Psalm 33

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Psalm 33 is the 33rd psalm from the Book of Psalms. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 32 in a slightly different numbering system.


In the International Critical Commentary series, Charles and Emilie Briggs described it as follows: "Ps. 33 is a song of praise. (1) A call to worship in the temple with song, music, and shouting (v.1-3), because of the righteousness and kindness of Yahweh (v.4-5). (2) All mankind are called to fear Yahweh, the creator of all things, and disposer of all nations (v.6-10). (3) Yahweh from His heavenly throne inspects all mankind (v.13-15); and victory is not due to armies or warriors (v.16-17). (4) He delivereth those who fear Him (v.18-19); therefore his people long for Him, are glad in him, and trust in His name for victory (v.20-22). A gloss praises the plans of Yahweh as everlastingly secure, and also the happiness of His people (v.11-12)."[1]

Psalm 33 does not contain an ascription to any particular author in the Hebrew text, though the Greek Septuagint ascribes it to David.[2] The Briggses suggest that it dates to the time of the Maccabees.[2]



New Testament[edit]

  • Psalm 33:6 "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made"[12] is alluded to in Hebrews 11:3 "By faith we know the universe was made by God's command".[13]


  1. ^ Briggs, Briggs & 1960 [1906], pp. 284-5.
  2. ^ a b Briggs, Briggs & 1960 [1906], p. 286.
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 386
  4. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 770
  5. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 329
  6. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 405
  7. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 66
  8. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah page 111
  9. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 64
  10. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 137
  11. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 265
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  • Charles Augustus Briggs; Emilie Grace Briggs (1960) [1906]. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Psalms. International Critical Commentary. 1. Edinburgh: T & T Clark.
  • Nosson Scherman, The Complete Artscroll Siddur (1984), Mesorah Publications, ISBN 978-0899066509.

External links[edit]

  • Psalm 33 in Hebrew and English - Mechon-mamre
  • Psalm 33 King James Bible - Wikisource