A Prayer for the Defeat of Israel's Enemies#Ps 83 hebrew title: A psalm by Asaph; a song.
1O God, do not keep silent;
do not be still, do not be quiet!
2Look! Your enemies are in revolt,
and those who hate you are rebelling.
3They are making secret plans against your people;
they are plotting against those you protect.
4“Come,” they say, “let us destroy their nation,
so that Israel will be forgotten for ever.”
5They agree on their plan
and form an alliance against you:
6the people of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
the people of Moab and the Hagrites;
7the people of Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek,
and of Philistia and Tyre.
8Assyria has also joined them
as a strong ally of the Ammonites and Moabites, the descendants of Lot.
9 # Judg 4.6–22; 7.1–23 Do to them what you did to the Midianites,
and to Sisera and Jabin at the River Kishon.
10You defeated them at Endor,
and their bodies rotted on the ground.
11 # Judg 7.25; 8.12 Do to their leaders what you did to Oreb and Zeeb;
defeat all their rulers as you did Zebah and Zalmunna,
12who said, “We will take for our own
the land that belongs to God.”
13Scatter them like dust, O God,
like straw blown away by the wind.
14As fire burns the forest,
as flames set the hills on fire,
15chase them away with your storm
and terrify them with your fierce winds.
16Cover their faces with shame, O LORD,
and make them acknowledge your power.
17May they be defeated and terrified for ever;
may they die in complete disgrace.
18May they know that you alone are the LORD,
supreme ruler over all the earth.