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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 83:1-8

The Israel of God were now in danger, and fear, and great distress, and yet their prayer is called, A song or psalm; for singing psalms is not unseasonable, no, not when the harps are hung upon the willow-trees. I. The psalmist here begs of God to appear on the behalf of his injured threatened people (Ps. 83:1): ?Keep not thou silence, O God! but give judgment for us against those that do us an apparent wrong.? Thus Jehoshaphat prayed upon occasion of that invasion (2 Chron. 20:11), Behold,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 83:4

They have said ,.... Secretly in their hearts, or openly to one another, and gave it out in the most public manner, as what they had consulted and determined upon; see Psalm 74:8 , come, and let us cut them off from being a nation ; they were not content to invade their country, take their cities, plunder them of their substance, and carry them captives, but utterly to destroy them, root and branch; so that they might be no more a body politic, under rule and government, in their own... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 83:4

Let us cut them off - Let us exterminate the whole race, that there may not be a record of them on the face of the earth. And their scheme was well laid: eight or ten different nations united themselves in a firm bond to do this; and they had kept their purpose so secret that the king of Judah does not appear to have heard of it till his territories were actually invaded, and the different bodies of this coalition had assembled at En-gedi. Never was Judah before in greater danger. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 83:4

Verse 4 4They have said, Come and let us cut them off from being a nation. The wickedness of these hostile powers is aggravated from the circumstance, that it was their determined purpose utterly to exterminate the Church. This may be restricted to the Ammonites and Moabites, who were as bellows to blow up the flame in the rest. But the Hagarenes, the Syrians, and the other nations, being by their instigation affected with no less hatred and fury against the people of God, for whose destruction... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 83:1-18

Metrically, the psalm divides into four strophes, three of four verses each, and one (the last) of six. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 83:1-18

Soul spoilers. Dismissing from our consideration the probable historical occasion of this psalm (for which see 2 Chronicles 20:1-37 .), we take it as a vivid representation of the enemies and destroyers of the soul. Now— I. THERE ARE SUCH . Whoever yet sought to live the Divine life, and to walk with God in faithful obedience, that did not speedily find out that there were enemies of his soul such as are set forth here? For see— II. THEIR CHARACTERISTICS . 1 . ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 83:1-18

What God is to his people. The following general truths may be gathered up from this psalm. I. THAT SOMETIMES THE CHURCH OF GOD IS THREATENED BY A COMBINATION OF MANY DANGERS . As now—by science, philosophy, historical criticism, the spirit of commerce and the spirit of mammon, and what is called a worldly spirit. II. GOD AND HIS PEOPLE ARE ONE . ( Psalms 83:5 .) 1 . One in the closest relation. Father and children; Redeemer and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 83:3-5

Confederacy in evil designs. "They have taken crafty counsel against thy people." "They have consulted together with one consent." Prayer book Version reads, "cast their heads together." The Prophet Micah has a striking expression for this confederacy in evil—"And so they wrap it up" ( Micah 7:3 ). Cases of confederacy against God's people, that may be used as illustrations, are such as the following: Chedorlaomer's confederacy against Canaan, which swept away Lot. Combinations of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 83:4

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation . This was the general object of Israel's enemies at all times ( 2 Kings 24:2 ; 2 Chronicles 20:11 ; Psalms 138:7 ; 1 Macc. 3:35; 5:2), and thus does not help much towards determining the date of the occasion here spoken of. That the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance (comp. Exodus 17:14 ; Deuteronomy 32:26 ; Psalms 34:16 ; Psalms 109:13 ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 83:4

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off ... - Let us utterly destroy them, and root them out from among the nations. Let us combine against them, and overpower them; let us divide their land among ourselves, attaching it to our own. The nations referred to Psalms 83:6-8 were those which surrounded the land of Israel; and the proposal seems to have been to partition the land of the Hebrews among themselves, as has been done in modern times in regard to Poland. On what principles, and in... read more

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