Psalm 33:13
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New International Version
From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;

New Living Translation
The LORD looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.

English Standard Version
The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man;

New American Standard Bible
The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men;

King James Bible
The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD looks down from heaven; He observes everyone.

International Standard Version
When the LORD looks down from heaven, he observes every human being.

NET Bible
The LORD watches from heaven; he sees all people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah looked out from Heaven and saw all the children of men

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD looks down from heaven. He sees all of Adam's descendants.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD looked from heaven; he saw all the sons of Adam.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men.

American King James Version
The LORD looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men.

American Standard Version
Jehovah looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath looked from heaven: he hath beheld all the sons of men.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah looketh from the heavens; he beholdeth all the sons of men:

English Revised Version
The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men;

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

World English Bible
Yahweh looks from heaven. He sees all the sons of men.

Young's Literal Translation
From the heavens hath Jehovah looked, He hath seen all the sons of men.
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

Verse 13. - The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men (comp. Psalm 11:4: 14:2; 102:19). God's having any care at all for man is a wondrous condescension, and so worthy of all praise; his having regard to all men - all the frail sons of weak and sinful Adam - is still more wonderful, still more deserving of eulogy.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord looketh from heaven,.... Where his throne and temple are, upon the earth and men, and things in it, as follows;

he beholdeth all the sons of men; the evil and the good; which is contrary to the sense of many wicked men, who imagine he takes no notice of what is done here below; but his eye is upon all, upon all the workers of iniquity, how secret soever they may be; and not only his eye of Providence is upon good men, but his eye of love, grace, and mercy; and he has a special and distinct knowledge of them: agreeably to this are some expressions of Heathen writers; says one (e),

"the eye of God sees all things;''

says another (f),

"there is a great God in heaven who sees all things, and governs.''

(e) , &c. Hesiod. Opera & Dies, l. 1. v. 263. (f) , &c. Sophoclis Electra, v. 174, 175.

The Treasury of David

13 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host; a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

17 An horse is a vain thing for safety; neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Psalm 33:13

"The Lord looketh from heaven." The Lord is represented as dwelling above and looking down below; seeing all things, but peculiarly observing and caring for those who trust in him. It is one of our choicest privileges to be always under our Father's eye, to be never out of sight of our best Friend. "He beholdeth all the sons of men." All Adam's sons are as well watched as was Adam himself, their lone progenitor in the garden. Ranging from the frozen pole to the scorching equator, dwelling in hills and valleys, in huts and palaces, alike doth the divine eye regard all the members of the family of man.

Psalm 33:14

From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth." Here the sentiment is repeated: it is worth repeating, and it needs repeating, for man is most prone to forget it. As great men sit at their windows and watch the crowd below, so doth the Lord; he gazeth intently upon his responsible creatures, and forgets nothing of what he sees.

Psalm 33:15

"He fashioneth their hearts alike." By which is meant that all hearts are equally fashioned by the Lord, kings' hearts as well as the hearts of beggars. The text does not mean that all hearts are created originally alike by God, such a statement would scarcely be true, since there is the utmost variety in the constitutions and dispositions of men. All men equally owe the possession of life to the Creator, and have therefore no reason to boast themselves. What reason has the vessel to glorify itself in presence of the potter? "He considereth al their works." Not in vain doth God see men's acts: he ponders and judges them. He reads the secret design in the outward behaviour, and resolves the apparent good into its real elements. This consideration foretokens a judgment when the results of the divine thoughts will be meted out in measures of happiness or woe. Consider thy ways, O man, for God considers them!

Psalm 33:16

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. looketh—intently (Isa 14:16).

Psalm 33:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise is Fitting for the Upright
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; 14From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth,…
Cross References
Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Job 28:24
for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.

Psalm 11:4
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.

Psalm 14:2
The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

Psalm 102:19
"The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth,
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men.

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Psalm 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his …

Psalm 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if …

Psalm 102:19 For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven …

Genesis 6:12 And God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all …

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth…

Job 28:24 For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heaven;

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Lamentations 3:50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.

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Psalm 53:2 God looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there …

Jeremiah 23:23,24 Am I a God at hand, said the LORD, and not a God afar off…

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

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