Psalm 83
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A song. A Psalm of Asaph

A Plea for Judgment

1God, do not rest!

Don’t be silent!

Don’t stay inactive, God!

2See! Your enemies rage;

those who hate you issue threats.a

3They plot againstb your people

and conspire against your cherished ones.

4They say, “Let us go and erase them as a nation

so the name of Israel will not be remembered anymore.”

5Indeed, they shrewdly planned together,

forming an alliance against you—

6the tents of Edom, the Ishmaelites,

Moab, the Hagrites,

7Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia,

and the inhabitants of Tyre.

8Even Assyria joined them

to strengthen the descendants of Lot.


9Deal with them as you did to Midian,c

Sisera, and Jabin at the Kishon Brook.d

10They were destroyed at En-dor

and became as dung on the ground.

11Punish their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,e

and all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,f

12who said, “Let us possess the pastures of God.”

13God, set them up like dried thistles,

like straw before the wind.

14Like a fire burning a forest,

and a flame setting mountains ablaze.

15Pursue them with your storm and

terrify them with your whirlwind.

16Fill their faces with shame

until they seek your name, God.

17Let them be humiliated and terrified permanently

until they die in shame.g

18Then they will know that you alone—

whose name is LORD—

are the Most High over all the earth.

a 83:2 Lit. you lift their head
b 83:3 Lit. they make shrewd secret counsel
c 83:9 Cf. Judg 7:1-24
d 83:9 Cf. Judg 4:7, 15, 21-24
e 83:11 Cf. Judg 7:25
f 83:11 Cf. Judg 8:12, 21
g 83:17 Lit. they are abased and destroyed

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