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A Prayer Against the Enemies
A song of Asaph.
1God, do not keep quiet.
God, do not be silent or still.
2Your enemies are making plans.
Those who hate you are getting ready to attack.
3They are making plans against your people.
They plan to hurt those you love.
4They say, “Come, let’s destroy them as a nation.
Then no one will remember the name ‘Israel’ anymore.”
5They are united in their plan.
These have made an agreement against you:
6the families of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
7the people of Byblos, Ammon, Amalek,
Philistia and Tyre.
8Even Assyria has joined them
to help Ammon and Moab, the descendants of Lot. Selah
9God, do to them what you did to Midian.
Do what you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
10They died at Endor.
Their bodies rotted on the ground.
11Do to their important leaders what you did to Oreb and Zeeb.
Do to their princes what you did to Zebah and Zalmunna.
12They said, “Let’s take for ourselves
the pasturelands that belong to God.”
13My God, make them like the tumbleweed,
like chaff blown away by the wind.
14Be like a fire that burns a forest
or like flames that blaze through the hills.
15Chase them with your storm.
Frighten them with your wind.
16Cover them with shame.
Then people will look for you, Lord.
17Make them afraid and ashamed forever.
Disgrace them and destroy them.
18Then they will know that you are the Lord.
They will know that only you are God Most High over all the earth.