Psalms 83

Prayer against Enemies

1A song. A psalm of
Asaph: A musician appointed by David to oversee the music used in worship at the Temple; 12 psalms are attributed to Asaph.
Asaph. b

God, do not keep silent.
Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle. c
2 See how Your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate You have acted arrogantly.
Lit have lifted their head
3 They devise clever schemes against Your people;
they conspire against Your treasured ones. f
4 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation
so that Israel’s name will no longer be remembered.” g
5 For they have conspired with one mind;
they form an alliance
Lit they cut a covenant
against You i
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, j
Moab and the Hagrites, k
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, l
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre. m
8 Even Assyria has joined them;
they lend support
Lit they are an arm
to the sons of Lot.
= Moab and Edom
p ,
Selah: A Hebrew word whose meaning is uncertain; various interpretations include: (1) a musical notation, (2) a pause for silence, (3) a signal for worshipers to fall prostrate on the ground, (4) a term for the worshipers to call out, and (5) a word meaning "forever"


9 Deal with them as You did with Midian, r
as You did with Sisera
and Jabin at the Kishon River. s
10 They were destroyed at En-dor;
they became manure for the ground. t
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, u
and all their tribal leaders like Zebah and Zalmunna, v
12 who said, “Let us seize God’s pastures for ourselves.” w

13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
like straw before the wind. x
14 As fire burns a forest,
as a flame blazes through mountains, y
15 so pursue them with Your tempest
and terrify them with Your storm. z
16 Cover their faces with shame
so that they will seek Your name
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh. ab
17 Let them be put to shame and terrified forever;
let them perish in disgrace. ac
18 May they know that You alone
whose name is Yahweh
are the
Most High: The Hebrew word is Elyon. It is often used with other names of God, such as El (God) or Yahweh (Lord); it is used to refer to God as the supreme being.
Most High over all the earth. ae
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