Psalm 83[a]

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not remain silent;(A)
    do not turn a deaf ear,
    do not stand aloof, O God.
See how your enemies growl,(B)
    how your foes rear their heads.(C)
With cunning they conspire(D) against your people;
    they plot against those you cherish.(E)
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy(F) them as a nation,(G)
    so that Israel’s name is remembered(H) no more.”

With one mind they plot together;(I)
    they form an alliance against you—
the tents of Edom(J) and the Ishmaelites,
    of Moab(K) and the Hagrites,(L)
Byblos,(M) Ammon(N) and Amalek,(O)
    Philistia,(P) with the people of Tyre.(Q)
Even Assyria(R) has joined them
    to reinforce Lot’s descendants.[b](S)

Do to them as you did to Midian,(T)
    as you did to Sisera(U) and Jabin(V) at the river Kishon,(W)
10 who perished at Endor(X)
    and became like dung(Y) on the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,(Z)
    all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,(AA)
12 who said, “Let us take possession(AB)
    of the pasturelands of God.”

13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
    like chaff(AC) before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest
    or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,(AD)
15 so pursue them with your tempest(AE)
    and terrify them with your storm.(AF)
16 Cover their faces with shame,(AG) Lord,
    so that they will seek your name.

17 May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;(AH)
    may they perish in disgrace.(AI)
18 Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord(AJ)
    that you alone are the Most High(AK) over all the earth.(AL)

Psalm 84[c]

For the director of music. According to gittith.[d] Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

How lovely is your dwelling place,(AM)
    Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns,(AN) even faints,
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
    for the living God.(AO)
Even the sparrow has found a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,(AP)
    Lord Almighty,(AQ) my King(AR) and my God.(AS)
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
    they are ever praising you.[e]

Blessed are those whose strength(AT) is in you,
    whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.(AU)
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
    they make it a place of springs;(AV)
    the autumn(AW) rains also cover it with pools.[f]
They go from strength to strength,(AX)
    till each appears(AY) before God in Zion.(AZ)

Hear my prayer,(BA) Lord God Almighty;
    listen to me, God of Jacob.
Look on our shield,[g](BB) O God;
    look with favor on your anointed one.(BC)

10 Better is one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper(BD) in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun(BE) and shield;(BF)
    the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold(BG)
    from those whose walk is blameless.

12 Lord Almighty,
    blessed(BH) is the one who trusts in you.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 83:1 In Hebrew texts 83:1-18 is numbered 83:2-19.
  2. Psalm 83:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  3. Psalm 84:1 In Hebrew texts 84:1-12 is numbered 84:2-13.
  4. Psalm 84:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  5. Psalm 84:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8.
  6. Psalm 84:6 Or blessings
  7. Psalm 84:9 Or sovereign