Psalm 83
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Psalm 83

Prayer for Judgment on Israel’s Foes

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

1O God, do not keep silence;
    do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
2Even now your enemies are in tumult;
    those who hate you have raised their heads.
3They lay crafty plans against your people;
    they consult together against those you protect.
4They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
    let the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
5They conspire with one accord;
    against you they make a covenant—
6the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
    Moab and the Hagrites,
7Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
    Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8Assyria also has joined them;
    they are the strong arm of the children of Lot.Selah

9Do to them as you did to Midian,
    as to Sisera and Jabin at the Wadi Kishon,
10who were destroyed at En-dor,
    who became dung for the ground.
11Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
    all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12who said, “Let us take the pastures of God
    for our own possession.”

13O my God, make them like whirling dust,[a]
    like chaff before the wind.
14As fire consumes the forest,
    as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15so pursue them with your tempest
    and terrify them with your hurricane.
16Fill their faces with shame,
    so that they may seek your name, O Lord.
17Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
    let them perish in disgrace.
18Let them know that you alone,
    whose name is the Lord,
    are the Most High over all the earth.


  1. Psalm 83:13 Or a tumbleweed
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