St Bede: Let our enemies know that thy name is Lord

St Paul's Church in Jarrow. © Andrew Curtis, Geograph. Used under licence.

The remains of St Paul's Monastery and Church in Jarrow, where Bede was a monk. © Andrew Curtis, Geograph. Used under licence.

Psalm 83
A Song of a Psalm for Asaph.

1 O GOD, who shall be compared to thee? be not silent, neither be still, O God.

2 For behold, thine enemies have made a noise; and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 3 Against thy people they have craftily imagined a device, and have taken counsel against thy saints. 4 They have said, Come, and let us utterly destroy them out of the nation; and let the name of Israel be remembered no more at all.


16 Fill their faces with dishonour; so shall they seek thy name, O Lord. 17 Let them be ashamed and troubled for evermore; yea, let them be confounded and destroyed. 18 And let them know that thy name is Lord; that thou alone art Most High over all the earth.

Psalm 82(83), LXX.


THE subject of the text is this; that the enemies of the Christian name, whether carnal or spiritual, are always endeavouring to destroy and disperse the church of Christ, and every individual soul among the faithful; but that, on the other hand, they themselves shall be confounded and routed, and shall perish for ever, unnerved before the power of the Lord, to whom there is no one equal, for He alone is Most Highest over the whole earth.

St Bede (+735), “Lives of the Abbots”. Of Abbot Benedict Biscop, “who so nobly vanquished sin and wrought the deeds of virtue, … against whom, with God’s aid, no enemy could prevail”. Source.


O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.

Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.

Jeremiah 16:19-21


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