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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book III
 
LXXXIII
 
God Implored to Confound His Enemies
 
 
A Song, a Psalm of Asaph.
 
 
[1]  O GOD, keep not thou silence:
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 take crafty counsel against thy people,
And consult together 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;
Against thee do they make a covenant:
[6]  The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab, and the Hagarenes; 1
[7]  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre:
[8]  Assyria also is joined with them;
They have helped 2 the children of Lot.  [Selah
[9]  Do thou unto them as unto Midian,
As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon;
[10]  Who perished at En-dor,
Who became as dung for the earth.
[11]  Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb;
Yea, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna;
[12]  Who said, Let us take to ourselves in possession
The habitations 3 of God.
[13]  O my God, make them like the whirling dust;
As stubble before the wind.
[14]  As the fire that burneth the forest,
And as the flame that setteth the mountains on fire,
[15]  So pursue them with thy tempest,
And terrify them with thy storm.
[16]  Fill their faces with confusion,
That they may seek thy name, O Jehovah.
[17]  Let them be put to shame and dismayed for ever;
Yea, let them be confounded and perish;
[18]  That they may know that thou 4 alone, whose name is Jehovah,
Art the Most High over all the earth.
 
Note 1. Or, Hagrites. See 1 Chr. 5. 10. [back]
Note 2. Heb. been an arm to the children of Lot. [back]
Note 3. Or, pastures. [back]
Note 4. Or, thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art &c. [back]
 

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