For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph. A song to be accompanied by stringed instruments.
1 God is honored in Judah;
his name is great in Israel.
2 Jerusalema is where he lives;
Mount Zion is his home.
3 There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy,
the shields and swords and weapons of war.
4 You are glorious and more majestic
than the everlasting mountains.b
5 Our boldest enemies have been plundered.
They lie before us in the sleep of death.
No warrior could lift a hand against us.
6 At the blast of your breath, O God of Jacob,
their horses and chariots lay still.
7 No wonder you are greatly feared!
Who can stand before you when your anger explodes?
8 From heaven you sentenced your enemies;
the earth trembled and stood silent before you.
9 You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God,
and to rescue the oppressed of the earth.
10 Human defiance only enhances your glory,
for you use it as a weapon.c
a. 76:2 Hebrew Salem, another name for Jerusalem.
b. 76:4 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads than mountains filled with beasts of prey.
c. 76:10 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.