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Psalm 83

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A complaint to God of the enemies' conspiracies.

A song. A Psalm by Asaph.

83:1 God, don’t keep silent.
Don’t keep silent,
and don’t be still, God.

83:2 For, behold, your enemies are stirred up.
Those who hate you have lifted up their heads.

83:3 They conspire with cunning against your people.
They plot against your cherished ones.

83:4 “Come,” they say, “and let’s destroy them as a nation,
that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

83:5 For they have conspired together with one mind.
They form an alliance against you.

83:6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab, and the Hagrites;

83:7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

83:8 Assyria also is joined with them.
They have helped the children of Lot.


A prayer against them that oppress the Church.

83:9 Do to them as you did to Midian,
as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon;

83:10 who perished at Endor,
who became as dung for the earth.

83:11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb;
yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna;

83:12 who said, “Let us take possession of God’s pasturelands.”

83:13 My God, make them like tumbleweed;
like chaff before the wind.

83:14 As the fire that burns the forest,
as the flame that sets the mountains on fire,

83:15 so pursue them with your tempest,
and terrify them with your storm.

83:16 Fill their faces with confusion,
that they may seek your name, Yahweh.

83:17 Let them be disappointed and dismayed forever.
Yes, let them be confounded and perish;

83:18 that they may know that you alone, whose name is Yahweh,
are the Most High over all the earth.

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