearts revive and live! 33 For the Lord hears the poor and needy and despises not His prisoners (His miserable and wounded ones). 34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; and [His servants] shall remain and dwell there and have it in their possession; 36 The children of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His name shall dwell in it. Psalm 70 To the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of David, to bring to remembrance or make memorial. 1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord! 2 Let them be put to shame and confounded that seek and demand my life; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion and dishonor who desire and delight in my hurt. 3 Let them be turned back and appalled because of their shame and disgrace who say, Aha, aha! 4 May all those who seek, inquire of and for You, and require You [as their vital need] rejoice and be glad in You; and may those who love Your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified! 5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my Help and my Deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry! Footnotes: Psalm 68:18 David sang of the ark of the covenant, which after a great victory was transferred or brought back to Zion. In this fact he sees the principle of the history of the kingdom of God appearing in ever-widening circles and nobler manner. The earthly celebration of victory in battle, with the processional bearing of the ark into the temple, is to him a type of the method and course of the Messiah’s kingdom, i.e., the certain triumph of God’s kingdom and Christ’s ascension to His place of enthronement. So the apostle Paul (in Eph. 4:8) is perfectly justified in finding the psalmist’s eye directed toward Christ, and so interpreting it. The “on high” in the psalm is first of all Mount Zion, but this is a type of heaven, as Paul makes clear (J.P. Lange, A Commentary). Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation