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33. Psalm 33

1Rejoice in Jehovah, O ye righteous:

Praise is comely for the upright.

2Give thanks unto Jehovah with the harp:

Sing praises unto him with the psaltery of ten strings.

3Sing unto him a new song;

Play skilfully with a loud noise.

4For the word of Jehovah is right;

And all his work is done in faithfulness.

5He loveth righteousness and justice:

The earth is full of the lovingkindness of Jehovah.

6By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made,

And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

7He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap:

He layeth up the deeps in store-houses.

8Let all the earth fear Jehovah:

Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

9For he spake, and it was done;

He commanded, and it stood fast.

10Jehovah bringeth the counsel of the nations to nought;

He maketh the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect.

11The counsel of Jehovah standeth fast for ever,

The thoughts of his heart to all generations.

12Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah,

The people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

13Jehovah looketh from heaven;

He beholdeth all the sons of men;

14From the place of his habitation he looketh forth

Upon all the inhabitants of the earth,

15He that fashioneth the hearts of them all,

That considereth all their works.

16There is no king saved by the multitude of a host:

A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

17A horse is a vain thing for safety;

Neither doth he deliver any by his great power.

18Behold, the eye of Jehovah is upon them that fear him,

Upon them that hope in his lovingkindness;

19To deliver their soul from death,

And to keep them alive in famine.

20Our soul hath waited for Jehovah:

He is our help and our shield.

21For our heart shall rejoice in him,

Because we have trusted in his holy name.

22Let thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, be upon us,

According as we have hoped in thee.

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It therefore follows, A king is not saved for the multitude of his host, etc By this the inspired writer means to teach us, that the safety of men’s lives depends not upon their own strength, but upon the favor of God. He names particularly kings and giants rather than others; because, as they are not of the common class of men, but of a higher condition, they appear to themselves to be beyond the reach of all danger from darts, and if any adversity befall them, they promise themselves an easy deliverance from it. In short, intoxicated with a presumptuous confidence of their own strength, they scarcely think themselves mortal. They are still more hardened in this pride by the foolish admiration of the common people, who stand amazed at the greatness of their power. If, therefore, neither a king is saved by his troops, nor a giant by his strength, when they are exposed to danger, in vain do mankind neglect the providence of God, and look around them for human help. From this it follows, that the condition, both of the strong and the weak, is miserable, until they learn to rely on the protection of God.