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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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Ps 83:1-18. Of Asaph—(See on Ps 74:1, title). The historical occasion is probably that of 2Ch 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; 39:12).

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 (Isa 7:8; 23:1).

Israel—here used for Judah, having been the common name.

5. they have consulted—with heart, or cordially.

together—all alike.

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 in Jud 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.

houses—literally, "residences," 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 destruction.

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 2Ch 20:29) taught to all men.




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