Overview

Psalm 83 is a poignant plea for divine intervention in the face of national crisis. The psalmist lists Israel's adversaries who have conspired together to wipe out the nation. This is more than just a call for personal protection; it's a petition for God to vindicate His people and make His name known among the nations. By detailing the various enemies and asking for their downfall, the psalmist aims to direct God’s attention to the severity of the situation. The psalm concludes with an appeal to God's might and sovereignty, requesting that the enemies may know that God alone is the Most High over all the Earth. Overall, Psalm 83 captures the tension between human vulnerability and divine authority, emphasizing the need for God's decisive action.

Psalm 83

1  (A Song or Psalm of Asaph.) Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

2  For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3  They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

5  For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

6  The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

7  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8  Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

9  Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

10  Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.

11  Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:

12  Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.

13  O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

14  As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

15  So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.

16  Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.

17  Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

18  That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

End of Psalm 83


1 Year Plan:  Jul 19 - Neh 12, Neh 13,  Ps 82, Ps 83 [next day]

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