Psalm 83

Words: Isaac Watts

Short Metre Tunes

A complaint against persecutors.
   1     And will the God of grace
         Perpetual silence keep?
      The God of justice hold his peace,
         And let his vengeance sleep?
   2     Behold, what cursed snares
         The men of mischief spread!
      The men that hate thy saints and thee
         Lift up their threat'ning head.
   3     Against thy hidden ones
         Their counsels they employ,
      And malice, with her watchful eye,
         Pursues them to destroy.
   4     The noble and the base
         Into thy pastures leap;
      The lion and the stupid ass
         Conspire to vex thy sheep.
   5     "Come, let us join," they cry,
         "To root them from the ground,
      Till not the name of saints remain,
         Nor mem'ry shall be found."
   6     Awake, Almighty God,
         And call thy wrath to mind;
      Give them like forests to the fire,
         Or stubble to the wind.
   7     Convince their madness, Lord,
         And make them seek thy name;
      Or else their stubborn rage confound,
         That they may die in shame.
   8     Then shall the nations know
         That glorious, dreadful word,
      Jehovah is thy name alone,
         And thou the soy'reign Lord.

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