The English Bible is a secondary source for Bible study. Originally, the Bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The overall purpose of these posts is to encourage the study of the Bible in the biblical languages. Copyright, Dennis O. Wretlind, 2013.
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of
6By the word of the LORD the heavens were
And by the breath of His mouth all their
7He gathers the waters of the sea together as
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
8Let all the earth fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand
in awe of Him.
9For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
10The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11The counsel of the LORD stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to
12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
The people whom He has chosen for His own
13The LORD looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
14From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15He who fashions the hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.
16The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great
17A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great
18Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
20Our soul waits for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.
21For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
22Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.
of the Metric Center on the Psalm’s Development
33 falls into the literary category of Descriptive Praise. Such a Psalm
has two basic parts: “the summons to praise and the unfolding of that praise”
(Westermann, The Psalms, 85). Westermann (The Psalms, 94)
outlines the Psalm with these particulars: Summons to praise (1-2) and God’s
activity (4-19) with verses 10-12 serving as a transition from God’s transcendent
activities in the world, creation and absolute sovereignty, to His immanent
activities in relationship to His people, deliverance and preservation. To once
again use Westermann’s words (Praise and Lament in the Psalms, 236),
“This section [verses 10-12] is transitional, leading to the development of the
grace of God (13-19).” Craigie (Psalms, 273) comes to a similar
conclusion, “(33:10-12). There is now a transition from the praise of God in
creation to the praise of God in his control of human history.”
transitional verses 10 and 11 reveal two distinct contrasts touching on
Yahweh’s immanent activities: (1) the “counsel of the nations” and the “counsel
of the Lord, and (2) the “plans of the peoples” and the “plans of His heart.”
Not only does Yahweh reign broadly over the whole of creation (verses 1-9) but
also narrowly over the inward plans and thoughts of peoples and nations. See
also Bratcher and Rayburn, A Translator's Handbook on the Book
of Psalms, 314. It is this narrower aspect that comprises verses 13-19.
Verses 13-15 highlight Yahweh’s involvements in human activities, and verses
16-19 explains that mankind’s safety and well-being rests in the power of God
and not in human efforts. Finally, verses 20-22 flow naturally into praise of
the Creator and Sustainer echoing verse 12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is
the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”