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Psalm 83:4

ESV They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!"
NIV "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more."
NASB They have said, 'Come, and let’s wipe them out as a nation, So that the name of Israel will no longer be remembered.'
CSB They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation so that Israel’s name will no longer be remembered."
NLT 'Come,' they say, 'let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.'
KJV 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.
NKJV They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

What does Psalm 83:4 mean?

Asaph recognizes two main goals in Israel's enemies. First, they want to obliterate Israel as a nation. That means conquering their territory and removing all their self-governing or power. Second, these enemies want to erase even the memory of God's chosen people. Asaph notes this as part of a prayer (Psalm 83:1) in the face of a multi-nation coalition against Israel (Psalm 83:6–8).

History demonstrates that the complete destruction of Israel and even her memory has been a goal of her enemies throughout the ages. This will continue until the very end of human history (Revelation 20:7–9). It exists, in various forms, even today. In the modern world, many Arabic nations and groups openly call for the annihilation of the entire Israeli state. But God will not abandon His people. He promised Abram that He will bless those who bless Him and curse those who dishonor him (Genesis 12:3).
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