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Psalms 83



Verse 1

Psalm 83:1-18. Of Asaph - (See on Psalm 74:1, title). The historical occasion is probably that of 2 Chronicles 20:1, 2 Chronicles 20:2 (compare Psalm 47:1-9; Psalm 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.

God addressed as indifferent (compare Psalm 35:22; Psalm 39:12).

be not still — literally, “not quiet,” as opposed to action.

Verse 2

thine enemies — as well as ours (Psalm 74:23; Isaiah 37:23).

Verse 3

hidden ones — whom God specially protects (Psalm 27:5; Psalm 91:1).

Verse 4

from being a nation — utter destruction (Isaiah 7:8; Isaiah 23:1).

Israel — here used for Judah, having been the common name.

Verse 5

they have consulted — with heart, or cordially.

together — all alike.

Verses 6-8

tabernacles — for people (Psalm 78:67).

they — all these united with the children of Lot, or Ammonites and Moabites (compare 2 Chronicles 20:1).

Verses 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; Judges 7:25). Human remains form manure (compare 2 Kings 9:37; Jeremiah 9:22).

Verse 12

The language of the invaders.

houses — literally, “residences,” enclosures, as for flocks (Psalm 65:12).

of God — as the proprietors of the land (2 Chronicles 20:11; Isaiah 14:25).

Verse 13

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

Verse 14-15

Pursue them to an utter destruction.

Verse 16

that they may seek — or as Psalm 83:18, supply “men,” since Psalm 83:17, Psalm 83:18 amplify the sentiment of Psalm 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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Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 83:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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