Psalm 33:6
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New International Version
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

New Living Translation
The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.

English Standard Version
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

New American Standard Bible
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.

King James Bible
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The heavens were made by the word of the LORD, and all the stars, by the breath of His mouth.

International Standard Version
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made; all the heavenly bodies by the breath of his mouth.

NET Bible
By the LORD's decree the heavens were made; by a mere word from his mouth all the stars in the sky were created.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By The Word of Lord Jehovah the Heavens were made, and all his hosts by The Breath of his mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The heavens were made by the word of the LORD and all the stars by the breath of his mouth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

American King James Version
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

American Standard Version
By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made, And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By the word of the Lord the heavens were established; and all the power of them by the spirit of his mouth:

Darby Bible Translation
By the word of Jehovah were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

English Revised Version
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

World English Bible
By Yahweh's word, the heavens were made; all their army by the breath of his mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
By the word of Jehovah The heavens have been made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

33:1-11 Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon the righteous. Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. Every endowment we possess, should be employed with all our skill and earnestness in God's service. His promises are all wise and good. His word is right, and therefore we are only in the right when we agree with it. His works are all done in truth. He is the righteous Lord, therefore loveth righteousness. What a pity it is that this earth, which is so full of the proofs and instances of God's goodness, should be so empty of his praises; and that of the multitudes who live upon his bounty, there are so few who live to his glory! What the Lord does, he does to purpose; it stands fast. He overrules all the counsels of men, and makes them serve his counsels; even that is fulfilled, which to us is most surprising, the eternal counsel of God, nor can any thing prevent its coming to pass.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - By the word of the Lord were the heavens made. God is to be praised, not only for his goodness, but also for his greatness, and especially for his greatness in creation (see Psalm 19:1-6). The heavens were made "by his word" in a double sense - by the Word, who is the Second Person of the Trinity (John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2, 10), and by a mere utterance, without the employment of any mechanical means, as we learn from Genesis 1:6-8. And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. The "host of heaven" is here, undoubtedly, the host of heavenly bodies - the sun, moon, and stars - as in Genesis 2:1. These were made "by the breath of God's mouth;" i.e. by his simple utterance of the command - "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night" (Genesis 1:14; comp. Job 26:13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made,.... The aerial and starry heavens, and the heaven of heavens, the third heaven, the seat of the divine Majesty, and the habitation of angels and glorified saints; these were "made" even out of nothing, not out of any pre-existent matter, nor were they eternal; and being made are creatures, and so not to be worshipped, neither they nor their hosts after mentioned; angels, sun, moon, and stars; these were made by the Word of God, the essential Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who often goes by this name, John 1:1; and very fitly agrees with him, who spoke for all his people in the council and covenant of grace, and undertook to be their surety; is the Word spoken of by all the holy prophets since the beginning of the world; is the interpreter of his Father's mind and will, of which he must be capable, since he lay in his bosom; and now he speaks for his saints in heaven, whose advocate he is; and especially he may be so called because he so often spake on the six days of creation, and said, let this and the other thing be, and it was so; and to him, as the Word of God, is the creation of all things frequently ascribed, John 1:1, Hebrews 11:3, and particularly the heavens, Hebrews 1:10. This is a proof of the deity of Christ, and of the dignity of his person; and shows how fit he is to be the Saviour of men; how safe the saints are in his hands; and that he ought to be trusted in, adored, and worshipped;

and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth: by "the host" of the heavens are meant the angels of heaven, who dwell in the third heaven, and are the militia of it; they are called the heavenly host, Luke 2:13; these are under Jehovah, as their Lord and King, and are the army among whom he does according to his will, 1 Kings 22:19; these attended him whenever he has made any remarkable appearance; and they have been employed by him against his enemies, and in defence of his people, about whom they encamp, 2 Kings 19:35. The sun, moon, and stars, are the host of the next heaven, these are ranged in their proper order by the Lord, and he keeps the muster roll of them, Isaiah 40:26; and these are used by him as his militia; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera, Judges 5:20; and the winged tribe are the host of the lower heaven; and even the lower class of these, as the locusts and grasshoppers, go forth in bands and troops, and encamp in the hedges, and at the command of God pass through and devour whole countries, Proverbs 30:27; and all these are made by "the breath" or "spirit (z) of Jehovah's mouth"; that is, by the Spirit of God, the third Person in the Trinity; a name which is suitable to him who is breathed forth, and proceeds from the Father and the Son, and to whom creation is ascribed, Genesis 1:2; and which is no inconsiderable proof of his deity; and shows that he must be equal to the work of sanctification, which he begins and carries on. Now though the creation of the heavens is attributed to the Word, and the host of them to the Spirit, yet we are not to suppose that one Person took one part, and another Person another part of the creation; but they were all, Father, Word, and Spirit, jointly concerned in the whole.

(z) "spiritu oris ejus", V. L. Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

The Treasury of David

6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

Psalm 33:6

"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made." The angelic heavens, the sidereal heavens, and the firmament or terrestrial heavens, were all made to start into existence by a word; what if we say by the Word, "For without him was not anything made that is made." It is interesting to note the mention of the Spirit in the next clause, "and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth;" the word "breath" is the same as is elsewhere rendered Spirit. Thus the three persons of the Godhead unite in creating all things. How easy for the Lord to make the most ponderous orbs, and the most glorious angels! A word, a breath could do it. It is as easy for God to create the universe as for a man to breathe, nay, far easier, for man breathes not independently, but borrows the breath in his nostrils from his Maker. It may be gathered from this verse that the constitution of all things is from the infinite wisdom, for his word may mean his appointment and determination. A wise and merciful Word has arranged, and a living Spirit sustains all the creation of Jehovah.

Psalm 33:7

"He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap." The waters were once scattered like corn strewn upon a threshing floor: they are now collected in one spot as an heap. Who else could have gathered them into one channel but their great Lord, at whose bidding the waters fled away? The miracle of the Red Sea is repeated in nature day by day, for the sea which now invades the shore under the impulse of sun and moon, would soon devour the land if bounds were not maintained by the divine decree. "He layeth up the depth in storehouses." The depths of the main are God's great cellars and storerooms for the tempestuous element. Vast reservoirs of water are secreted in the bowels of the earth, from which issue our springs and wells of water. What a merciful provision for a pressing need? May not the text also refer to the clouds, and the magazines of that, and snow, and rain, those treasuries of merciful wealth for the fields of earth? These aqueous masses are not piled away as in lumber rooms, but in storehouses for future beneficial use. Abundant tenderness is seen in the foresight of our heavenly Joseph, whose granaries are already filled against earth's time of need. These stores might have been, as once they were, the ammunition of vengeance, they are now a part of the commissariat of mercy.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. In "word" and "breath"—or, "spirit," there may be an allusion to the Son (Joh 1:1) and Holy Spirit.

Psalm 33:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise is Fitting for the Upright
5He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD. 6By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. 7He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Genesis 1:3
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

Genesis 1:6
And God said, "Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water."

Genesis 2:1
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 Chronicles 2:12
And Hiram added: "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth! He has given King David a wise son, endowed with intelligence and discernment, who will build a temple for the LORD and a palace for himself.

Psalm 104:30
When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

Psalm 148:5
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created,
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By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

By the

Psalm 33:9 For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Psalm 148:1-5 Praise you the LORD. Praise you the LORD from the heavens: praise …

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the …

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the …

Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…

2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God …

the host

Psalm 148:2,3 Praise you him, all his angels: praise you him, all his hosts…

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, …

Jeremiah 8:2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all …

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served …

breath

Psalm 104:30 You send forth your spirit, they are created: and you renew the face …

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed …

Job 26:13 By his spirit he has garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the …

Job 33:4 The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life.

John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, …

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