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2018 July 27
Psalm 83

View of Vesuvius from Posilippo (c. 1773-1775)
Joseph Wright (1734-1797)
Romanticism Style
Private Collection
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting illustrates fire upon the mountains, mentioned in verse 14. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 83, the Psalmist calls on God to destroy the nations who have attacked Israel, hoping to destroy it. The occasion may have been the attack (c. 853 B.C.) by a confederation of nations (2 Chronicles 20) in the time of Jehoshaphat (873-848 B.C.). The author is called Asaph in the heading of the Psalm; and some commentators believe that the name "Asaph" was a title, of sorts, which referred, in this instance, to Jahaziel the Asaphite (2 Chronicles 20:14-18) upon whom the Spirit of God came, giving him a prophecy of victory.
     The Psalmist asks God not to be silent while his proud enemies who hate him are creating a tumult (1-2).
     They took crafty counsel against God's secure people. They desired to cut God's people off from being a nation, causing them to be forgotten. Almost a dozen nations were united in their confederation against God and his people (3-8).
     So the Psalmist asked God to them as he had done to the nations that stood against Israel after they came out of Egypt. He asked that God would make Israel's new enemies like a wheel (restless); like stubble before the wind (driven), and like fire on wood or in the mountains (consumed). So the Psalmist asks God to persecute them with his tempest and make them afraid with his storm. He asks that God will fill their faces with shame, so that they might seek God's name. He asks that they might be confounded, troubled, put to shame, and perish. The purpose is that they might know that God alone is Jehovah (the Eternal One), and that he is Most High over all the earth (9-18).

     [ Sermons: J Ligon Duncan III. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 83: 2 Chronicles 20. IMPRECATORY PSALMS: Psalm 5. Psalm 10. Psalm 17. Psalm 35. Psalm 58. Psalm 59. Psalm 69. Psalm 70. Psalm 79. Psalm 83. Psalm 109. Psalm 129. Psalm 137. Psalm 140. ]
[1] Isaiah 62:7; Psalm 28:1.
[2] Psalm 46:3.
[3] Psalm 17:8; Psalm 27:5; Psalm 31:20.
[4] Esther 3:6; Esther 3:9; Jeremiah 11:19; Jeremiah 31:36; Jeremiah 48:2; Isaiah 7:8.
[5] Genesis 15:17.
[6] 1 Chronicles 5:10; 1 Chronicles 5:19.
[7] Ezekiel 27:9.
[9] Isaiah 9:4; Isaiah 10:26; Habakkuk 3:7.
[10] 1 Samuel 28; Judges 4.
[12] Psalm 79:7.
[13] Psalm 77:18; Isaiah 17:13.
[14] Isaiah 10:17-18; Zechariah 12:6; Psalm 50:10; Psalm 147:8.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 83 - #1 (Zemlinsky Part 1). Psalm 83 - #1 (Zemlinsky Part 2). Psalm 83 - #2. Psalm 83 - #3. Psalm 83 - #4. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 73-89.
1002 - 404 B.C. Israel
God is the Protector of Israel

Psalm 83
The Psalmist prays for the punishment of the wicked.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

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.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent [one heart]:
they are confederate [a covenant they are cutting] 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 the children of Lot.

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.
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 [sets aflame mountains];
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.
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever [unto perpetuity];
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.

1 To the chief Musician [Transposed From Psalm 84:1 ] *

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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