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Psalms 33

Introduction

1God is to be praised for his goodness;
6for his power;
12and for his providence.
20Confidence is to be placed in God.

Verse 1

Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
Rejoice
32:11; 97:12; 1 Corinthians 1:30,31; Philippians 4:4
ye righteous
118:15; Romans 3:10; 5:19
praise
50:14-16; 78:36,37; 135:3; 147:1; Proverbs 15:8
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 7:10 - glad; 2 Chronicles 29:30 - they sang; Psalm 9:11 - Sing; Psalm 30:4 - Sing; Psalm 34:3 - let us; Psalm 64:10 - righteous; Psalm 68:3 - But; Psalm 81:1 - make; Psalm 92:1 - good; Psalm 113:1 - O; Psalm 135:1 - Praise ye the Lord; Psalm 140:13 - Surely; Joel 2:23 - rejoice; Habakkuk 3:18 - I will rejoice; Luke 2:28 - and; Romans 5:11 - but we; Ephesians 5:4 - but; Philippians 3:1 - rejoice

Verse 2

Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Praise
81:2,3; 92:3; 98:4,5; 144:9; 149:3; 150:3-6; Exodus 15:20; 2 Samuel 6:5; 1 Chronicles 15:16,28; 25:3,6; Revelation 5:8; 14:2
with the psaltery
Benaivel √Ęsor, rather, "with the ten-stringed nabla;" see on 1 Ch 13:8.
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 15:21 - harps; Psalm 34:3 - let us; Psalm 108:2 - Awake; Psalm 113:1 - O; Psalm 135:1 - Praise ye the Lord; Psalm 137:2 - we hanged; Psalm 150:4 - stringed

Verse 3

Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
a new
96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Isaiah 42:10; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Revelation 5:9; 14:3
play
1 Chronicles 13:8; 15:22; 25:7; 2 Chronicles 34:12
Reciprocal: Psalm 40:3 - And he

Verse 4

For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
the word
12:6; 19:8; 119:75,128; Proverbs 30:5; Micah 2:7; Romans 7:12
all his
25:10; 36:5,6; 85:10,11; 96:13; Genesis 24:27; Deuteronomy 32:4; Daniel 4:37; John 14:6; Romans 15:8,9; Titus 1:2

Verse 5

He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
He
11:7; 45:7; 99:4; Hebrews 1:9; Revelation 15:3,4
earth
104:24; 119:64; 145:15,16; Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17
goodness
or, mercy.
Reciprocal: Isaiah 61:8 - I the Lord; Daniel 4:37 - all; 2 Thessalonians 1:5 - righteous

Verse 6

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
By the
9; 148:1-5; Genesis 1:1; 6:7; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:3; 2 Peter 3:5
the host
148:2,3; Genesis 2:1; Deuteronomy 4:19; Jeremiah 8:2; Romans 1:25
breath
104:30; Genesis 2:7; Job 26:13; 33:4; John 20:22
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:2 - Spirit; Genesis 1:3 - God; Genesis 1:6 - Let there; 2 Chronicles 2:12 - that made heaven; Nehemiah 9:6 - thou hast; Job 9:8 - Which; Psalm 8:3 - work; Psalm 19:1 - The heavens; Psalm 24:2 - For; Psalm 103:21 - all ye his hosts; Psalm 136:5 - General; Psalm 146:6 - made heaven; Psalm 148:5 - for he; Proverbs 8:27 - he prepared; Isaiah 34:16 - my mouth; Isaiah 42:5 - he that giveth; Jeremiah 10:12 - hath made; John 1:3 - General; Acts 7:50 - General; Acts 14:15 - which; Romans 1:20 - from the; Romans 11:36 - of him; Ephesians 3:9 - created; 1 John 5:7 - The Father; Revelation 14:7 - worship

Verse 7

He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
He gathereth
104:6-9; Genesis 1:9,10; Job 26:10; 38:8-11; Proverbs 8:29; Jeremiah 5:22
heap
Exodus 15:8; Joshua 3:13,16; Habakkuk 3:15
Reciprocal: Genesis 7:11 - all; Job 26:13 - his spirit; Job 38:22 - General; Psalm 95:5 - The sea is his; Psalm 104:9 - hast set

Verse 8

Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
the earth
22:27; 96:9,10; Jeremiah 10:7-12; Daniel 6:25,26; Revelation 14:6,7; 15:4
stand
76:7; Hebrews 12:29
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 17:4 - I have commanded; Psalm 4:4 - Stand; Daniel 4:35 - the inhabitants

Verse 9

For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
For
6; 148:5,6; Genesis 1:3; Hebrews 11:3
and it stood
93:5; 119:90,91; Colossians 1:16,17; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 4:11
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:1 - God; Genesis 1:6 - Let there; Genesis 2:1 - host; Numbers 20:8 - speak; 2 Samuel 17:14 - appointed; 1 Kings 17:4 - I have commanded; 2 Kings 19:15 - thou hast made; 1 Chronicles 16:30 - stable; Psalm 29:4 - powerful; Psalm 78:23 - Though; Psalm 90:2 - or ever; Psalm 104:5 - Who laid the foundations of the earth; Psalm 135:6 - Whatsoever; Psalm 147:15 - sendeth; Isaiah 34:16 - my mouth; Lamentations 3:37 - saith; Ezekiel 24:14 - the Lord; Daniel 4:35 - and he; Jonah 2:10 - General; Matthew 8:3 - I will; Matthew 8:8 - but; Mark 1:41 - I; Mark 1:42 - immediately; Mark 5:41 - Damsel; Mark 7:35 - General; Mark 10:52 - he received; Luke 5:13 - I will; Luke 5:25 - immediately; Luke 7:7 - but; Luke 7:14 - Young; Luke 18:42 - Receive; John 4:53 - at the; John 11:44 - he that

Verse 10

The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
The Lord
2:1-4; 9:15; Exodus 1:10-12; 2 Samuel 15:31,34; 17:14,23; Job 5:12,13; Proverbs 21:30; Isaiah 7:5-7; 8:9,10; 19:3,11-14; 44:23
bringeth
Heb. maketh frustrate.
Isaiah 44:25
he maketh
21:11; 140:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 11:7 - confound; Numbers 22:20 - but yet; Numbers 22:38 - have I:1 Kings 14:6 - thou wife; 2 Chronicles 11:1 - an hundred; 2 Chronicles 22:11 - she slew him not; Nehemiah 4:15 - God; Job 18:7 - his own; Proverbs 19:21 - many; Isaiah 14:24 - Surely; Isaiah 25:1 - thy counsels; Jeremiah 19:7 - I will make; Jeremiah 48:30 - his lies shall not so effect it; Jeremiah 50:45 - hear; Daniel 11:36 - for; Amos 5:5 - come; Obadiah 1:8 - even; Nahum 1:9 - do; Matthew 2:8 - go; Luke 1:51 - he hath scattered; John 7:53 - General; Acts 5:23 - The prison; Acts 5:38 - for; 1 Corinthians 2:6 - come; Galatians 2:21 - do not; Galatians 3:17 - none

Verse 11

The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
The counsel
Job 23:13; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 14:24,27; 46:10; Lamentations 3:37; Ezekiel 38:10-23; Daniel 4:37; Acts 4:27,28; Ephesians 1:11
thoughts
92:5; Isaiah 55:8,9; Jeremiah 29:11; Micah 4:12
all generations
Heb. generation and generation.
Acts 15:18
Reciprocal: Numbers 22:20 - but yet; 2 Kings 19:25 - Hast thou not; 2 Chronicles 11:4 - for this thing; Nehemiah 4:15 - God; Job 5:12 - disappointeth; Psalm 135:6 - Whatsoever; Ecclesiastes 3:14 - whatsoever; Isaiah 7:7 - General; Isaiah 8:10 - counsel; Isaiah 25:1 - thy counsels; Jeremiah 19:7 - I will make; Jeremiah 44:28 - shall know; Jeremiah 49:20 - the counsel; Jeremiah 50:45 - hear; Zechariah 6:1 - and the; Zechariah 8:14 - As; Matthew 2:8 - go; Luke 2:6 - so; Acts 5:38 - for; Acts 27:1 - when; Ephesians 1:9 - purposed; Hebrews 6:17 - the immutability

Verse 12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Blessed
144:15; 147:19,20; Exodus 19:5,6; Deuteronomy 33:29
people
65:4; 135:4; Deuteronomy 7:6-8; John 15:16; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:9
his own
28:9; Jeremiah 10:16; Titus 2:14
Reciprocal: Exodus 34:9 - take us; Leviticus 18:2 - General; Deuteronomy 4:20 - a people; 2 Chronicles 6:29 - what prayer; Psalm 74:2 - thine; Psalm 146:5 - Happy; Isaiah 41:8 - thou; Isaiah 43:20 - my chosen; Isaiah 51:4 - O my; Jeremiah 51:19 - the rod; Ezekiel 20:5 - In the; 1 Peter 5:3 - heritage

Verse 13

The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
looketh
11:4; 14:2; 102:19; Genesis 6:12; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Job 28:24; Proverbs 15:3; Lamentations 3:50
beholdeth
53:2; Jeremiah 23:23,24; Hebrews 4:13
Reciprocal: Genesis 11:5 - General; 1 Kings 8:30 - and hear; 2 Chronicles 6:29 - what prayer; Psalm 66:7 - his eyes; Psalm 80:14 - look down; Jeremiah 32:19 - for

Verse 14

From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
123:1; 1 Kings 8:27,30; Isaiah 57:15; 66:1; Luke 11:2; 1 Timothy 6:16
Reciprocal: Genesis 6:12 - God; Genesis 11:5 - General; Job 22:14 - General; Psalm 14:2 - The Lord; Psalm 53:2 - looked; Psalm 68:5 - in his; Psalm 102:19 - For he; Isaiah 63:15 - down; Daniel 4:35 - the inhabitants

Verse 15

He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
fashioneth
Proverbs 22:2; 27:19; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Isaiah 64:8; Acts 17:26
considereth
44:21; Job 11:11; 34:21,22; Proverbs 24:12; Jeremiah 32:19; Hosea 7:2; 1 Corinthians 4:5
Reciprocal: Job 34:25 - he knoweth; Luke 11:40 - did

Verse 16

There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
no king
44:3,6,7; Exodus 14:17,18,28; Joshua 11:4-8; Judges 7:2,12-25; 1 Samuel 14:8-16; 1 Kings 20:10,27-29; 2 Chronicles 14:9-13; 20:12,23; 32:8,9,21
mighty
Joshua 14:12; 1 Samuel 17:4,45-49; 2 Samuel 21:16-22; Jeremiah 9:23
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 20:1 - horses; Judges 1:10 - Sheshai; Judges 7:4 - people; Judges 20:21 - destroyed; 1 Samuel 2:9 - by strength; 1 Samuel 17:47 - saveth not; 2 Samuel 8:4 - chariots; 1 Kings 20:20 - the Syrians; 1 Chronicles 18:4 - David; 1 Chronicles 19:18 - fled before Israel; 2 Chronicles 11:1 - an hundred; 2 Chronicles 13:8 - a great multitude; 2 Chronicles 25:8 - God hath power; Job 36:19 - nor all; Job 39:11 - trust; Psalm 20:7 - Some trust; Psalm 127:1 - The Lord; Psalm 144:10 - that giveth; Psalm 147:10 - delighteth; Ecclesiastes 9:11 - that the race; Isaiah 31:1 - stay on horses; Isaiah 40:30 - General; Jeremiah 46:6 - not; Jeremiah 48:14 - We; Daniel 11:11 - the multitude; Hosea 1:7 - by bow; Hosea 10:13 - in the; Amos 2:15 - neither; Micah 5:10 - that I; Nahum 3:10 - she carried; Zechariah 4:6 - might; Zechariah 10:5 - and the riders on horses shall be confounded

Verse 17

An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
An horse
20:7; Judges 4:15; 2 Kings 7:6,7; Proverbs 21:31; Ecclesiastes 9:11; Isaiah 30:16; Hosea 14:3
his great
147:10; Job 39:19-25
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 20:1 - horses; Judges 1:10 - Sheshai; Judges 5:22 - horsehoofs; 1 Samuel 2:9 - by strength; 1 Samuel 17:47 - saveth not; 2 Samuel 8:4 - chariots; 1 Chronicles 18:4 - David; Job 36:19 - nor all; Job 39:11 - trust; Psalm 44:6 - General; Isaiah 31:1 - stay on horses; Isaiah 31:3 - their horses; Jeremiah 9:23 - neither; Jeremiah 46:6 - not; Daniel 11:11 - the multitude; Amos 2:15 - neither; Micah 5:10 - that I; Nahum 3:10 - she carried

Verse 18

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
the eye
34:15-20; 147:11; Job 36:7; 1 Peter 3:12
hope
13:5; 52:8; Romans 4:4-8; Hebrews 6:18
Reciprocal: Genesis 7:1 - thee; Deuteronomy 11:12 - the eyes; Judges 18:6 - before; Ezra 5:5 - But the eye; Ezra 8:22 - The hand; Psalm 11:7 - his; Psalm 32:8 - I will guide; Psalm 58:11 - verily he; Psalm 115:11 - General; Psalm 132:15 - I will satisfy; Proverbs 19:23 - fear; Proverbs 21:31 - horse; Isaiah 33:16 - bread; Jeremiah 37:21 - and that; Jeremiah 39:18 - because; Lamentations 3:24 - therefore; Ezekiel 14:20 - by; Daniel 3:28 - that trusted; Malachi 3:16 - that feared; Matthew 6:11 - General; Acts 12:11 - and hath; Romans 8:24 - saved

Verse 19

To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
To deliver
91:3-7,10; John 10:28,30
to keep
37:3,19; Job 5:19-22; Proverbs 10:3; Isaiah 33:16; Matthew 6:31-33
Reciprocal: Genesis 7:1 - thee; Genesis 41:34 - and take; Ezra 8:22 - The hand; Esther 6:4 - to speak; Job 5:20 - famine; Psalm 41:2 - preserve; Psalm 66:12 - but thou; Psalm 132:15 - I will satisfy; Proverbs 19:23 - fear; Isaiah 58:11 - and satisfy; Jeremiah 37:21 - and that; Ezekiel 14:20 - by; Matthew 6:11 - General; Hebrews 2:15 - deliver

Verse 20

Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
soul
27:14; 62:1,2,5,6; 130:5,6; Isaiah 40:31
he is
115:9-12; 144:1,2; 1 Chronicles 5:20
Reciprocal: Psalm 25:3 - wait; Isaiah 8:17 - I will; Hosea 13:9 - but; Zechariah 4:6 - might; Hebrews 13:6 - The Lord

Verse 21

For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
For
13:5; 28:7; 30:10-12; 32:10,11; Isaiah 25:9; Zechariah 10:7; John 16:22
his
1 Chronicles 16:10,35; Luke 1:47-50; Revelation 4:8
Reciprocal: Psalm 35:9 - General; Psalm 89:16 - name; Psalm 115:9 - their help; Daniel 3:28 - that trusted; Zechariah 4:6 - might

Verse 22

Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
5:11,12; 13:5; 32:10; 119:49,76; Matthew 9:29 Reciprocal: Psalm 147:11 - fear; Romans 8:24 - saved

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 33". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-33.html.