Psalms 83
A Request to Act against Israel’s Neighbors
A song. A psalm of Asaph.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1O God, do not rest silently.
Do not keep silent or be still, O God.
2For look, your enemies roar,
and those who hate you have lifted their head.
3They devise cunning schemes#Hebrew “scheme” against your people,
and consult together against your protected ones.#Or “your treasured ones”
4They say, “Come, let us annihilate them from being a nation,
so that the name of Israel will be remembered no more.”
5For they have consulted together with a unified purpose.#Literally “with a heart together”
They have made a covenant against you:
6the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
7Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the inhabitants of Tyre.
8Assyria also has joined with them.
They provide help#Literally “they have become an arm for” to the children of Lot. Selah
9Do to them as you did with Midian,
as with Sisera, as with Jabin at the wadi of Kishon.
10They were destroyed at En-dor;
they became dung for the ground.
11Make their leaders like Oreb and Zeeb,
and all their chiefs like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12who said, “Let us take as our possession
the pastures of God.”
13O my God, make them like the tumbleweed,
like the chaff before wind.
14As fire burns a forest,
and as a flame sets afire mountains,
15so pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your storm.
16Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O Yahweh.
17Let them be ashamed and terrified forever,
and let them be humiliated and perish
18that they may know that you,
whose name is Yahweh, you alone,
are the Most High over the whole earth.
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