82 God takes His stand in [a]His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the [b]rulers. 2 How long will you judge unjustly And show partiality to the wicked? [c]Selah. 3 Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
5 They do not know nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 [d]I said, “You are gods, And all of you are sons of the Most High. 7 “Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like anyone of the princes.” 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations.
God Implored to Confound His Enemies.
A Song, a Psalm of Asaph.
83 O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. 2 For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have [e]exalted themselves. 3 They make shrewd plans against Your people, And [f]conspire together against Your [g]treasured ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out [h]as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” 5 For they have [i]conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have become [j]a help to the children of Lot. [k]Selah.
9 Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent of Kishon, 10 Who were destroyed at En-dor, Who became as dung for the ground. 11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, 12 Who said, “Let us possess for ourselves The pastures of God.”
13 O my God, make them like the [l]whirling dust, Like chaff before the wind. 14 Like fire that burns the forest And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire, 15 So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm. 16 Fill their faces with dishonor, That they may seek Your name, O Lord. 17 Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, And let them be humiliated and perish, 18 That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth.
Longing for the Temple Worship.
For the choir director; [m]on the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
84 How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3 The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. 4 How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. [n]Selah.
5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In [o]whose heart are the highways to Zion! 6 Passing through the valley of [p]Baca they make it a [q]spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. 7 They go from strength to strength, [r]Every one of themappears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah. 9 Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed. 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold [s]from those who walk [t]uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!
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