Psalms 83:3

3 With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.

Psalms 83:3 in Other Translations

3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
3 They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones.
3 They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones.
3 They're plotting to do your people in, conspiring to rob you of your precious ones.
3 They devise clever schemes against Your people; they conspire against Your treasured ones.

Psalms 83:3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 83:3

They have taken crafty counsel against thy people
The people of Israel, hereafter named, whom God had chosen and avouched to be his people; these they dealt subtlety with, as the king of Egypt had done with their forefathers; and this, agreeably to their character, being the seed of the old serpent, more subtle than any of the beasts of the field; these devised cunning devices, formed crafty schemes for the destruction of the Lord's people; but often so it is, that the wise are taken in their own craftiness, and their counsel is carried headlong:

and consulted against thy hidden ones;
not hidden from the Lord, and unknown unto him, though from their enemies, and unknown by them, and so the object of their hatred and persecution; but hidden by him as his jewels and peculiar treasure, which he takes care of; hidden under the shadow of his wings, in the secret of his presence and tabernacle, as in a pavilion; and therefore it was a daring piece of insolence in their enemies to attack them: so the life of saints is said to be hid with Christ in God, which denotes both its secrecy and safety; see ( Colossians 3:3 ) , the Targum is,

``against the things hidden in thy treasures;''

meaning the riches of the temple.

Psalms 83:3 In-Context

1 O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.
2 See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.
3 With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.
4 “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”
5 With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 1:10; S Psalms 31:13
  • 2. Psalms 17:14
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