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Psalm 83

Prayer for Judgment on Israel’s Foes

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

1

O God, do not keep silence;

do not hold your peace or be still, O God!

2

Even now your enemies are in tumult;

those who hate you have raised their heads.

3

They lay crafty plans against your people;

they consult together against those you protect.

4

They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;

let the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

5

They conspire with one accord;

against you they make a covenant—

6

the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,

Moab and the Hagrites,

7

Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,

Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8

Assyria also has joined them;

they are the strong arm of the children of Lot.Selah

 

9

Do to them as you did to Midian,

as to Sisera and Jabin at the Wadi Kishon,

10

who were destroyed at En-dor,

who became dung for the ground.

11

Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,

all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

12

who said, “Let us take the pastures of God

for our own possession.”

 

13

O my God, make them like whirling dust,

like chaff before the wind.

14

As fire consumes the forest,

as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,

15

so pursue them with your tempest

and terrify them with your hurricane.

16

Fill their faces with shame,

so that they may seek your name, O Lord.

17

Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;

let them perish in disgrace.

18

Let them know that you alone,

whose name is the Lord,

are the Most High over all the earth.


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Verses 1–8

Sometimes God seems not to be concerned at the unjust treatment of his people. But then we may call upon him, as the psalmist here. All wicked people are God's enemies, especially wicked persecutors. The Lord's people are his hidden one; the world knows them not. He takes them under his special protection. Do the enemies of the church act with one consent to destroy it, and shall not the friends of the church be united? Wicked men wish that there might be no religion among mankind. They would gladly see all its restraints shaken off, and all that preach, profess, or practise it, cut off. This they would bring to pass if it were in their power. The enemies of God's church have always been many: this magnifies the power of the Lord in preserving to himself a church in the world.

Verses 9–18

All who oppose the kingdom of Christ may here read their doom. God is the same still that ever he was; the same to his people, and the same against his and their enemies. God would make their enemies like a wheel; unsettled in all their counsels and resolves. Not only let them be driven away as stubble, but burnt as stubble. And this will be the end of wicked men. Let them be made to fear thy name, and perhaps that will bring them to seek thy name. We should desire no confusion to our enemies and persecutors but what may forward their conversion. The stormy tempest of Divine vengeance will overtake them, unless they repent and seek the pardoning mercy of their offended Lord. God's triumphs over his enemies, clearly prove that he is, according to his name JEHOVAH, an almighty Being, who has all power and perfection in himself. May we fear his wrath, and yield ourselves to be his willing servants. And let us seek deliverance by the destruction of our fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.




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