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Psalm 83 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 83

Surrounded by Enemies

A song. A psalm by Asaph.

Opening Plea

God, do not keep silent.
Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, God.

A Catalog of Enemies

Look! Your enemies are in an uproar,
and those who hate you have raised their head.
Against your people they devise deceptive schemes,
and they plot together against the people you treasure.
They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation,
so the name of Israel will not be remembered anymore.”
Indeed, with one mind they plot together.
They form an alliance against you—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal[a] and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the inhabitants of Tyre.
Even Ashshur has joined with them.
They have become the arm of the sons of Lot.[b] Interlude

Prayer for Destruction of the Enemies

Do to them as you did to Midian,
as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the stream Kishon.
10 They perished at Endor.
They became like manure for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take possession of God’s pastures for ourselves.”
13 My God, make them like tumbleweed,
like chaff before the wind.
14 As fire burns the forest,
or as a flame sets the mountains on fire,
15 so pursue them with your violent wind,
and terrify them with your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame
so that they will seek your name, O Lord.
17 May they be ashamed and terrified forever.
May they be disgraced and perish.
18 Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord,
you alone are the Most High over all the earth.


  1. Psalm 83:7 Also called Byblos
  2. Psalm 83:8 The Moabites and Ammonites
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.


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