Psalms 83

PSALM 83

Psalms 83:1-18 . is probably that of 2 Chronicles 20:1 2 Chronicles 20:2 (compare Psalms 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 Psalms 35:22 , 39:12 ).
be not still--literally, "not quiet," as opposed to action.

2. thine enemies--as well as ours ( Psalms 74:23 , Isaiah 37:23 ).

3. hidden ones--whom God specially protects ( Psalms 27:5 , 91:1 ).

4. from being a nation--utter destruction ( Isaiah 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 ( Psalms 78:67 ).
they--all these united with the children of Lot, or Ammonites and Moabites (compare 2 Chronicles 20:1 ).

9-11. Compare the similar fate of these ( 2 Chronicles 20:23 ) with that of the foes mentioned in Judges 7:22 , here referred to. They destroyed one another ( Judges 4:6-24 , 7:25 ). Human remains form manure (compare 2 Kings 9:37 , Jeremiah 9:22 ).

12. The language of the invaders.
houses--literally, "residences," enclosures, as for flocks ( Psalms 65:12 ).
of God--as the proprietors of the land ( 2 Chronicles 20:11 , Isaiah 14:25 ).

13. like a wheel--or, whirling of any light thing ( Isaiah 17:13 ), as stubble or chaff ( Psalms 1:4 ).

14, 15. Pursue them to an utter destruction.

16. that they may seek--or as Psalms 83:18 , supply "men," since Psalms 83:17 Psalms 83:18 amplify the sentiment of Psalms 83:16 , expressing more fully the measure of destruction, and the lesson of God's being and perfections (compare 2 Chronicles 20:29 ) taught to all men.

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