John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible

PSALM LXXXIII. Chapter Overview

A remonstrance of the designs and endeavours of Israel's enemies, verse 1-8.
A prayer, that God would defeat them, preserve his church, and get himself glory, verse 9-18.
A song or psalm of Asaph.

Verse 3
Hidden ones - Thy people of Israel, who are called God's hidden or secret ones, to intimate the respect which God has to them, as to his peculiar treasure.

Verse 6
The tabernacles - The people dwelling in them. Ishmaelites - Some of the posterity of Ishmael, called by their father's name, as others of them are supposed to be called Hagarens from their grandmother Hagar.

Verse 7
Gebal - An Arabian people so called by ancient writers dwelling in the southern border of Canaan, where most of the people here mentioned had their abode.

Verse 8
Of Lot - Moab and Ammon.

Verse 13
A wheel - Whereas they promise to themselves a sure possession, let them be like a wheel, which is very unstable, and soon removed.

Verse 14
The mountains - The woods upon the mountains, which in those hot countries, when they have once taken fire, burn with irresistible violence.

Verse 16
May seek - May own and worship thee as the only true God.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 83". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <>. 1765.