Psalm 83

Enemies had surrounded Judah to crush her. Asaph asks God to muster his power to destroy them, as he had done in the days of old.

 


 

SURROUNDED BY ENEMIES

A song. A Psalm by Asaph.

 

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

Don’t keep silent. Concerning the current crisis, God has not yet spoken or acted.

 

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

 

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

 

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

let’s destroy them as a nation. For millennia, this desire has persisted:

  • In 589 BC, Nebuchadnezzar II laid siege to Jerusalem, culminating in the destruction of the city and the temple in the summer of 587 BC.
  • In 70 AD, the Roman Empire besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem, sacked the city, and destroyed the temple.
  • In the 1930s and 1940s, Adolf Hitler led Germany to kill about 6 million Jews.

 

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

 

VERSE 6. The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites;

 

VERSE 7. Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

 

VERSE 8. Assyria also is joined with them. They have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

the children of Lot. That is, the Moabites and Ammonites.

 

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

 

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

became as dung for the earth. That is, their decaying corpses became fertilizer for the soil

 

VERSE 11. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb; yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna;

 

VERSE 12. who said, “Let’s take possession of God’s pasture lands.”

 

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

 

VERSE 14. As the fire that burns the forest, as the flame that sets the mountains on fire,

 

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

 

VERSE 16. Fill their faces with confusion, that they may seek your name, LORD.

 

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

 

VERSE 18. that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.

 


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