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Psalm 83

Prayer to Frustrate Conspiracy Against Israel

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Do anot keep silent, O God!

Do not hold Your peace,

And do not be still, O God!

2 For behold, bYour enemies make a 1tumult;

And those who hate You have 2lifted up their head.

3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,

And consulted together cagainst Your sheltered ones.

4 They have said, “Come, and dlet us cut them off from being a nation,

That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

5 For they have consulted together with one 3consent;

They 4form a confederacy against You:

6 eThe tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;

Moab and the Hagrites;

7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;

Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8 Assyria also has joined with them;

They have helped the children of Lot.


9 Deal with them as with fMidian,

As with gSisera,

As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,

10 Who perished at En Dor,

hWho became as refuse on the earth.

11 Make their nobles like iOreb and like Zeeb,

Yes, all their princes like jZebah and Zalmunna,

12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves

The pastures of God for a possession.”

13 kO my God, make them like the whirling dust,

lLike the chaff before the wind!

14 As the fire burns the woods,

And as the flame msets the mountains on fire,

15 So pursue them with Your tempest,

And frighten them with Your storm.

16 Fill their faces with shame,

That they may seek Your name, O Lord.

17 Let them be 5confounded and dismayed forever;

Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,

18 nThat they may know that You, whose oname alone is the Lord,

Are pthe Most High over all the earth.


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