1 Hold not your peace, O God, do not keep silent; ♦
be not unmoved, O God;
2 For your enemies are in tumult ♦
and those who hate you lift up their heads.
3 They take secret counsel against your people ♦
and plot against those whom you treasure.
4 They say, ‘Come, let us destroy them as a nation, ♦
that the name of Israel be remembered no more.’
5 They have conspired together with one mind; ♦
they are in league against you:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, ♦
Moab and the Hagarenes,
7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, ♦
the Philistines and those who dwell in Tyre.
8 Ashur also has joined them ♦
and has lent a strong arm to the children of Lot.
9 Do to them as you did to Midian, ♦
to Sisera and to Jabin at the river of Kishon,
10 Who perished at Endor ♦
and became as dung for the earth.
11 Make their commanders like Oreb and Zeëb, ♦
and all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, ‘Let us take for ourselves ♦
the pastures of God as our possession.’
13 O my God, make them like thistledown, ♦
like chaff before the wind.
14 Like fire that consumes a forest, ♦
like the flame that sets mountains ablaze,
15 So drive them with your tempest ♦
and dismay them with your storm.
16 Cover their faces with shame, O Lord, ♦
that they may seek your name.
17 Let them be disgraced and dismayed for ever; ♦
let them be put to confusion and perish;
18 And they shall know that you, whose name is the Lord, ♦
are alone the Most High over all the earth.
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