Psalm 83

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Keep not, O God, we thee entreat,
       O keep not silence now:
     Do thou not hold thy peace, O God,
       and still no more be thou.
2    For, lo, thine enemies a noise
       tumultuously 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, let us cut them off, said they,
       from being a nation,
     That of the name of Isr'el may
       no more be mention.

5    For with joint heart they plot, in league
       against thee they combine.
6    The tents of Edom, Ishm'elites,
       Moab's and Hagar's line;
7    Gebal, and Ammon, Amalek,
       Philistines, those of Tyre;
8    And Assur join'd with them, to help
       Lot's children they conspire.

9    Do to them as to Midian,
       Jabin at Kison strand;
10   And Sis'ra, which at En-dor fell,
       as dung to fat the land.
11   Like Oreb and like Zeeb make
       their noble men to fall;
     Like Zeba and Zalmunna like,
       make thou their princes all;

12   Who said, For our possession
       let us God's houses take.
13   My God, them like a wheel, as chaff
       before the wind, them make.
14   As fire consumes the wood, as flame
       doth mountains set on fire,
15   Chase and affright them with the storm
       and tempest of thine ire.

16   Their faces fill with shame, O Lord,
       that they may seek thy name.
17   Let them confounded be, and vex'd,
       and perish in their shame:
18   That men may know that thou, to whom
       alone doth appertain
     The name Jehovah, dost most high
       o'er all the earth remain.

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