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O God, Do Not Be Quiet

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

83 O God, (A)do not remain at rest;
(B)Do not be silent and, O God, do not be quiet.
For behold, Your enemies (C)roar,
And (D)those who hate You have (E)lifted up their heads.
They (F)make shrewd plans against Your people,
And [a]conspire together against (G)Your [b]treasured ones.
They have said, “Come, and (H)let us wipe them out [c]as a nation,
That the (I)name of Israel be remembered no more.”
For they have [d](J)conspired together with one heart;
Against You they cut a covenant:
The tents of (K)Edom and the (L)Ishmaelites,
(M)Moab and the (N)Hagrites;
(O)Gebal and (P)Ammon and (Q)Amalek,
(R)Philistia with the inhabitants of (S)Tyre;
(T)Assyria also has joined with them;
They have become [e]the power of the (U)children of Lot. [f]Selah.

Do to them (V)as to Midian,
As (W)to Sisera, and Jabin at the river of Kishon,
10 Who were destroyed at En-dor,
Who (X)were as dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like (Y)Oreb and Zeeb
And all their princes like (Z)Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, “(AA)Let us possess for ourselves
The (AB)pastures of God.”

13 O my God, make them like the [g](AC)whirling dust,
Like (AD)chaff before the wind.
14 Like (AE)fire that burns the forest
And like a flame that (AF)burns up the mountains,
15 So pursue them (AG)with Your tempest
And dismay them with Your storm.
16 (AH)Fill their faces with disgrace,
That they may seek Your name, O Yahweh.
17 Let them be (AI)ashamed and dismayed forever,
And let them be humiliated and perish,
18 That they may (AJ)know that (AK)You alone—Your name is Yahweh—
Are the (AL)Most High over all the earth.


  1. Psalm 83:3 Or consult
  2. Psalm 83:3 Or hidden ones
  3. Psalm 83:4 Lit from
  4. Psalm 83:5 Or consulted
  5. Psalm 83:8 Lit an arm
  6. Psalm 83:8 Selah may mean Pause, Crescendo, Musical Interlude
  7. Psalm 83:13 Or tumbleweed