Psalm 83

Words: The Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church of North America, 1887 ed.

Common Metre Tunes

   1  Keep not, O God, we thee entreat,
         O keep not silence now:
      Hold not thy peace, O mighty God,
         And still no more be thou.
   2  For lo! what tumults, in their rage,
         Thy enemies have made!
      And they that haters are of thee
         Have lifted up the head.
   3  Against thy chosen people they
         Do crafty counsel take;
      And they against thy hidden ones
         Do consultations make.
   4  Come on, we'll cut their nation off,
         We'll blot them out, said they;
      And thus shall Isr'el's race and name
         From mem'ry pass away.
   5  With one consent they have conspired,
         Against thee they combined;
      With Edom's tents, the Ishma'lites,
         With Moab, Hagar joined.
   6  Gebal, and Ammon, Amalek,
         Philistia, those of Tyre,
      And Assnr joined with them; to help
         Lot's children they conspire.
   7  To them as unto Midian do,
         Jabin at Kison strand;
      And Sis'ra, which at Endor fell,
         To fertilize the land.
   8  Like Oreb and like Zeeb make
         Their noble men to fall;
      Like Zeba and Zalmunna make
         Their noble princes all:
   9  Who said, For our inheritance
         Let us God's houses take.
      My God, them like a wheel, as chaff
         Before the wind, them make.
  10  As fire consumes the wood, as flame
         Doth mountains set on fire,
      O chase and frighten them with storm
         And tempest of thine ire.
  11  With shame their faces fill, O Lord,
         That they may seek thy name.
      Let them confounded be, and vexed,
         Yea, perish in their shame:
  12  That men may know, that thou, whose name
         Jehovah is alone,
      As God Most High, o'er all the earth,
         Art seated on thy throne.

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