Psalm 83:9
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New International Version
Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,

New Living Translation
Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

English Standard Version
Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,

Berean Study Bible
Do to them as You did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the River Kishon,

New American Standard Bible
Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent of Kishon,

King James Bible
Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

Christian Standard Bible
Deal with them as you did with Midian, as you did with Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

Contemporary English Version
Our Lord, punish all of them as you punished Midian. Destroy them, as you destroyed Sisera and Jabin at Kishon Creek

Good News Translation
Do to them what you did to the Midianites, and to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Deal with them as You did with Midian, as You did with Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

International Standard Version
Deal with them as you did to Midian, Sisera, and Jabin at the Kishon Brook.

NET Bible
Do to them as you did to Midian--as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River!

New Heart English Bible
Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do to them as to Midian and as to Sisera and as to Nabin in the valley of Qishon,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do to them what you did to Midian, to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Do Thou unto them as unto Midian; As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook Kishon;

New American Standard 1977
Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera and Jabin, at the torrent of Kishon,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do unto them as unto the Midianites, as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison,

King James 2000 Bible
Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kishon:

American King James Version
Do to them as to the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

American Standard Version
Do thou unto them as unto Midian, As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do to them as thou didst to Madian and to Sisara: as to Jabin at the brook of Cisson.

Darby Bible Translation
Do unto them as to Midian; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the torrent of Kishon:

English Revised Version
Do thou unto them as unto Midian; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon:

Webster's Bible Translation
Do to them as to the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

World English Bible
Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the river Kishon;

Young's Literal Translation
Do to them as to Midian, As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the stream Kishon.
Study Bible
Do Not Be Still, O God
8Even Assyria has joined them, lending strength to the sons of Lot. Selah 9Do to them as You did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the River Kishon, 10who perished at Endor and became like dung on the ground.…
Cross References
Judges 4:7
And I will draw out Sisera the commander of Jabin's army, his chariots, and his troops to the River Kishon, and I will deliver him into your hands.'"

Judges 4:15
And in front of him the LORD routed with the sword Sisera, all his charioteers, and all his army. Sisera abandoned his chariot and fled on foot.

Judges 4:16
Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth-hagoyim, and the whole army of Sisera fell by the sword; not a single man was left.

Judges 7:1
Early in the morning Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the men with him camped beside the spring of Harod. And the camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh.

Treasury of Scripture

Do to them as to the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

as unto

Numbers 31:7,8 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; …

Judges 7:22-25 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's …

Isaiah 9:4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his …

Isaiah 10:26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a whip for him according to the …

as to Sisera

Judges 4:15-24 And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his …

of Kison. The variations of Kison and Kishon only exists in the translation; the original being uniformly Kishon.

Judges 5:21 The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river …







(9-12) For the historical allusion see references in margin. The splendid victories of Barak and Gideon were the constant theme of poets and prophets when trying to encourage their own generation by the examples of the past. (See Isaiah 9:4; Isaiah 10:26; Habakkuk 3:7.)

Verse 9. - Do unto them as unto the Midianites. The allusion is probably to the discomfiture of the Midianites by Gideon (Judges 7:19-25; Judges 8:1-12). As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison (see Judges 4:5). Do unto them as unto the Midianites,.... In the times of Gideon, who destroyed one another, trod in whose destruction the hand of the Lord was very visible, Judges 7:20, and much in the same manner was the confederate army of the Moabites, Ammonites, and others, destroyed in the times of Jehoshaphat, 2 Chronicles 20:20,

as to Sisera, as to Jabin: Jabin was a king of Canaan, who oppressed Israel, and Sisera was his general; the latter was slain by a woman, Jael, the wife of Heber; and the former the hand of Israel prevailed against, until they destroyed him, Judges 4:2, the great victory which they obtained over them was

at the brook of Kison, or "Kishon", Judges 4:7 with this compare 2 Chronicles 20:16. 9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison '

10 Which perished at En-dor: 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;

15 So persecute them with thy tempest and make them afraid with thy storm.

Psalm 83:9

"Do unto them as unto the Midianites." Faith delights to light upon precedents, and quote them before the Lord; in the present instance, Asaph found a very appropriate one, for the nations in both cases were very much the same, and the plight of the Israelites very similar. Yet Midian perished, and the Psalmist trusted that Israel's present foes would meet with the like overthrow from the hand of the Lord. "As to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison." The hosts were swept away by the suddenly swollen torrent, and utterly perished; which was a second instance of divine vengeance upon confederated enemies of Israel. When God wills it, a brook can be as deadly as a sea. Kishon was as terrible to Jabin as was the Red Sea to Pharaoh. How easily can the Lord smite the enemies of his people. God of Gideon and of Barak, wilt thou not again avenge thine heritage of their bloodthirsty foes?

Psalm 83:10

"Which perished at En-dor." There was the centre of the carnage, where the heaps of the slain lay thickest. "They became as dung for the earth," manuring it with man; making the earth, like Saturn, feed on its own children. War is cruel, but in this case its avengements were most just, - those who would not give Israel a place above ground are themselves denied a hiding-place under the ground; they counted God's people to be as dung, and they became dung themselves. Asaph would have the same fate befall other enemies of Israel; and his prayer was a prophecy, for so it happened to them.

Psalm 83:11

"Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb." Smite the great ones as well as the common ruck. Suffer not the ringleaders to escape. As Oreb fell at the rock and Zeeb at the winepress, so do thou mete out vengeance to Zion's foes wherever thou mayest overtake them. They boastfully compare themselves to ravens and wolves; let them receive the fate which is due to such wild beasts. "Yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna." These were captured and slain by Gideon, despite their claiming to have been anointed to the kingdom. Zebah became a sacrifice, and Zalmunna was sent to those shadowy images from which his name is derived. The Psalmist seeing these four culprits hanging in history upon a lofty gallows, earnestly asks that others of a like character may, for truth and righteousness' sake, share their fate.

Psalm 83:12

continued...9-11. Compare the similar fate of these (2Ch 20:23) with that of the foes mentioned in Jud 7:22, here referred to. They destroyed one another (Jud 4:6-24; 7:25). Human remains form manure (compare 2Ki 9:37; Jer 9:22).83:9-18 All who oppose the kingdom of Christ may here read their doom. God is the same still that ever he was; the same to his people, and the same against his and their enemies. God would make their enemies like a wheel; unsettled in all their counsels and resolves. Not only let them be driven away as stubble, but burnt as stubble. And this will be the end of wicked men. Let them be made to fear thy name, and perhaps that will bring them to seek thy name. We should desire no confusion to our enemies and persecutors but what may forward their conversion. The stormy tempest of Divine vengeance will overtake them, unless they repent and seek the pardoning mercy of their offended Lord. God's triumphs over his enemies, clearly prove that he is, according to his name JEHOVAH, an almighty Being, who has all power and perfection in himself. May we fear his wrath, and yield ourselves to be his willing servants. And let us seek deliverance by the destruction of our fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
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