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83. Psalm 83

1O God, keep not thou silence:

Hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

2For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult;

And they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3Thy take crafty counsel against thy people,

And consult together against thy hidden ones.

4They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation;

That the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

5For they have consulted together with one consent;

Against thee do they make a covenant:

6The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;

Moab, and the Hagarenes;

7Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek;

Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre:

8Assyria also is joined with them;

They have ahelped the children of Lot.

Selah

9Do thou unto them as unto Midian,

As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon;

10Who perished at Endor,

Who became as dung for the earth.

11Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb;

Yea, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna;

12Who said, Let us take to ourselves in possession

The ahabitations of God.

13O my God, make them like the whirling dust;

As stubble before the wind.

14As the fire that burneth the forest,

And as the flame that setteth the mountains on fire,

15So pursue them with thy tempest,

And terrify them with thy storm.

16Fill their faces with confusion,

That they may seek thy name, O Jehovah.

17Let them be put to shame and dismayed for ever;

Yea, let them be confounded and perish;

18That they may know that athou alone, whose name is Jehovah,

Art the Most High over all the earth.

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Verses 1–8

Sometimes God seems not to be concerned at the unjust treatment of his people. But then we may call upon him, as the psalmist here. All wicked people are God's enemies, especially wicked persecutors. The Lord's people are his hidden one; the world knows them not. He takes them under his special protection. Do the enemies of the church act with one consent to destroy it, and shall not the friends of the church be united? Wicked men wish that there might be no religion among mankind. They would gladly see all its restraints shaken off, and all that preach, profess, or practise it, cut off. This they would bring to pass if it were in their power. The enemies of God's church have always been many: this magnifies the power of the Lord in preserving to himself a church in the world.

Verses 9–18

All who oppose the kingdom of Christ may here read their doom. God is the same still that ever he was; the same to his people, and the same against his and their enemies. God would make their enemies like a wheel; unsettled in all their counsels and resolves. Not only let them be driven away as stubble, but burnt as stubble. And this will be the end of wicked men. Let them be made to fear thy name, and perhaps that will bring them to seek thy name. We should desire no confusion to our enemies and persecutors but what may forward their conversion. The stormy tempest of Divine vengeance will overtake them, unless they repent and seek the pardoning mercy of their offended Lord. God's triumphs over his enemies, clearly prove that he is, according to his name JEHOVAH, an almighty Being, who has all power and perfection in himself. May we fear his wrath, and yield ourselves to be his willing servants. And let us seek deliverance by the destruction of our fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.




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