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1 A song or Psalme of Asaph. Keepe not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

2 For loe, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee, haue lift vp the head.

3 They haue taken craftie counsell against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4 They haue said, Come, and let vs cut them off from being a nation: that the name of Israel may bee no more in remembrance.

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

6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites: of Moab, and the Hagarens.

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

8 Assur also is ioyned with them: they haue holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

9 Doe vnto them as vnto the Midianites: as to Sisera, as to Iabin, at the brooke of Kison:

10 Which perished at En-dor: 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 sayd, Let vs take to our selues, the houses of God in possession.

13 O my God, make them like a wheele: as the stubble before the wind.

14 As the fire burneth a wood: and as the flame setteth the mountaines on fire:

15 So persecute them with thy tempest: and make them afraid with thy storme.

16 Fill their faces with shame: that they may seeke thy name, O Lord.

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

18 That men may knowe, that thou, whose name alone is IEHOVAH: art the most High ouer all the earth.

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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

  • I, even I, am that Michael Isaac Dale:
    With all thanks and praise to God, my Holy Father, it is the Spirit that bears witness: for you would hide the truth if it were possible. But now you discern my blood and are not blameless. It is written, For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead: so that they are without excuse:
  • I, even I, am that Michael Isaac Dale:
    Hear me now of GOD who IS MY HOLY FATHER: Though the Wicked have not the Spirit of Christ, for ye confessed not nor acknowledged: nor understood the water, even the doctrine of Christ: there is one thing evil men do see so that they are without excuse: IT IS MY DNA. For it is written, there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
  • Marshall
    The Bible teaches all believers that Jesus God Almighty is the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost, three in one, the record God gave of his son, please, Read: 1 John 5:1-12, and Matthew 28:18-19. This is the "Truth."
  • I, even I, am that Michael Isaac Dale:
    GOD is JEHOVAH, which is, being interpreted, Faithful and True. Seeing our Father's Name is Hallowed, Christ alone is worthy to reveal it. It is written, His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns: and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
  • RW
    Jehovah is Gods name - it's nice to see it used again in the latest King James Bible - as it originally was. In the original languages of the scriptures it is mentioned over 7,000 times. The brother in law of King James - Danish King Christian the Fourth IV put Jehovahs name or tetragrammaton with vowel points on the front of buildings constructed during his reign coins.
  • Bigbey
    At revelations 22nd chapter verses 18 and 19 states that if anyone makes any changes to these scroll by adding or taking away they will be added to the plagues that is to come upon mankind, and their portions will be taken away from the trees of life. So to remove the name of the author of this book The Bible is a very serious sin. Exodus 6:3 Psalms 83:18.

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