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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 83:3-5

Psalms 83:3-5. They have consulted against thy hidden ones That is, against thy people Israel, as it is explained in the foregoing words, and in the next verse. They are called God’s hidden, or secret ones, צפוניךְ , tzepunecha, abditos tuos, to intimate the singular care and respect which God had to them, as his peculiar treasure, (as they are called, Exodus 19:5; Psalms 135:3,) whom he would hide and preserve in the secret of his presence, and under the shadow of his wings; and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 83:1-18

Psalms Opposition to God’s just rulePsalms 82:0 is written against all those who act unjustly in their position as God’s representatives in administering justice. They are even called gods (v. 1,6; cf. John 10:34; Romans 13:1,Romans 13:4,Romans 13:6). However, instead of rescuing the helpless poor from the powerful rich who enslave them, they show favour to those with influence and money (82:1-4). Because they are blind to all justice, truth and mercy, there is no stability in society (5). They... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Psalms 83:4

from being a nation = that they be no more a nation. Compare Jeremiah 48:2 .Isaiah 7:8 . read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Psalms 83:4

4. from being a nation—utter destruction (Isaiah 7:8; Isaiah 23:1). Israel—here used for Judah, having been the common name. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 83:1-8

1. The danger of destruction 83:1-8The psalmist cried out to God to act for His people by expressing the alternatives negatively (Psalms 83:1). He described how Israel’s enemies had conspired to oppose God by destroying His people. Asaph used a chiastic structure to connect God’s interests with those of His nation (Psalms 83:2-5). He then listed Israel’s enemies (Psalms 83:6-8). The Hagarites (Hagrites, NIV), or descendants of Hagar, were the Ishmaelites. Gebal is another name for Byblos, a... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Psalms 83:1-18

Psalms 83Asaph prayed that God would destroy the enemies that threatened to overwhelm Israel, as He had done in the past. This is a psalm of national (communal) lament, and it is the last of the psalms attributed to Asaph (Psalms 50, 73-83). read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 83:1-18

This Ps. describes a confederacy of God’s enemies, the object of which is to attack and exterminate Israel (Psalms 83:2-5). A list of the allies is given (Psalms 83:6-8). The Psalmist appeals to God to interpose (Psalms 83:1), and to deal with these hostile nations as He dealt with the Midianites (Judges 6-8) and the Canaanites (Judges 4, 5) of old (Psalms 83:9-12). Psalms 83:13-18 continue the prayer for their overthrow, in order that they may seek and acknowledge the true God. No historical... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Psalms 83:4

(4) For this attack against, not only the independence, but even the continued existence of Israel as a nation, compare Esther 3:6; Esther 3:9; Jeremiah 11:19; Jeremiah 31:36; Jeremiah 48:2; Isaiah 7:8. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Psalms 83:1-18

Psalms 83:1-18THIS psalm is a cry for help against a world in arms. The failure of all attempts to point to a period when all the allies here represented as confederate against Israel were or could have been united in assailing it, inclines one to suppose that the enumeration of enemies is not history, but poetic idealisation. The psalm would then be, not the memorial of a fact, but the expression of the standing relation between Israel and the outlying heathendom. The singer masses together... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Psalms 83:1-18

Psalms 83:0 The Final Enemies Overthrown 1. The enemies in confederacy (Psalms 83:1-8 ) 2. Their complete defeat and fate (Psalms 83:9-18 ) Elsewhere in prophecy we read of the confederacies of nations, Israel’s enemies, coming against the land of Israel in a final great onslaught. There will be an invasion from the north mentioned in Isaiah 29:1-24 ; Joel 2:1-32 ; Daniel 8:9-12 , and in Zechariah 12:2 . Then there will also be Gog and Magog invading the land (Ezekiel 38:1-23 , etc.). It... read more

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