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Psalms 83

Listen to Psalms 83
1 O God, do not keep silence; 1do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
2 For behold, your enemies 2make an uproar; those who hate you have 3raised their heads.
3 They lay 4crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your 5treasured ones.
4 They say, "Come, 6let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!"
5 For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant--
6 the tents of 7Edom and 8the Ishmaelites, 9Moab and 10the Hagrites,
7 11Gebal and 12Ammon and 13Amalek, 14Philistia with the inhabitants of 15Tyre;
8 16Asshur also has joined them; they are the strong arm of 17the children of Lot. Selah
9 Do to them as you did to 18Midian, as to 19Sisera and Jabin at 20the river Kishon,
10 who were destroyed at 21En-dor, who became 22dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like 23Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like 24Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, 25"Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God."
13 O my God, make them like 26whirling dust,[a] like 27chaff before the wind.
14 As 28fire consumes the forest, as the flame 29sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so may you pursue them 30with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane!
16 31Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O LORD.
17 Let them be 32put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace,
18 that they may 33know that you alone, 34whose name is the LORD, are 35the Most High over all the earth.

Psalms 83 Commentary

Chapter 83

The designs of the enemies of Israel. (1-8) Earnest prayer for their defeat. (9-18)

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.

Cross References 35

  • 1. See Psalms 28:1
  • 2. [Psalms 2:1]
  • 3. Judges 8:28
  • 4. [Nehemiah 4:8]
  • 5. See Psalms 27:5; Psalms 31:20
  • 6. Jeremiah 48:2; [Psalms 74:8; Esther 3:6]
  • 7. Psalms 137:7; See 2 Chronicles 20:10
  • 8. See Genesis 25:12-16
  • 9. 2 Chronicles 20:10
  • 10. 1 Chronicles 5:10
  • 11. Joshua 13:5
  • 12. [See ver. 6 above]
  • 13. 1 Samuel 15:2
  • 14. 1 Samuel 4:1; [Amos 1:6]
  • 15. Ezekiel 27:3; [Amos 1:9]
  • 16. 2 Kings 15:19
  • 17. Deuteronomy 2:9, 19
  • 18. Numbers 31:7; See Isaiah 9:4
  • 19. Judges 4:15, 24
  • 20. Judges 4:7; Judges 5:21
  • 21. Joshua 17:11; 1 Samuel 28:7
  • 22. See Job 20:7
  • 23. Judges 7:25; Judges 8:3
  • 24. See Judges 8:5-21
  • 25. [2 Chronicles 20:11]
  • 26. Isaiah 17:13
  • 27. Job 13:25; Job 21:18; [Psalms 1:4]
  • 28. [Isaiah 9:18]; See Isaiah 10:16-19
  • 29. Deuteronomy 32:22
  • 30. Job 9:17
  • 31. [Psalms 35:4, 26; Job 10:15]
  • 32. Psalms 35:4
  • 33. Psalms 59:13
  • 34. Exodus 6:3
  • 35. Psalms 9:2; Psalms 18:13; Psalms 97:9

Footnotes 1

Chapter Summary


\\<>\\. This is the last of the psalms that bear the name of Asaph, and some think it was written by him on occasion of David's smiting the Philistines, Moabites, Syrians, Edomites, and others, 2Sa 8:1-14, but these did not conjunctly, but separately, fight with David, and were overcome by him; whereas those this psalm makes mention of were in a confederacy together; and besides, the Tyrians in David's time were in friendship with him; but are here mentioned as joining with others against Israel, Ps 83:7, others are of opinion that this was prophetic delivered out with respect to future times, either to the conspiracy of the enemies of the Jews against them in the times of the Maccabees, ``Now when the nations round about heard that the altar was built and the sanctuary renewed as before, it displeased them very much. &c.'' (1 Maccabees 5:1) or rather to the confederacy of the Moabites, Ammonites, and others, in the times of Jehoshaphat, 2Ch 20:1, so Kimchi, Arama, and the generality of interpreters: perhaps reference is had to the enemies of God's people, from age to age, both in the Old and in the New Testament; R. Obadiah understands it of the war of Gog and Magog.

Psalms 83 Commentaries

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