The Imprecatory Psalm to Destroy Israel’s Enemies


The Great Day of His Wrath 1851-3 by John Martin 1789-1854

It is believed that Psalm 83 was written by Asaph. It is not clear which of the three men mentioned in the Old Testament the twelve Psalms that bear his name wrote them. What is important for us to realize is the pleading nature of the writer begging God to avenge Israel’s enemies for hating Him. They exercise this hate for God through attacks on the children of Israel. Look at the names of the ancient tribes of this Psalm.

“Edom, and the Ishmaelite’s; Of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; The Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre  Assur also is joined with them: They have helped the children of Lot.”

All these names are now the countries that immediately border Israel. Read more

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