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(A song and a psalm by Asaph.)

God Rules All the Earth

83 Our God, don’t just sit there,
    silently doing nothing!
Your hateful enemies
are turning against you
    and rebelling.
They are sly, and they plot
    against those you treasure.
They say, “Let’s wipe out
    the nation of Israel
    and make sure that no one
    remembers its name!”

All of them fully agree
in their plans against you,
    and among them are
Edom and the Ishmaelites;
    Moab and the Hagrites;
    Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
    Philistia and Phoenicia.[a]
Even Assyria has joined forces
    with Moab and Ammon.[b]

Our Lord, punish all of them
    as you punished Midian.
Destroy them, as you destroyed
    Sisera and Jabin
    at Kishon Creek 10 near Endor,
    and let their bodies rot.
11 Treat their leaders as you did
    Oreb and Zeeb,
    Zebah and Zalmunna.
12 All of them said, “We’ll take
    God’s valuable land!”

13 Our God, scatter them around
    like dust in a whirlwind.
14 Just as flames destroy forests
    on the mountains,
15     pursue and terrify them
    with storms of your own.
16 Make them blush with shame,
    until they turn and worship
    you, our Lord.
17 Let them be forever ashamed
and confused.
    Let them die in disgrace.
18 Make them realize that you
are the Lord Most High,
    the only ruler of earth!

Footnotes

  1. 83.7 Phoenicia: The Hebrew text has “Tyre,” the main city in Phoenicia.
  2. 83.8 Moab and Ammon: The Hebrew text has “the descendants of Lot,” whose older daughter was the mother of the Moabites and whose younger daughter was the mother of the Ammonites (see Genesis 19.30-38).

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