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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 33

Psalms 33:1

psa 33:1

A call to lively and joyous praise to God for His glorious attributes and works, as displayed in creation, and His general and special providence, in view of which, the Psalmist, for all the pious, professes trust and joy and invokes God's mercy. (Psa. 33:1-22)

The sentiment falls in with Psa 32:11 (compare Co1 14:15). The instruments (Psa 92:3; Psa 144:9) do not exclude the voice.

Psalms 33:3

psa 33:3

a new song--fresh, adapted to the occasion (Psa 40:3; Psa 96:1).

play skilfully--(Compare Sa1 16:17).

Psalms 33:4

psa 33:4

Reasons for praise: first, God's truth, faithfulness, and mercy, generally; then, His creative power which all must honor.

Psalms 33:6

psa 33:6

In "word" and "breath"--or, "spirit," there may be an allusion to the Son (Joh 1:1) and Holy Spirit.

Psalms 33:9

psa 33:9

he spake--literally, "said."

it was--The addition of "done" weakens the sense (compare Gen 1:3-10).

Psalms 33:10

psa 33:10

In God's providence He thwarts men's purposes and executes His own.

heathen--literally, "nations."

Psalms 33:12

psa 33:12

The inference from the foregoing in Psa 33:12 is illustrated by God's special providence, underlying which is His minute knowledge of all men.

Psalms 33:13

psa 33:13

looketh--intently (Isa 14:16).

Psalms 33:15

psa 33:15

fashioneth--or, "forms," and hence knows and controls (Pro 21:1).

alike--without exception.

considereth--or, "understands"; God knows men's motives.

Psalms 33:16

psa 33:16

Men's usual reliances in their greatest exigencies are, in themselves, useless.

Psalms 33:17

psa 33:17

On the war horse (compare Job 39:19-25).

a vain thing--a lie, which deceives us.

Psalms 33:18

psa 33:18

Contrasted is God's guidance and power to save from the greatest earthly evil and its most painful precursor, and hence from all.

Psalms 33:20

psa 33:20

waiteth--in earnest expectation.

Psalms 33:21

psa 33:21

his holy name--(Compare Psa 5:12; Psa 22:22; Psa 30:4). Our faith measures mercy (Mat 9:29); and if of grace, it is no more of debt (Rom 11:6).

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