The psalmist describes God’s enemies and asks him to destroy them.
The psalmist petitions God: “Deal with them as You did with Midian, with Sisera, with Jabin, at the brook Kishon — who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the field.” (vv. 10-11)
III. Select Verses
2-9: O God, do not be silent; do not hold aloof; do not be quiet, O God! For Your enemies rage, Your foes assert themselves. They plot craftily against Your people, take counsel against Your treasured ones. They say, “Let us wipe them out as a nation; Israel’s name will be mentioned no more.” Unanimous in their counsel they have made an alliance against You — the clans of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria too joins forces with them; they give support to the sons of Lot. Selah.
10-12: Deal with them as You did with Midian, with Sisera, with Jabin, at the brook Kishon — who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the field.
17-18: Cover their faces with shame so that they seek Your name, O LORD. May they be frustrated and terrified, disgraced and doomed forever.
19: May they know that Your name, Yours alone, is the LORD, supreme over all the earth.
2. Invocation, introductory petition
17b. Anticipated praise
19. Anticipated praise
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
Tate, Marvin. “Psalms 51-100” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 20 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1990).
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