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1 (A Song or Psalm of Asaph.) Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.

11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:

12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.

13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.

16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.

17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

Commentary for Psalms 83

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

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.

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 83

  • Quansto
    Why doesn't KJV put God's name where it belongs . Not just Psalms 83:18 but wherever YHWH is originally.
  • Ato ARMAH
    "Name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth". I love verse 18. He's the only JEHOVAH. The everlasting GOD. The most powerful GOD, The Alpha and Omega, The almighty GOD. Hmm Me and my house we will alway worship the LORD. Amen.
  • Deborah Bethuel
    Psalm 83's Prophecy will be fulfilled! Israel requests that "Third Temple" be built now! War is coming!
  • Yonathan
    Jesus said , he that has seen me has seen the Father. :)
  • Christy
    It speaks of how Arabian nations, Asian nations African nations and the European nations came together and made a treaty to get rid of the Israelites and to make them cease as a people together while they steal everything from the Israelites enslave them and take their country from them. But Yeshua sees all and still loves Israel and will take vengence on those nations.
  • Craig
    Verse 18...waaw! JEHOVAH the supreme God of the universe. Interestingly, the name Jesus means Jehovah is salvation in Hebrew and that is fitting when Jesus the son of Jehovah was being baptised in the river Jordan and a voice from heaven said "this is my son the beloved" and JEHOVAH resurrected back to life in heaven alongside Him...hence JEHOVAH is salvation. Nice one King James rendition!!!

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