Ps 83:1-18. Of Asaph—(See on Ps 74:1, title). The historical occasion is probably that
20:1, 2 (compare Ps 47:1-9;
48:1-14). After a general
petition, the craft and rage of the combined enemies are described,
God's former dealings recited, and a like summary and speedy
destruction on them is invoked.
1. God addressed as indifferent (compare Ps 35:22;
be not still—literally, "not quiet,"
as opposed to action.
2. thine enemies—as well as ours (Ps
74:23; Isa 37:23).
3. hidden ones—whom God specially
protects (Ps 27:5; 91:1).
4. from being a nation—utter destruction
Israel—here used for Judah, having
been the common name.
5. they have consulted—with heart, or
6-8. tabernacles—for people (Ps 78:67).
they—all these united with the
children of Lot, or Ammonites and Moabites (compare 2Ch 20:1).
9-11. Compare the similar fate of these (2Ch 20:23) with that of the foes mentioned
7:22, here referred to. They
destroyed one another (Jud 4:6-24; 7:25). Human remains form manure (compare
2Ki 9:37; Jer 9:22).
12. The language of the invaders.
enclosures, as for flocks (Ps 65:12).
of God—as the proprietors of the land
(2Ch 20:11; Isa 14:25).
13. like a wheel—or, whirling of any
light thing (Isa 17:13),
as stubble or chaff (Ps 1:4).
14, 15. Pursue them to an utter
16. that they may seek—or as Ps 83:18, supply "men," since Ps 83:17, 18 amplify the sentiment of Ps 83:16, expressing more fully the measure
of destruction, and the lesson of God's being and perfections (compare
20:29) taught to all men.