Good News Translation (GNB)

A Prayer for the Defeat of Israel's EnemiesPs 83 Hebrew title: A psalm by Asaph; a song.

831O God, do not keep silent;

do not be still, do not be quiet!

2Look! Your enemies are in revolt,

and those who hate you are rebelling.

3They are making secret plans against your people;

they are plotting against those you protect.

4“Come,” they say, “let us destroy their nation,

so that Israel will be forgotten for ever.”

5They agree on their plan

and form an alliance against you:

6the people of Edom and the Ishmaelites;

the people of Moab and the Hagrites;

7the people of Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek,

and of Philistia and Tyre.

8Assyria has also joined them

as a strong ally of the Ammonites and Moabites, the descendants of Lot.


Judg 4.6–22
Do to them what you did to the Midianites,

and to Sisera and Jabin at the River Kishon.

10You defeated them at Endor,

and their bodies rotted on the ground.


Judg 7.25
Do to their leaders what you did to Oreb and Zeeb;

defeat all their rulers as you did Zebah and Zalmunna,

12who said, “We will take for our own

the land that belongs to God.”

13Scatter them like dust, O God,

like straw blown away by the wind.

14As fire burns the forest,

as flames set the hills on fire,

15chase them away with your storm

and terrify them with your fierce winds.

16Cover their faces with shame, O LORD,

and make them acknowledge your power.

17May they be defeated and terrified for ever;

may they die in complete disgrace.

18May they know that you alone are the LORD,

supreme ruler over all the earth.


Longing for God's HousePs 84 Hebrew title: A psalm by the clan of Korah.

841How I love your Temple, LORD Almighty!

2How I want to be there!

I long to be in the LORD's Temple.

With my whole being I sing for joy

to the living God.

3Even the sparrows have built a nest,

and the swallows have their own home;

they keep their young near your altars,

LORD Almighty, my king and my God.

4How happy are those who live in your Temple,

always singing praise to you.

5How happy are those whose strength comes from you,

who are eager to make the pilgrimage to Mount Zion.

6As they pass through the dry valley of Baca,

it becomes a place of springs;

the autumn rain fills it with pools.

7They grow stronger as they go;

they will see the God of gods on Zion.

8Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty.

Listen, O God of Jacob!

9Bless our king, O God,

the king you have chosen.

10One day spent in your Temple

is better than a thousand anywhere else;

I would rather stand at the gate of the house of my God

than live in the homes of the wicked.

11The LORD is our protector and glorious king,

blessing us with kindness and honour.

He does not refuse any good thing

to those who do what is right.

12LORD Almighty, how happy are those who trust in you!


A Prayer for the Nation's WelfarePs 85 Hebrew title: A psalm by the clan of Korah.

851LORD, you have been merciful to your land;

you have made Israel prosperous again.

2You have forgiven your people's sins

and pardoned all their wrongs.

3You stopped being angry with them

and held back your furious rage.

4Bring us back, O God our saviour,

and stop being displeased with us!

5Will you be angry with us for ever?

Will your anger never cease?

6Make us strong again,

and we, your people, will praise you.

7Show us your constant love, O LORD,

and give us your saving help.

8I am listening to what the LORD God is saying;

he promises peace to us, his own people,

if we do not go back to our foolish ways.

9Surely he is ready to save those who honour him,

and his saving presence will remain in our land.

10Love and faithfulness will meet;

righteousness and peace will embrace.

11Human loyalty will reach up from the earth,

and God's righteousness will look down from heaven.

12The LORD will make us prosperous,

and our land will produce rich harvests.

13Righteousness will go before the LORD

and prepare the path for him.