83:1 «A Song [or] Psalm of Asaph.» Keep a not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
(a) This psalm seems to have been composed as a
form of prayer against the dangers that the Church was in, in the days of
83:2 For, lo, thine b
enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
(b) He calls them God's enemies, who are
enemies of his Church.
83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy
people, and consulted against thy c
(c) The elect of God are his secret ones: for he
hides them in the secret of his tabernacle, and preserves them from all
83:4 They have said, Come, and let us d
cut them off from [being] a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in
(d) They were not content to take the Church as
prisoner: but sought to utterly destroy it.
83:5 For they have consulted together e
with one consent: they are confederate f
(e) By all secret means.
(f) They thought to have subverted your counsel
in which the constancy of the Church was established.
also is joined with them: they have holpen the children g
of Lot. Selah.
(g) The wickedness of the Ammonites and Moabites
is described in that they provoked these other nations to fight against the
83:9 Do unto them as [unto] the h
Midianites; as [to] Sisera, as [to] Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
(h) By these examples they were confirmed that
God would not permit his people to be completely destroyed, (Judges
83:10 [Which] perished at Endor: they became [as] i
dung for the earth.
(i) Trodden under foot as mire.
83:12 Who said, Let us take
to ourselves the k houses of God in
(k) That is, Judea: for where his Church is,
there he dwells among them.
83:13 O my God, make them like a l
wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
(l) Because the reprobate could by no means be
amended, he prays that they may utterly be destroyed, be unstable and led by
Fill their faces with shame; that they may m
seek thy name, O LORD.
(m) That is, be compelled by your plagues to
confess your power.
83:18 That [men] may n
know that thou, whose name alone [is] JEHOVAH, [art] the most high over all the
(n) Though they do not believe, yet they may
prove by experience, that it is in vain to resist against your counsel in
establishing your Church.