83 Our God, don’t just sit there, silently doing nothing! 2 Your hateful enemies are turning against you and rebelling. 3 They are sly, and they plot against those you treasure. 4 They say, “Let’s wipe out the nation of Israel and make sure that no one remembers its name!”
5 All of them fully agree in their plans against you, and among them are 6 Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia and Phoenicia.[a] 8 Even Assyria has joined forces with Moab and Ammon.[b]
9 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!
83.7Phoenicia: The Hebrew text has “Tyre,” the main city in Phoenicia.
83.8Moab 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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