Psalm 33 – “Pedagogic Hymn”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The people praise God’s power over mankind.

II. Photo
The people praise God: “The Lord looks down from heaven, he sees all mankind.” (v. 13)

III. Select Verses
1-3: Sing forth, O you righteous, to the LORD; it is fit that the upright acclaim Him. Praise the LORD with the lyre; with the ten-stringed harp sing to Him; sing Him a new song; play sweetly with shouts of joy.
10: The LORD frustrates the plans of nations, brings to naught the designs of peoples.
12: Happy the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen to be His own.
13-15: The LORD looks down from heaven; He sees all mankind. From His dwelling-place He gazes on all the inhabitants of the earth — He who fashions the hearts of them all, who discerns all their doings.
16-19: Kings are not delivered by a large force; warriors are not saved by great strength; horses are a false hope for deliverance; for all their great power they provide no escape. Truly the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, who wait for His faithful care to save them from death, to sustain them in famine.

IV. Outline
1-3. Joyous call to praise
4-5. Rationale: God is just
6-7. Rationale: God created the heavens and controls the sea
8. Exhortation to praise
9. Rationale: God’s word endures
10. Lesson: God ruins the plans of the nations
11. Lesson: God’s word endures
12. Beatitude: God’s nation
13-15. God rules all mankind
16-17. Man cannot be saved on their own
18-19. God saves those who trust him
20-22. Affirmation of confidence

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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