Psalm 83:1
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New International Version
A song. A psalm of Asaph. O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.

New Living Translation
A song. A psalm of Asaph. O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God.

English Standard Version
O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!

New American Standard Bible
A Song, a Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.

King James Bible
A Song or Psalm of Asaph. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A song. A psalm of Asaph. God, do not keep silent. Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle.

International Standard Version
God, do not rest! Don't be silent! Don't stay inactive, God!

NET Bible
A song, a psalm of Asaph. O God, do not be silent! Do not ignore us! Do not be inactive, O God!

New Heart English Bible
[A song. A Psalm by Asaph.] God, do not keep silent. Do not keep silent, and do not be still, God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God, who is like you? Do not be silent, neither be still, oh God!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A song; a psalm by Asaph.] O God, do not remain silent. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. Do not keep quiet, O God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Song, a Psalm of Asaph. O God, keep not Thou silence; Hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God.

New American Standard 1977
O God, do not remain quiet;
            Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not keep silence, O God; do not hold thy peace, and do not be still, O God.

King James 2000 Bible
Keep not silence, O God: hold not your peace, and be not still, O God.

American King James Version
Keep not you silence, O God: hold not your peace, and be not still, O God.

American Standard Version
O God, keep not thou silence: Hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A canticle of a psalm for Asaph. O God, who shall be like to thee? hold not thy peace, neither be thou still, O God.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song; a Psalm of Asaph.} O God, keep not silence; hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God:

English Revised Version
A Song, a Psalm of Asaph. O God, keep not thou silence: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

Webster's Bible Translation
A song, or Psalm of Asaph. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

World English Bible
God, don't keep silent. Don't keep silent, and don't be still, God.

Young's Literal Translation
A Song, -- A Psalm of Asaph. O God, let there be no silence to Thee, Be not silent, nor be quiet, O God.
Study Bible
God, Don’t Keep Silent
1A Song, a Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. 2For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves.…
Cross References
Psalm 28:1
A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit.

Psalm 35:22
You have seen it, O LORD, do not keep silent; O Lord, do not be far from me.

Psalm 109:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. O God of my praise, Do not be silent!

Daniel 6:7
"All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions' den.
Treasury of Scripture

Keep not you silence, O God: hold not your peace, and be not still, O God.

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Psalm 28:1 To you will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if …

Psalm 35:22 This you have seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

Psalm 44:23 Awake, why sleep you, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour …

Psalm 109:1,2 Hold not your peace, O God of my praise…

be not

Isaiah 42:14 I have long time held my peace; I have been still, and refrained …

(1) Keep not thou silence, O God.--Literally, God, not silence to thee. (Comp. Isaiah 62:7; and see Note, Psalm 28:1.)

Verse 1. - Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. A crisis has come which calls for the Divine interference. If his people are to be saved, God must no longer sit still. Compare the frequent calls on God to "arise" (Psalm 3:7; Psalm 7:6; Psalm 44:26; Psalm 68:1, etc.). Keep not thou silence, O God,.... Which he is thought and said to do, when he does not answer the prayers of his people, nor plead their cause, nor rebuke their enemies; when he does not speak a good word to them, or one for them, or one against those that hate and persecute them;

hold not thy peace; or "be not deaf" (b) to the cries and tears of his people, and to the reproaches, menaces, and blasphemies of wicked men:

and be not still, O God; or "quiet" (c), at rest and ease, inactive and unconcerned, as if he cared not how things went; the reason follows.

(b) "ne obsurdescas", Vatablus; "ne surdum agas", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "ne quasi surdus et mutus sis", Michaelis. (c) "ne quiescas", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus; "neque quietus sis", Michaelis. 1 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.

Psalm 83:1

"Keep not thou silence, O God." Man is clamorous, be not thou speechless. He rails and reviles, wilt not thou reply? One word of thine can deliver thy people; therefore, O Lord, break thy quiet and let thy voice be heard. "Hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God." Here the appeal is to El, the Mighty One. He is entreated to act and speak, because his nation suffers and is in great jeopardy. Now entirely the Psalmist looks to God; he asks not for "a leader bold and brave," or for any form of human force, but casts his burden upon the Lord, being well assured that his eternal power and Godhead could meet every difficulty of the case.

Psalm 83:2

"For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult." They are by no means sparing of their words, they are like a hungry pack of dogs, all giving tongue at once. So sure are they of devouring thy people that they already shout over the feast. "And they that hate thee have lifted up the head." Confident of conquest, they carry themselves proudly and exalt themselves as if their anticipated victories were already obtained. These enemies of Israel were also God's enemies, and are here described as such by way of adding intensity to the argument of the intercession. The adversaries of the church are usually a noisy and a boastful crew. Their pride is a brass which always sounds, a cymbal which is ever tinkling.

Psalm 83:3

"They have taken crafty counsel against thy people." Whatever we may do, our enemies use their wits and lay their heads together; in united conclave they discourse upon the demands and plans of the campaign, using much treachery and serpentine cunning in arranging their schemes. Malice is cold-blooded enough to plot with deliberation; and pride, though it be never wise, is often allied with craft. "And consulted against thy hidden ones." Hidden away from all harm are the Lord's chosen; their enemies think not so, but hope to smite them; they might as well attempt to destroy the angels before the throne of God.

Psalm 83:4

"They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation." Easier said than done. Yet it shows how thorough-going are the foes of the church. Theirs was the policy of extermination. They laid the axe at the root of the matter. Rome has always loved this method of warfare, and hence she has gloated over the massacre of Bartholomew, and the murders of the Inquisition. "That the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance." They would blot them out of history as well as out of existence. Evil is intolerant of good. If Israel would let Edom alone yet Edom cannot be quiet, but seeks like its ancestor to kill the chosen of the Lord. Men would be glad to cast the church out of the world because it rebukes them, and is thus a standing menace to their sinful peace. PSALM 83

Ps 83:1-18. Of Asaph—(See on [615]Ps 74:1, title). The historical occasion is probably that of 2Ch 20:1, 2 (compare Ps 47:1-9; 48:1-14). After a general petition, the craft and rage of the combined enemies are described, God's former dealings recited, and a like summary and speedy destruction on them is invoked.

1. God addressed as indifferent (compare Ps 35:22; 39:12).

be not still—literally, "not quiet," as opposed to action.83:1-8 Sometimes God seems not to be concerned at the unjust treatment of his people. But then we may call upon him, as the psalmist here. All wicked people are God's enemies, especially wicked persecutors. The Lord's people are his hidden one; the world knows them not. He takes them under his special protection. Do the enemies of the church act with one consent to destroy it, and shall not the friends of the church be united? Wicked men wish that there might be no religion among mankind. They would gladly see all its restraints shaken off, and all that preach, profess, or practise it, cut off. This they would bring to pass if it were in their power. The enemies of God's church have always been many: this magnifies the power of the Lord in preserving to himself a church in the world.
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