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He gives the lonely a home to live in
    and leads prisoners out into happy freedom,
    but rebels will have to live in a desolate land.

O God, when you led your people,
    when you marched across the desert,
(A)the earth shook, and the sky poured down rain,
    because of the coming of the God of Sinai,[a]
    the coming of the God of Israel.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 68:8 As the people of Israel went from Egypt to Canaan, God revealed himself to them at Mount Sinai (see Ex 19.16-25).

God sets the lonely(A) in families,[a](B)
    he leads out the prisoners(C) with singing;
    but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.(D)

When you, God, went out(E) before your people,
    when you marched through the wilderness,[b](F)
the earth shook,(G) the heavens poured down rain,(H)
    before God, the One of Sinai,(I)
    before God, the God of Israel.(J)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 68:6 Or the desolate in a homeland
  2. Psalm 68:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 19 and 32.

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