Psalm 83:3
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English Standard Version
They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones.

King James Bible
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

American Standard Version
Thy take crafty counsel against thy people, And consult together against thy hidden ones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have taken a malicious counsel against thy people, and have consulted against thy saints.

English Revised Version
They take crafty counsel against thy people, and consult together against thy hidden ones.

Webster's Bible Translation
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

What now follows in Psalm 82:5 is not a parenthetical assertion of the inefficiency with which the divine correction rebounds from the judges and rulers. In connection with this way of taking Psalm 82:5, the manner in which the divine language is continued in Psalm 82:6 is harsh and unadjusted. God Himself speaks in Psalm 82:5 of the judges, but reluctantly alienated from them; and confident of the futility of all attempts to make them better, He tells them their sentence in Psalm 82:6. The verbs in Psalm 82:5 are designedly without any object: complaint of the widest compass is made over their want of reason and understanding; and ידעו takes the perfect form in like manner to ἐγνώκασι, noverunt, cf. Psalm 14:1; Isaiah 44:18. Thus, then, no result is to be expected from the divine admonition: they still go their ways in this state of mental darkness, and that, as the Hithpa. implies, stalking on in carnal security and self-complacency. The commands, however, which they transgress are the foundations (cf. Psalm 11:3), as it were the shafts and pillars (Psalm 75:4, cf. Proverbs 29:4), upon which rests the permanence of all earthly relationships with are appointed by creation and regulated by the Tτra. Their transgression makes the land, the earth, to totter physically and morally, and is the prelude of its overthrow. When the celestial Lord of the domain thinks upon this destruction which injustice and tyranny are bringing upon the earth, His wrath kindles, and He reminds the judges and rulers that it is His own free declaratory act which has clothed them with the god-like dignity which they bear. They are actually elohim, but not possessed of the right of self-government; there is a Most High (עליון) to whom they as sons are responsible. The idea that the appellation elohim, which they have given to themselves, is only sarcastically given back to them in Psalm 82:1 (Ewald, Olshausen), is refuted by Psalm 82:6, according to which they are really elohim by the grace of God. But if their practice is not an Amen to this name, then they shall be divested of the majesty which they have forfeited; they shall be divested of the prerogative of Israel, whose vocation and destiny they have belied. They shall die off כּאדם, like common men not rising in any degree above the mass (cf. בּני אדם, opp. בּני אישׁ, Psalm 4:3; Psalm 49:3); they shall fall like any one (Judges 16:7, Obadiah 1:11) of the princes who in the course of history have been cast down by the judgment of God (Hosea 7:7). Their divine office will not protect them. For although justitia civilis is far from being the righteousness that avails before God, yet injustitia civilis is in His sight the vilest abomination.

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Psalm 10:9 He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to catch the poor: he does catch the poor...

Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Psalm 64:2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

1 Samuel 13:19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

Isaiah 7:6,7 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the middle of it...

Luke 20:20-23 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words...

thy hidden

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me...

Psalm 31:20 You shall hide them in the secret of your presence from the pride of man...

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Cross References
Joshua 9:2
they gathered together as one to fight against Joshua and Israel.

Nehemiah 4:8
And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it.

Psalm 27:5
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

Psalm 31:20
In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.

Psalm 64:2
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers,

Psalm 71:10
For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together

Isaiah 29:15
Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?"

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