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Psalms 83:16

    Psalms 83:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek your name, O LORD.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Fill their faces with confusion, That they may seek thy name, O Jehovah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let their faces be full of shame; so that they may give honour to your name, O Lord.

    Webster's Revision

    Fill their faces with confusion, That they may seek thy name, O Jehovah.

    World English Bible

    Fill their faces with confusion, that they may seek your name, Yahweh.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Fill their faces with confusion; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 83:16

    That they may seek thy name - Let them be confounded in all their attempts on Israel; and see, so manifestly, that thou hast done it, that they may invoke thy name, and be converted to thee.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 83:16

    Fill their faces with shame - As those who are disappointed and foiled in their plans - such disappointment and confusion commonly manifesting itself in the face. The prayer here is, that their enemies might be so baffled in their designs - that they might be made so to feel how vain and hopeless were all their plans - that there might be such a manifest interposition of God in the case, as that they should be led to see that Yahweh reigned; that it was in vain to contend with him, and that his people were under his protection.

    That they may seek thy name, O Lord - That they may be led to seek thee. This explains the drift and design of the whole prayer in the psalm. It is not a malignant prayer for the destruction of their enemies; it is not a wish that they might be made to suffer; but it is a prayer that the divine dealing might be such as to lead them to the acknowledgment of the true God. It is a benevolent thing to desire that men may be brought to the knowledge of the true God, though it be through the discomfiture of their own plans, by defeat, or by suffering. Anything that leads people to an acquaintance with God, and results in securing his friendship and favor, is a gain, and will be cause of thankfulness in the end.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 83:16

    83:16 May seek - May own and worship thee as the only true God.