Psalm 83

Your enemies have consulted and are making a tumult
Enemies threaten the security of God's people. The principles apply in similar situations today.
.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.
  1 - Not ... silence God is called on to respond to the "tumult" or agitation against His people. ps02801, is6207.
  2 - Enemies These may have been the union of Moab, Ammon, and Edom during the reign of Jehoshaphat 2ch20.
  4 - No more This we will see again at the end of time. de3226, ps10913.
 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 [helped] the children of Lot. Selah.
  5 - Consulted See ps00202.
  7 - Amalek Apparently those living south of Idumaea. Saul spared their king 1sa1509. See map.
  8 - Assur Assyrians from the central part of the Tigris valley. ge1022. See map.
 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.
  9 - As unto the Midianites Referring to the victory of Gideon of Judges 7 and 8 jg07. Also is1026. And Sisera when Deborah was present jg04 and jg0413 for Kison (or "Kishon."). Near Carmel. See map.
  12 - Houses Hebrew ne'oth which here might be  "pasture lands." They apparently wanted the land.
 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.
  13 - Wheel The Hebrew word was apparently also used for the the round dried calyx of a thistle. See is1713. The enemy was to be blown away as the wind blows a dried weed (the tumbleweed in the US).
  15 - Persecute them Compare ps03504.
  16 - May seek thy name The purpose of punishment is to help us see our need for God.
 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.
  18 - Men Should be "they."
  18 - Jehovah See note on ge0204.
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