O God, Do Not Keep Silence

Psalm 83

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

O God, do not keep silence;
h do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
2 For behold, your enemies i make an uproar;
those who hate you have j raised their heads.
3 They lay k crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against your l treasured ones.
4 They say, "Come, m let us wipe them out as a nation;
let the name of Israel be remembered no more!"
5 For they conspire with one accord;
against you they make a covenant -
6 the tents of n Edom and o the Ishmaelites,
p Moab and q the Hagrites,
7 r Gebal and p Ammon and s Amalek,
t Philistia with the inhabitants of u Tyre;
8 v Asshur also has joined them;
they are the strong arm of w the children of Lot. Selah

9 Do to them as you did to x Midian,
as to y Sisera and Jabin at z the river Kishon,
10 who were destroyed at a En-dor,
who became b dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like c Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like d Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, e "Let us take possession for ourselves
of the pastures of God."

13 O my God, make them like f whirling dust, 1
like g chaff before the wind.
14 As h fire consumes the forest,
as the flame i sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so may you pursue them j with your tempest
and terrify them with your hurricane!
16 k Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be l put to shame and dismayed forever;
let them perish in disgrace,
18 that they may m know that you alone,
n whose name is the Lord,
are o the Most High over all the earth.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 50:1
    The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 28:1
    To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 2:1
    Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
  4. Cross References
    Judges 8:28
    So Midian was subdued before the people of Israel, and they raised their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.
  5. Cross References
    Nehemiah 4:8
    And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 27:5
    For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
    Psalms 31:20
    In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
  7. Cross References
    Jeremiah 48:2
    The renown of Moab is no more. In Heshbon they planned disaster against her: 'Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!' You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you.
    Psalms 74:8
    They said to themselves, "We will utterly subdue them"; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
    Esther 3:6
    But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 137:7
    Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, "Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!
    2 Chronicles 20:10
    And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy -
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 25:12 - 16
    These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's servant, bore to Abraham.
  10. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 20:10
    And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy -
  11. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 5:10
    And in the days of Saul they waged war against the Hagrites, who fell into their hand. And they lived in their tents throughout all the region east of Gilead.
  12. Cross References
    Joshua 13:5
    And the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrise, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 83:6
    The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites.
  14. Cross References
    1 Samuel 15:2
    Thus says the Lord of hosts, 'I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt.
  15. Cross References
    1 Samuel 4:1
    And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek.
    Amos 1:6
    Thus says the Lord : "For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they carried into exile a whole people to deliver them up to Edom.
  16. Cross References
    Ezekiel 27:3
    And say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrances to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands, thus says the Lord God : "O Tyre, you have said, 'I am perfect in beauty.
    Amos 1:9
    Thus says the Lord : "For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because they delivered up a whole people to Edom, and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood.
  17. Cross References
    2 Kings 15:19
    Pul the king of Assyria came against the land, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that he might help him to confirm his hold on the royal power.
  18. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 2:9
    And the Lord said to me, 'Do not harass Moab or contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land for a possession, because I have given Ar to the people of Lot for a possession.
    Deuteronomy 2:19
    And when you approach the territory of the people of Ammon, do not harass them or contend with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the sons of Lot for a possession.
  19. Cross References
    Numbers 31:7
    They warred against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every male.
    Isaiah 9:4
    For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
  20. Cross References
    Judges 4:15
    And the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword. And Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on foot.
    Judges 4:24
    And the hand of the people of Israel pressed harder and harder against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
  21. Cross References
    Judges 4:7
    And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin's army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand'?
    Judges 5:21
    The torrent Kishon swept them away, the ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon. March on, my soul, with might!
  22. Cross References
    Joshua 17:11
    Also in Issachar and in Asher Manasseh had Beth-shean and its villages, and Ibleam and its villages, and the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its villages, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its villages, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages; the third is Naphath.
    1 Samuel 28:7
    Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.
  23. Cross References
    Job 20:7
    He will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?
  24. Cross References
    Judges 7:25
    And they captured the two princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they killed at the winepress of Zeeb. Then they pursued Midian, and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon across the Jordan.
    Judges 8:3
    God has given into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. What have I been able to do in comparison with you?" Then their anger against him subsided when he said this.
  25. Cross References
    Judges 8:5 - 21
    So he said to the men of Succoth, "Please give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.
  26. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 20:11
    Behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit.
  27. Cross References
    Isaiah 17:13
    The nations roar like the roaring of many waters, but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far away, chased like chaff on the mountains before the wind and whirling dust before the storm.
  28. Cross References
    Job 13:25
    Will you frighten a driven leaf and pursue dry chaff?
    Job 21:18
    That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away?
    Psalms 1:4
    The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
  29. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:18
    For wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns; it kindles the thickets of the forest, and they roll upward in a column of smoke.
    Isaiah 10:16 - 19
    Therefore the Lord God of hosts will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors, and under his glory a burning will be kindled, like the burning of fire.
  30. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:22
    For a fire is kindled by my anger, and it burns to the depths of Sheol, devours the earth and its increase, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
  31. Cross References
    Job 9:17
    For he crushes me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause.
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 35:4
    Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!
    Psalms 35:26
    Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me!
    Job 10:15
    If I am guilty, woe to me! If I am in the right, I cannot lift up my head, for I am filled with disgrace and look on my affliction.
  33. Cross References
    Psalms 35:4
    Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!
  34. Cross References
    Psalms 59:13
    Consume them in wrath; consume them till they are no more, that they may know that God rules over Jacob to the ends of the earth. Selah
  35. Cross References
    Exodus 6:3
    I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them.
  36. Cross References
    Psalms 9:2
    I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
    Psalms 18:13
    The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.
    Psalms 97:9
    For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
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