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Psalm 76: A fearsome king

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God is here described as a famous and fearsome king, seemingly an almost earthly one at that: in verse 11 those that nations around Israel are told to pay a tribute: Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. This is a king who silences foes, disables their chariots and horses (for those who trust in them, pay attention), and ensures victory for his allies: There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. (v3) There is no hope for any who oppose him. As the king above all kings, battles are won before they begin. How foolish it is to bring a fight to him: The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. (v5)

1{To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.} In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
2In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
3There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
4Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
5The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
6At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
7Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
8Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
9When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
10Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
11Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

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