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Psalm 83


[Recommended tunes: St Neot, Wigtown]


A Song or Psalm of Asaph.


1Keep not, O God, we thee entreat,

O keep not silence now:

Do thou not hold thy peace, O God,

and still no more be thou.

2For, lo, thine enemies a noise

tumultuously have made;

And they that haters are of thee

have lifted up the head.


3Against thy chosen people they

do crafty counsel take;

And they against thy hidden ones

do consultations make.

4Come, let us cut them off, said they,

from being a nation,

That of the name of Isr'el may

no more be mention.


5For with joint heart they plot, in league

against thee they combine.

6The tents of Edom, Ishm'elites,

Moab 's and Hagar's line;

7Gebal, and Ammon, Amalek,

Philistines, those of Tyre ;

8And Assur join'd with them, to help

Lot's children they conspire.


9Do to them as to Midian,

Jabin at Kison strand;

10And Sis'ra, which at En-dor fell,

as dung to fat the land.

11Like Oreb and like Zeeb make

their noble men to fall;

Like Zeba and Zalmunna like,

make thou their princes all;


12Who said, For our possession

let us God's houses take.

13My God, them like a wheel, as chaff

before the wind, them make.

14As fire consumes the wood, as flame

doth mountains set on fire,

15Chase and affright them with the storm

and tempest of thine ire.


16Their faces fill with shame, O Lord,

that they may seek thy name.

17Let them confounded be, and vex'd,

and perish in their shame:

18That men may know that thou, to whom

alone doth appertain

The name Jehovah, dost most high

o'er all the earth remain.


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