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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 33:12-22

We are here taught to give to God the glory, I. Of his common providence towards all the children of men. Though he has endued man with understanding and freedom of will, yet he reserves to himself the government of him, and even of those very faculties by which he is qualified to govern himself. 1. The children of men are all under his eye, even their hearts are so; and all the motions and operations of their souls, which none know but they themselves, he knows better than they themselves,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 33:13

The Lord looketh from heaven ,.... Where his throne and temple are, upon the earth and men, and things in it, as follows; he beholdeth all the sons of men ; the evil and the good; which is contrary to the sense of many wicked men, who imagine he takes no notice of what is done here below; but his eye is upon all, upon all the workers of iniquity, how secret soever they may be; and not only his eye of Providence is upon good men, but his eye of love, grace, and mercy; and he has a special... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 33:13

The Lord looketh from heaven - This and the following verse seem to refer to God's providence. He sees all that is done in the earth, and his eye is on all the children of men. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 33:13

Verse 13 13.Jehovah looked down from heaven. The Psalmist still proceeds with the same doctrine, namely, that human affairs are not tossed hither and thither fortuitously, but that God secretly guides and directs all that we see taking place. Now he here commends God’s inspection of all things, that we on our part may learn to behold, and to contemplate with the eye of faith, his invisible providence. There are, no doubt, evident proofs of it continually before our eyes; but the great majority... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 33:1-22

As a simple psalm of praise and thanksgiving, intended for the service of the temple, it is well worthy of admiration, being "singularly bright, and replete with beautiful imagery" ('Speaker's Commentary'). Metrically, it consists of six strophes, the first and last containing three verses each, and the intermediate ones each four verses. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 33:1-22

Joy in God. In this section of the Commentary we aim at discovering the unity of the psalm, and of dealing with it accordingly, reserving the treatment of specific verses as separate texts, for another department. This psalm has neither title nor author's name appended thereto. It is manifestly an outburst of glad and gladdening song from some Old Testament believer, and is a glorious anticipation of Philippians 4:4 . It is refreshing to the spirit to find that in the olden times there... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 33:1-22

This is a hymn of praise to God, as at once the Almighty Creator and Ruler of the world, and the Protector of his chosen people. Psalms 33:12 may he regarded as the pivot on which the whole psalm turns. What was true ideally, and in part of Israel, is true in fact and perfectly of God's people. "Blessed"— I. BECAUSE THE LORD IS THEIR GOD . The prophets delight to mark the contrast between the gods of the heathen and Jehovah ( Deuteronomy 32:31 ; Psalms 86:8 ; Isaiah... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 33:12-19

Further reasons for praising God are now assigned, the recitation of them being itself a sort of praise. 1 . God has Blessed especially one nation—the nation now called upon to praise him ( Psalms 33:12 ). 2 . His providence and care are extended over all mankind ( Psalms 33:13 , Psalms 33:14 ). 3 . His gracious influences are poured out on the hearts of all ( Psalms 33:15 ). 4 . He is the sole Protector and Deliverer of men from danger and death ( Psalms 33:16-19 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 33:12-22

What God's people possess in him. The call to praise God is supported by a setting forth of that which his people possess in him. The theme of this second part of the psalm is set forth in the twelfth verse, "Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah." I. BECAUSE GOD IS THE CREATOR HE HAS THE MOST PERFECT KNOWLEDGE . ( Psalms 33:13-15 .) He not only observes men's doings, but knows their hearts, as having created them. You cannot know a man perfectly from... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 33:13

The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men (comp. Psalms 11:4 : Psalms 14:2 ; Psalms 102:19 ). God's having any care at all for man is a wondrous condescension, and so worthy of all praise; his having regard to all men—all the frail sons of weak and sinful Adam—is still more wonderful, still more deserving of eulogy. read more

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