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Ps 83:1-18

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83

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

1O God, do not be silent!

Do not be deaf.

Do not be quiet, O God.

2Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies?

Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up?

3They devise crafty schemes against your people;

they conspire against your precious ones.

4“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation.

We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”

5Yes, this was their unanimous decision.

They signed a treaty as allies against you—

6these Edomites and Ishmaelites;

Moabites and Hagrites;

7Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites;

and people from Philistia and Tyre.

8Assyria has joined them, too,

and is allied with the descendants of Lot.

Interlude

9Do to them as you did to the Midianites

and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

10They were destroyed at Endor,

and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil.

11Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did.

Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,

12for they said, “Let us seize for our own use

these pasturelands of God!”

13O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed,

like chaff before the wind!

14As a fire burns a forest

and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,

15chase them with your fierce storm;

terrify them with your tempest.

16Utterly disgrace them

until they submit to your name, O Lord.

17Let them be ashamed and terrified forever.

Let them die in disgrace.

18Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord,

that you alone are the Most High,

supreme over all the earth.