Psalms, Chapter 83
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83:1 (A Song [or] Psalm of Asaph.) Keep a not thou silence,
O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
(a) This psalm seems to have been composed as a form of
prayer against the dangers that the Church was in, in
the days of Jehoshaphat.
83:2 For, lo, thine b enemies make a tumult: and they that
hate thee have lifted up the head.
(b) He calls them God's enemies, who are enemies of his
83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and
consulted against thy c hidden ones.
(c) The elect of God are his secret ones: for he hides them
in the secret of his tabernacle, and preserves them
from all dangers.
83:4 They have said, Come, and let us d cut them off from
[being] a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in
(d) They were not content to take the Church as prisoner:
but sought to utterly destroy it.
83:5 For they have consulted together e with one consent: they
are confederate f against thee:
(e) By all secret means.
83:8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the
children g of Lot. Selah.
(f) They thought to have subverted your counsel in which
the constancy of the Church was established.
(g) The wickedness of the Ammonites and Moabites is
described in that they provoked these other nations
to fight against the Israelites.
83:9 Do unto them as [unto] the h Midianites; as [to] Sisera,
as [to] Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
(h) By these examples they were confirmed that God would
not permit his people to be completely destroyed,
83:10 [Which] perished at Endor: they became [as] i dung for
(i) Trodden under foot as mire.
83:12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the k houses of God
(k) That is, Judea: for where his Church is, there he
dwells among them.
83:13 O my God, make them like a l wheel; as the stubble
before the wind.
(l) Because the reprobate could by no means be amended, he
prays that they may utterly be destroyed, be unstable
and led by all winds.
83:16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may m seek thy
name, O LORD.
(m) That is, be compelled by your plagues to confess your
83:18 That [men] may n know that thou, whose name alone [is]
JEHOVAH, [art] the most high over all the earth.
(n) Though they do not believe, yet they may prove by
experience, that it is in vain to resist against your
counsel in establishing your Church.
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