O God, Do Not Keep Silence

Psalm 83

1 Do a not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!
2 For behold, b Your enemies make a 1 tumult;
And those who hate You have 2 lifted up their head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together c against Your sheltered ones.
4 They have said, "Come, and d let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more."
5 For they have consulted together with one 3 consent;
They 4 form a confederacy against You:
6 e The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot. Selah

9 Deal with them as with f Midian,
As with g Sisera,
As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 Who perished at En Dor,
h Who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like i Oreb and like Zeeb,
Yes, all their princes like j Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, "Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession."

13 k O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
l Like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods,
And as the flame m sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest,
And frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame,
That they may seek Your name, O LORD.
17 Let them be 5 confounded and dismayed forever;
Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 n That they may know that You, whose o name alone is the LORD,
Are p the Most High over all the earth.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 28:1
    To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: Do not be silent to me, Lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 81:15
    The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to Him, But their fate would endure forever.
    Isaiah 17:12
    Woe to the multitude of many people Who make a noise like the roar of the seas, And to the rushing of nations That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
    Acts 4:25
    Who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 27:5
    For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
  4. Cross References
    Esther 3:6
    But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus - the people of Mordecai.
    Esther 3:9
    "If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king's treasuries."
    Jeremiah 11:19
    But I was like a docile lamb brought to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised schemes against me, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be remembered no more.
    Jeremiah 31:36
    "If those ordinances depart From before Me, says the LORD, Then the seed of Israel shall also cease From being a nation before Me forever."
  5. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 20:1
    It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat.
    2 Chronicles 20:10
    And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir - whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them -
    2 Chronicles 11:1
    Now when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled from the house of Judah and Benjamin one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.
  6. Cross References
    Numbers 31:7
    And they warred against the Midianites, just as the LORD commanded Moses, and they killed all the males.
    Judges 7:22
    When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the LORD set every man's sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.
  7. Cross References
    Judges 4:15 - 24
    And the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot.
    Judges 5:20
    They fought from the heavens; The stars from their courses fought against Sisera.
    Judges 5:21
    The torrent of Kishon swept them away, That ancient torrent, the torrent of Kishon. O my soul, march on in strength!
  8. Cross References
    Zephaniah 1:17
    "I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the LORD; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse."
  9. Cross References
    Judges 7:25
    And they captured two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they killed at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued Midian and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side of the Jordan.
  10. Cross References
    Judges 8:12 - 21
    When Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued them; and he took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and routed the whole army.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 17:13
    The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away, And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
  12. Cross References
    Job 21:18
    They are like straw before the wind, And like chaff that a storm carries away.
    Psalms 35:5
    Let them be like chaff before the wind, And let the angel of the LORD chase them.
    Isaiah 40:24
    Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.
    Jeremiah 13:24
    Therefore I will scatter them like stubble That passes away by the wind of the wilderness.
  13. Cross References
    Exodus 19:18
    Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.
    Deuteronomy 32:22
    For a fire is kindled in My anger, And shall burn to the lowest hell; It shall consume the earth with her increase, And set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 59:13
    Consume them in wrath, consume them, That they may not be; And let them know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth. Selah
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 6:3
    I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name LORD I was not known to them.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 92:8
    But You, LORD, are on high forevermore.
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