Psalm 83
Contemporary English Version

(A song and a psalm by Asaph.)

God Rules All the Earth

1Our God, don't just sit there,

silently doing nothing!

2Your hateful enemies

are turning against you

and rebelling.

3They are sly, and they plot

against those you treasure.

4They say, “Let's wipe out

the nation of Israel

and make sure that no one

remembers its name!”

5All of them fully agree

in their plans against you,

and among them are

6Edom and the Ishmaelites;

Moab and the Hagrites;

7Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;

Philistia and Phoenicia.+

8Even Assyria has joined forces

with Moab and Ammon.+

9 Our Lord, punish all of them

as you punished Midian.

Destroy them, as you destroyed

Sisera and Jabin

at Kishon Creek 10near Endor,

and let their bodies rot.

11 Treat their leaders as you did

Oreb and Zeeb,

Zebah and Zalmunna.

12All of them said, “We'll take

God's valuable land!”

13Our God, scatter them around

like dust in a whirlwind.

14Just as flames destroy forests

on the mountains,

15pursue and terrify them

with storms of your own.

16Make them blush with shame,

until they turn and worship

you, our Lord.

17Let them be forever ashamed

and confused.

Let them die in disgrace.

18Make them realize that you

are the Lord Most High,

the only ruler of earth!


83.7 Phoenicia: The Hebrew text has “Tyre,” the main city in Phoenicia.
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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