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.

Some have taught that this request will be answered prior to the allied invasion prophecies in Ezekiel 38 & 39. God will certainly protect Israel. If that is the case look for it to happen soon. Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Psalm 83

A Song or Psalm of Asaph.

1 Keep not thou silence, O God:

Hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

2  For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult:

And they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3  They have taken crafty counsel against thy people,

And consulted against thy hidden ones.

4  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation;

That the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

5  For they have consulted together with one consent:

They are confederate against thee:

6  The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites;

Of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

7  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek;

The Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8  Assur also is joined with them:

They have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

9  Do unto them as unto the Midianites;

As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

10  Which perished at En-dor:

They became as dung for the earth.

11  Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb:

Yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:

12  Who said, Let us take to ourselves

The houses of God in possession.

13  O my God, make them like a wheel;

As the stubble before the wind.

14  As the fire burneth a wood,

And as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

15  So persecute them with thy tempest,

And make them afraid with thy storm.

16  Fill their faces with shame;

That they may seek thy name, O Lord.

17  Let them be confounded and troubled for ever;

Yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

18  That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH,

Art the most high over all the earth.

Pray this Psalm so that God will intervene for the nation of Israel.


Daniel E. Woodhead Ph.D.