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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Psalms 33



Verse 1

Rejoice = Shout for joy. Psalm 33 (without a title) is thus linked on to Psalms 32:11. Other links maybe noted: Compare Psalms 32:8 with Psalms 33:17; and Psalms 32:8 with Psalms 33:18, &c.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Verse 3

a new song. First occurrence of seven new songs in the O.T. (six in the Psalms: Psalms 33:3; Psalms 40:3; Psalms 96:1; Psalms 98:1; Psalms 144:9; Psalms 149:1; and one in Isaiah 42:10). Hebrew. hadash, new, unheard of before.

Verse 5

goodness = lovingkindness.

Verse 6

By the word, &c. Quoted in 2 Peter 3:5.

breath = spirit. Hebrew. ruach. App-9.

Verse 7

as an heap. Aramaean, Septuagint, and Syriac read "as a skin-bottle", taking the pointing as in Psalms 119:83. The Massoretic pointing refers it to Exodus 15:8.

depth = depths, or abysses.

Verse 8

world = world (as inhabited). Hebrew. tebel,

Verse 9

spake. Referring to the one act.

was done = it became. Refers to the permanent fact.

commanded. Refers to the one act.

stood fast. Refers to the abiding fact.

Verse 10

heathen = nations, or peoples.

Verse 12

Blessed = How happy. See App-63. Compare Psalms 144:15.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

Verse 13

the sons of men = humanity. Hebrew. adam (with Art.) App-14.

Verse 18

Behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

eye. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6. Some codices, with Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "eyes" (plural)

hope in = wait for.

mercy = lovingkindness, or grace.

Verse 19

deliver = rescue.

their soul = them themselves. Hebrew. nephesh (App-13),

Verse 20

Our soul = we ourselves. for emphasis.

shield. Hebrew. magen. See note on Psalms 5:12.

Verse 21

trusted = confided. Hebrew. batah. App-69.

holy. See note on Exodus 3:5.

name. See note on Psalms 20:1.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 33:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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