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Jamieson, Fausset & Brown :: Commentary on Psalm 83

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The Book of Psalms

Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

PSALM 83

Psa 83:1-18. Of Asaph--(See on JF & B for Ps 74:1, title). The historical occasion is probably that of 2Ch 20:1, 2 (compare Psa 47:1-9 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.

      1. God addressed as indifferent (compare Psa 35:22 39:12 ).
      be not still--literally, "not quiet," as opposed to action.

      2. thine enemies--as well as ours ( Psa 74:23 Isa 37:23 ).

      3. hidden ones--whom God specially protects ( Psa 27:5 91:1 ).

      4. from being a nation--utter destruction ( Isa 7:8 23:1 ).
      Israel--here used for Judah, having been the common name.

      5. they have consulted--with heart, or cordially.
      together--all alike.

      6-8. tabernacles--for people ( Psa 78:67 ).
      they--all these united with the children of Lot, or Ammonites and Moabites (compare 2Ch 20:1 ).

      9-11. Compare the similar fate of these ( 2Ch 20:23 ) with that of the foes mentioned in Jdg 7:22, here referred to. They destroyed one another ( Jdg 4:6-24 7:25 ). Human remains form manure (compare 2Ki 9:37 Jer 9:22 ).

      12. The language of the invaders.
      houses--literally, "residences," enclosures, as for flocks ( Psa 65:12 ).
      of God--as the proprietors of the land ( 2Ch 20:11 Isa 14:25 ).

      13. like a wheel--or, whirling of any light thing ( Isa 17:13 ), as stubble or chaff ( Psa 1:4 ).

      14, 15. Pursue them to an utter destruction.

      16. that they may seek--or as Psa 83:18, supply "men," since Psa 83:17, 18 amplify the sentiment of Psa 83:16, expressing more fully the measure of destruction, and the lesson of God's being and perfections (compare 2Ch 20:29 ) taught to all men.

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