Psalms 83
(A song and a psalm by Asaph.)
God rules all the earth
1Our God, don't just sit there,
silently doing nothing!
2Your hateful enemies
are turning against you
and rebelling.
3They are sly, and they plot
against those you treasure.
4They say, “Let's wipe out
the nation of Israel
and make sure that no one
remembers its name!”
5All of them fully agree
in their plans against you,
and among them are
6Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
7Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia and Phoenicia.#83.7 Phoenicia: The Hebrew text has “Tyre”, the main city in Phoenicia.
8Even Assyria has joined forces
with Moab and Ammon.#83.8 Moab and Ammon: The Hebrew text has “the descendants of Lot”, whose elder daughter was the mother of the Moabites and whose younger daughter was the mother of the Ammonites (see Genesis 19.30-38).
9Our Lord, punish all of them#Jg 7.1-23; Jg 4.6-22.
as you punished Midian.
Destroy them, as you destroyed
Sisera and Jabin
at Kishon Creek 10near Endor,
and let their bodies rot.
11Treat their leaders as you did#Jg 7.25; Jg 8.12.
Oreb and Zeeb,
Zebah and Zalmunna.
12All of them said, “We'll take
God's valuable land!”
13Our God, scatter them around
like dust in a whirlwind.
14Just as flames destroy forests
on the mountains,
15pursue and terrify them
with storms of your own.
16Make them blush with shame,
until they turn and worship
you, our LORD.
17Let them be for ever ashamed
and confused.
Let them die in disgrace.
18Make them realize that you
are the LORD Most High,
the only ruler of earth!