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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 83: Lord, deal with our enemies


A song. A psalm of Asaph.


[Preliminary Comments: Although using specific past enemies as examples [v.9-12], the present psalm does not state specifically who their present enemies are until verses 6-8. The psalmist calls on the Lord to hear them [v.1] and to take note of their enemies who are plotting against them [v.2-5] and then deal with them [v.13-15], bringing them shame and disgrace [v.16-18] in their defeat by Him [implied]. A psalm of deliverance from enemies.]



v.1 A call for the Lord's attention


v.1 O God, do not remain silent;
     do not turn a deaf ear,
     do not stand aloof, O God.

v.2-5 Request to note the enemy plotting against His people


v.2  See how your enemies growl,
     how your foes rear their heads.
v.3  With cunning they conspire against your people;
     they plot against those you cherish.
v.4  ‘Come,' they say, ‘let us destroy them as a nation,
     so that Israel's name is remembered no more.'

v.5  With one mind they plot together;
     they form an alliance against you –

v.6-8 The specific enemy identified


v.6  the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
     of Moab and the Hagrites,
v.7  Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
     Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
v.8  Even Assyria has joined them
     to reinforce Lot's descendants.


v.9-12 Destroy them as you did of the Midianites of old


v.9  Do to them as you did to Midian,
     as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the River Kishon,
v.10  who perished at Endor
     and became like dung on the ground.
v.11  Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
     all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
v.12  who said, ‘Let us take possession
     of the pasture-lands of God.'


v.13-15 Blow them away, burn them up, chase them away


v.13  Make them like tumble-weed, my God,
     like chaff before the wind.
v.14  As fire consumes the forest
     or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
v.15  so pursue them with your tempest
     and terrify them with your storm.

v.16-18 Bring on them the shame they deserve so they know you are the Lord


v.16  Cover their faces with shame, Lord ,
     so that they will seek your name.

v.17  May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
     may they perish in disgrace.
v.18  Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord  –
     that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.



[Additional Comments: A straight-forward, simple psalm of deliverance that reminds us of the various enemies Israel suffered



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