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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

  • 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.
  • WILL
    IN PSALMS 83:18 WE FIND OUT THE NAME THAT THE AUTHOR OF THE PSALM GIVES TO GOD WHICH IS "JEHOVAH". WHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES GOD REVEAL THAT TO THE AUTHOR? IF THE AUTHOR CALLED ME "JEHOVAH",MY NAME WOULD STILL BE "WILL". TO FIND OUT THE NAME OF GOD, WE SHOULD GO SOMEWHERE IN THE BIBLE WHERE GOD SAYS WHAT HIS NAME IS. GOD KNOWS HIS OWN NAME. TRY READING EXODUS 3:14 TO FIND OUT.
  • Andrea
    Hallowed means to Sanctify in other words to make sacred, esteem, etc. It’s an action for Humans how to treat God’s name Jehovah. Yahweh is the Hebrew translation, keep in mind that Lord, God, etc are all titles.
  • Joana
    Jehovah is gods name and he wants us to talk the truth. Why do many religions not do this ? or say jesus is god when the bible does not say this.
  • Andrea
    Hallowed means to Sanctify in other words to make sacred, esteem, etc. It’s an action for Humans how to treat God’s name Jehovah. Yahweh is the Hebrew translation, keep in mind that Lord, God, etc are all titles. But Jehovah is the name of God.
  • Peggy Green
    Where can I find the names of the countries mentioned in Ps 83 in today's map and the names that represent those countries in the Psalm.
  • DEE
    HALLOWED means holy, its not a name and JAH is the shortened form of JEHOVAH
  • Asd
    JEHOVAH is the God of Jesus Christ.
    Jesus has a God, his Father is his God and our God.
    Satan does not want you to know that Jesus is the Christ, the begotten Son of the only true God.
  • Billy B.
    Will - is what the bible gives as God's name Yolanda's fault? If that scripture had said that his name was 'Joe' or 'Bob', I'm sure it would still be exciting to Yolanda and others to find out what he says his own name is.
  • Bruce
    Gary: Because All through The Bible LORD Or GOD IS Used Instead of Jehovah. When Reading The Bible I Read LORD Or GOD as Jehovah, It Will Bring a Better Understanding. Your Post is a Little Humorous, by Not Using His Name:Jehovah


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