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83. Psalm 83

1A Song, -- A Psalm of Asaph. O God, let there be no silence to Thee, Be not silent, nor be quiet, O God. 2For, lo, Thine enemies do roar, And those hating Thee have lifted up the head, 3Against Thy people they take crafty counsel, And consult against Thy hidden ones. 4They have said, `Come, And we cut them off from [being] a nation, And the name of Israel is not remembered any more.` 5For they consulted in heart together, Against Thee a covenant they make, 6Tents of Edom, and Ishmaelites, Moab, and the Hagarenes, 7Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with inhabitants of Tyre, 8Asshur also is joined with them, They have been an arm to sons of Lot. Selah. 9Do to them as [to] Midian, As [to] Sisera, as [to] Jabin, at the stream Kishon. 10They were destroyed at Endor, They were dung for the ground! 11Make their nobles as Oreb and as Zeeb, And as Zebah and Zalmunna all their princes, 12Who have said, `Let us occupy for ourselves The comely places of God.` 13O my God, make them as a rolling thing, As stubble before wind. 14As a fire doth burn a forest, And as a flame setteth hills on fire, 15So dost Thou pursue them with Thy whirlwind, And with Thy hurricane troublest them. 16Fill their faces [with] shame, And they seek Thy name, O Jehovah. 17They are ashamed and troubled for ever, Yea, they are confounded and lost. 18And they know that Thou -- (Thy name [is] Jehovah -- by Thyself,) [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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