Text Found in Bog Open to Psalm about Plot against Israel
Every major news outlet is abuzz about Ireland’s National Museum discovering a 1,200-year-old Book of Psalms in a water-logged bog (which should have destroyed the document long ago).
The document, open to Psalm 83, was found last week by a construction worker who amazingly spotted the document prior to moving it with a mechanical digger. Experts are hailing this discovery is as an “Irish equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls.”“In my wildest hopes, I could only have dreamed of a discovery as fragile and rare as this,” Patrick Wallace, the director of the National Museum in Dublin, said in a statement.Aoife Demel, a spokeswoman for the museum, told the New York Times the text had been examined by experts and that there was no possibility that it was a hoax.
Interestingly, Psalm 83 exhorts God to act against conspirator nations plotting to wipe out “the name of Israel.”
Read the text of Psalm 83 in the New International Version (copyright International Bible Society):
O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.
With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal,* Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot. Selah
Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like refuse on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.”
Make them like tumbleweed, O my God like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.
Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O Lord. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace. Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
Is the timing of finding this document in Ireland a coincidence? Or is God trying to send us all a message? Leave a comment to weigh in on what you think!
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