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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 33:1-11

Four things the psalmist expresses in these verses: I. The great desire he had that God might be praised. He did not think he did it so well himself, but that he wished others also might be employed in this work; the more the better, in this concert: it is the more like heaven. 1. Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon all good people (Ps. 33:1): Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous; so the foregoing psalm concluded and so this begins; for all our religious... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 33:9

For he spake, and it was done ,.... Or "it was" F1 ויהי "et fuit", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Gejerus; so Ainsworth. , it came into being by a word speaking, almighty power going along with it; see Genesis 1:3 ; he commanded, and it stood fast ; every created thing continued in its being; not only all things were produced into being by his all commanding word and power, "nutu Jovis", as Maximus Tyrius speaks F2 Dissert. 25. ; but by the same all things are upheld and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 33:1-11

A call to praise God. The psalm is anonymous, and was composed apparently to celebrate some deliverance of the nation from heathen oppression, resulting from God's interposition and without war. Psalms 33:1-3 are a summons to praise God, the song to be accompanied with instrumental music. God is to be praised— I. AS THE GOD OF REVELATION . ( Psalms 33:4 , Psalms 33:5 .) 1 . His Word is upright, always fulfilling itself. 2 . All his conduct is faithful and... 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 33:8-11

From the exhortation in Psalms 33:1 , addressed to the righteous, to praise the Lord, the psalmist passes now to a second exhortation, addressed to all mankind, to fear the Lord. And as before in Psalms 33:4-7 , so now in veto. 9-11, he assigns reasons. God is to be feared read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 33:9

For he spake, and it was done ; rather, and it was ; the thing of which he spake at once existed. See the passage of Genesis which Longinus thought so striking an instance of the sublime, "And God said, Let there be light; and there was light" ( Genesis 1:8 ). He commanded, and it stood fast ; literally, and it stood . God's lightest word, once uttered, is a standing law, to which nature absolutely conforms, and man ought to conform (comp. Psalms 119:90 , Psalms 119:91 ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 33:9

For he spake, and it was done - The word “done,” introduced here by our translators, enfeebles the sentence. It would be made more expressive and sublime as it is in the original: “He spake, and it was.” That is, Its existence depended on his word; the universe sprang into being at his command; he had only to speak, and it arose in all its grandeur where before there was nothing. There is here an undoubted allusion to the account in Genesis of the work of creation - where the statement is that... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 33:8-9

Psalms 33:8-9. Let the earth fear the Lord All the people of the earth, as the next clause expounds this; not only Jews, but also Gentiles, who equally enjoy the benefit of this great and glorious work of God. For he spake, and it was done The work mentioned Psalms 33:6-7. He commanded, and it stood fast Hebrew יעמד , jagnamad, it stood forth, as a servant at his master’s command, prepared to do his will, and to execute his pleasure. read more

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