1 «A Song [or] Psalm of Asaph.» KeepThis psalm seems to have been composed as a form of prayer against the dangers that the Church was in, in the days of Jehoshaphat.not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2 For, lo, thineHe calls them God's enemies, who are enemies of his Church.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 thyThe elect of God are his secret ones: for he hides them in the secret of his tabernacle, and preserves them from all dangers.hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let usThey were not content to take the Church as prisoner: but sought to utterly destroy it.cut them off from [being] a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted togetherBy all secret means.with one consent: they are confederateThey thought to have subverted your counsel in which the constancy of the Church was established.against thee:
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Agarims:
7 Gebal and Ammon, and Amalech, the Philistims with the inhabitants of Tyrus:
8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the childrenThe wickedness of the Ammonites and Moabites is described in that they provoked these other nations to fight against the Israelites.of Lot. Selah.
9 Do unto them as [unto] theBy these examples they were confirmed that God would not permit his people to be completely destroyed, (Jdg_7:21, Jdg_4:15).Midianites; as [to] Sisera, as [to] Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10 [Which] perished at Endor: they became [as]Trodden under foot as mire.dung for the earth.
11 Make them, euen their princes like Oreb and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes like Zebah and like Zalmuna.
12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves theThat is, Judea: for where his Church is, there he dwells among them.houses of God in possession.
13 O my God, make them like aBecause the reprobate could by no means be amended, he prays that they may utterly be destroyed, be unstable and led by all winds.wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14 As the fire burneth the forest, and as the flame setteth the mountaines on fire:
15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraide with thy storme.
16 Fill their faces with shame; that they mayThat is, be compelled by your plagues to confess your power.seek thy name, O LORD.
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for euer: yea, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 That [men] mayThough they do not believe, yet they may prove by experience, that it is in vain to resist against your counsel in establishing your Church.know that thou, whose name alone [is] JEHOVAH, [art] the most high over all the earth.