Psalm 33:12
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New International Version
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

New Living Translation
What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.

English Standard Version
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

New American Standard Bible
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

King James Bible
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Happy is the nation whose God is Yahweh-- the people He has chosen to be His own possession!

International Standard Version
How blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen as his own inheritance.

NET Bible
How blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen to be his special possession.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed are the people whose God is Lord Jehovah: the people whom he has chosen for himself for his inheritance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. Blessed are the people he has chosen as his own.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed is the people whose God is the LORD; the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.

American King James Version
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.

American Standard Version
Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah, The people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the people whom he hath chosen for his inheritance.

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah, the people that he hath chosen for his inheritance!

English Revised Version
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

World English Bible
Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh, the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of the nation whose God is Jehovah, Of the people He did choose, For an inheritance to Him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

33:12-22 All the motions and operations of the souls of men, which no mortals know but themselves, God knows better than they do. Their hearts, as well as their times, are all in his hand; he formed the spirit of each man within him. All the powers of the creature depend upon him, and are of no account, of no avail at all, without him. If we make God's favour sure towards us, then we need not fear whatever is against us. We are to give to him the glory of his special grace. All human devices for the salvation of our souls are vain; but the Lord's watchful eye is over those whose conscientious fear of his name proceeds from a believing hope in his mercy. In difficulties they shall be helped; in dangers they shall not receive any real damage. Those that fear God and his wrath, must hope in God and his mercy; for there is no flying from him, but by flying to him. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; let us always have the comfort and benefit, not according to our merits, but according to the promise which thou hast in thy word given to us, and according to the faith thou hast by thy Spirit and grace wrought in us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 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 (ver. 12).

2. His providence and care are extended over all mankind (vers. 13, 14).

3. His gracious influences are poured out on the hearts of all (ver. 15).

4. He is the sole Protector and Deliverer of men from danger and death (vers. 16-19). Verse 12. - Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (comp. Psalm 144:15). In other words, "Blessed is the people of Israel." Other nations did not know God as Jehovah - the Self-existent One - or, indeed, as a general rule, recognize any one and only God. And the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The intrusion of the word "and" is unfortunate. One "nation" or "people" only is spoken of, viz. the Hebrews. They are "blessed" in two respects: first, because they know God as Jehovah; and secondly, because he has chosen them out of all the nations of the earth to be his "peculiar people" (see Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 4:20; Deuteronomy 7:6; Deuteronomy 14:2; 1 Kings 8:53; Psalm 135:4, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,.... Who have an interest in such a wonder working God, both in creation and in providence, and especially in grace: which, though it may have a principal regard to the nation of Israel, whose God he was in a very distinguishing manner, yet must not be limited to them; for he is the God of the Gentiles also: this nation is the chosen generation, the holy nation and peculiar people, both among Jews and Gentiles; and the Lord is the God of these; not only as the God of nature and providence, but as the God of all grace; who must be happy, since he is their portion and exceeding great reward; nor shall they want any good thing, nor need they fear any evil; they are on the heart of God, and cannot be separated from his love; they are engraven on the palms of his hands, and shall be helped, strengthened, and upheld with the right hand of his righteousness; all things work together for their good; and this God of theirs will be their God and guide unto death; they may expect every needful good thing now, and all glory and happiness hereafter;

and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance; not Israel only, but the Gentiles also; not all mankind, but a peculiar people, whom the Lord has chosen out of the world to be his possession, and who are his jewels and peculiar treasure; these are happy, being the Lord's portion, and the lot of his inheritance; and he chooses an inheritance for them, adopts and begets them unto it, and makes them meet to be partakers of it.

The Treasury of David

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Israel was happy in the worship of the only true God. It was the blessedness of the chosen nation to have received a revelation from Jehovah. While others grovelled before their idols, the chosen people were elevated by a spiritual religion which introduced them to the invisible God, and led them to trust in him. All who confide in the Lord are blessed in the largest and deepest sense, and none can reverse the blessing. "And the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." Election is at the bottom of it all. The divine choice rules the day; none take Jehovah to be their God till he takes them to be his people. What an ennobling choice this is! We are selected to no mean estate, and for no ignoble purpose: we are made the peculiar domain and delight of the Lord our God. Being so blessed, let us rejoice in our portion, and show the world by our lives that we serve a glorious Master.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12-19. The inference from the foregoing in Ps 33:12 is illustrated by God's special providence, underlying which is His minute knowledge of all men.

Psalm 33:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise is Fitting for the Upright
11The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. 12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. 13The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men;…
Cross References
Exodus 19:5
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

Exodus 34:9
"Lord," he said, "if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance."

Deuteronomy 7:6
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

2 Chronicles 31:8
When Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps, they praised the LORD and blessed his people Israel.

Psalm 28:9
Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Psalm 65:4
Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.

Psalm 144:15
Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the LORD.

Zechariah 2:12
The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.

Blessed

Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yes, happy is that …

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel…

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, …

Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy are you, O Israel: who is like to you, O people saved by the …

people

Psalm 65:4 Blessed is the man whom you choose, and cause to approach to you, …

Psalm 135:4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob to himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

his own

Psalm 28:9 Save your people, and bless your inheritance: feed them also, and …

Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

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