Psalm 83:8
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New International Version
Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot's descendants.

New Living Translation
Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude

English Standard Version
Asshur also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah

New American Standard Bible
Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah.

King James Bible
Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even Assyria has joined them; they lend support to the sons of Lot. Selah

International Standard Version
Even Assyria joined them to strengthen the descendants of Lot. Interlude

NET Bible
Even Assyria has allied with them, lending its strength to the descendants of Lot. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
Assyria also is joined with them. They have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also the Assyrians have made agreement with them and they have been a help to the sons of Lot.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even Assyria has joined them. They helped the descendants of Lot. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Assyria also is joined with them; They have been an arm to the children of Lot. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Assyria also has joined with them;
            They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Assur also is joined with them: they are an arm unto the sons of Lot. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Assyria also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

American King James Version
Assur also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

American Standard Version
Assyria also is joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yea, and the Assyrian also is joined with them: they are come to the aid of the sons of Lot.

Darby Bible Translation
Asshur also is joined with them: they are an arm to the sons of Lot. Selah.

English Revised Version
Assyria also is joined with them; they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Assur also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

World English Bible
Assyria also is joined with them. They have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Asshur also is joined with them, They have been an arm to sons of Lot. Selah.
Study Bible
God, Don’t Keep Silent
7Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah. 9Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent of Kishon,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 2:9
"Then the LORD said to me, 'Do not harass Moab, nor provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the sons of Lot as a possession.

2 Kings 15:19
Pul, king of Assyria, came against the land, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver so that his hand might be with him to strengthen the kingdom under his rule.
Treasury of Scripture

Assur also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

Assur. Assur is the same in the original as Asshur, or Assyria.

Genesis 10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and built Nineveh, and the city …

Genesis 25:3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, …

holpen. Heb. been an arm to

Isaiah 33:2 O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for you: be you their arm …

the children

Genesis 19:37,38 And the first born bore a son, and called his name Moab: the same …

Deuteronomy 2:9 And the LORD said to me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend …

(8) Assur.--For the more usual Ashur, Assyria. Some, however, think the Syria is here intended, that name being, in the view of the Greek writers, a corruption of Assyria. ("The Greeks call them Syrians, but the Barbarians Assyrians."--Herod, vii., 63.) And even if etymologically incorrect, the error of the Greeks may have been consciously or unconsciously shared by the Jews, and the kingdom of the Seleucid be honoured by the name of the grander and more ancient power.

They have holpen.--See margin. And for the importance of the form of the statement see Introduction.

Children of Lot.--Ammon and Moab, who thus appear as the leaders of the confederacy.

Verse 8. - Assur also is joined with them. This is the climax. Assyria - the great empire - the most important of all the kingdoms of the earth - has joined the petty nations upon Israel's border, and holds a place in the great confederacy. From the historical books it would appear that this occurred but once, viz. in David's great war with the Ammonites and their allies (see the Introduction). They have holpen the children of Lot; i.e. the Moabites and Ammonites (comp. Genesis 19:37, 38; Deuteronomy 2:9, 19). Moab and Ammon would seem to have been the principal powers engaged in the confederacy. The others were their helpers. Assur also is joined with them,.... Before mentioned, or Assyria, though at so great a distance from Israel, and unprovoked by them: according to R. Joseph Kimchi, the sense is, that the Assyrians joined them, continuing in their wickedness, though their army had been destroyed by an angel in Hezekiah's time, of which they were unmindful; but this, as his son observes, makes this confederacy and war to be after the times of Hezekiah; whereas it was long before it: the Targum is,

"Sennacherib, king of Syria, is joined with them;''

and so some refer this to his invasion of Judea, and besieging Jerusalem, with an army consisting of many nations, in Hezekiah's time; but he was the principal there, and not an auxiliary, as here:

they have holpen the children of Lot; or were "an arm" (h) unto them, assisted and strengthened them: these were the Moabites and Ammonites, who were the principals in the war, and the rest auxiliaries, as it appears they were in the times of Jehoshaphat, 2 Chronicles 20:1, here were ten different nations, which joined in confederacy against the people of Israel; to which answer the ten horns of the beast, or ten antichristian kings, who agreed to give their kingdom to the beast, and to make war with the Lamb and his followers, Revelation 17:12, and it may be observed, that these were on all sides of the land of Israel; the Edomites, Ishmaelites, and Amalekites, were on the south; the Moabites, Ammonites, and Hagarenes, were on the east; the Assyrians on the north; and the Philistines, Gebalites, and Tyrians, on the west: so that Israel was surrounded on all sides with enemies, as the Lord's people are troubled on every side, 2 Corinthians 4:8, and so the Gog and Magog army, of which some understand this, will encompass the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city, Revelation 20:9.

Selah. See Gill on Psalm 3:2.

(h) "fuerunt brachium", Pagniuus, Montanus; "sunt brachium", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c. 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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