Psalm 33:8
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New International Version
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.

New Living Translation
Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him.

English Standard Version
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

New American Standard Bible
Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

King James Bible
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let the whole earth tremble before the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

International Standard Version
Let all the world fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him;

NET Bible
Let the whole earth fear the LORD! Let all who live in the world stand in awe of him!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All the Earth will stand in awe of Lord Jehovah and all the inhabitants of the world will tremble from before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let all the earth fear the LORD. Let all who live in the world stand in awe of him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

King James 2000 Bible
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

American King James Version
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

American Standard Version
Let all the earth fear Jehovah: Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let all the earth fear the Lord, and let all the inhabitants of the world be in awe of him.

Darby Bible Translation
Let all the earth fear Jehovah; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

English Revised Version
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

World English Bible
Let all the earth fear Yahweh. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Young's Literal Translation
Afraid of Jehovah are all the earth, Of Him are all the inhabitants of the world afraid.
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

Verses 8-11. - From the exhortation in ver. 1, addressed to the righteous, to praise the Lord, the psalmist passes now to a second exhortation, addressed to all mankind, to fear the Lord. And as before in vers. 4-7, so now in veto. 9-11, he assigns reasons. God is to be feared

(1) on account of the power which he showed in creation (ver. 9);

(2) on account of his ability to baffle all human counsels that are opposed to him (ver. 10); and

(3) on account of the unehangeableness and perpetuity of his own counsels, which nothing can alter (ver. 11). Verse 8. - Let all the earth fear the Lord. The righteous alone have a right to "praise" God (see ver. 1), but "all the earth" - i.e. all mankind - may be called upon to "fear" him. He is an object of awe and true "godly fear" to godly men; to the ungodly he is an object of terror and servile fear. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. Here again, as so often, the second hemistich merely echoes the first.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let all the earth fear the Lord,.... That is, all the men that dwell upon the face of the earth. As it follows,

let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him; which fear and awe design a reverence of the divine Majesty, whose divine perfections are so manifest in the works of creation; and a carefulness not to offend him, into whose hands it must be a fearful thing to fall; and the whole worship of him, which is often in Scripture expressed by the fear of him: and this is to be understood either as what is the duty of all men; for to "fear God, and keep his commandments, is the whole duty of man", Ecclesiastes 12:13; and which is incumbent on all men, in consideration of his being the Creator of them; and the obligation to it is yet more increased through his providential care of them and goodness to them; and still more should be found in them, seeing he will be the Judge of them, and has a despotic and uncontrollable power over them; and what is it that he cannot do, who has done all this before related? though none can fear him aright but such who have the grace of fear put into their hearts by the Spirit of God: or else this may be prophetically said, as what will be in the latter day, when not only the Jews shall fear the Lord and his goodness, Hosea 3:5, but when the fulness of the Gentiles being brought into the church, it shall fear and be enlarged; yea, all nations shall fear the Lord and glorify his name, and come and worship before him, Isaiah 60:5.

The Treasury of David

8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Psalm 33:8

"Let all the earth fear the Lord." Not only Jews, but Gentiles. The Psalmist was not a man blinded by national prejudice, he did not desire to restrict the worship of Jehovah to the seed of Abraham. He looks for homage even to far-off nations. If they are not well enough instructed to be able to praise at least let them fear. There is an inferior kind of worship in the trembling which involuntarily admits the boundless power of the thundering God. A defiant blasphemer is out of place in a world covered with tokens of the divine power and Godhead; the whole earth cannot afford a spot congenial for the erection of a synagogue of Atheism, nor a man in whom it is becoming to profane the name of God. "Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him." Let them forsake their idols, and reverently regard the only living God. What is here placed as a wish may also be read as a prophecy: the adoration of God will yet be universal.

Psalm 33:9

"For he spake, and it was done." Creation was the fruit of a word. Jehovah said, "Light be," and light was. The Lord's acts are sublime in their ease and instantaneoussness. "What a word is this?" This was the wondering enquiry of old, and it may be ours to this day. "He commanded, and it stood fast." Out of nothing creation stood forth, and was confirmed in existence. The same power which first uplifted, now makes the universe to abide; although we may not observe it, there is as great a display of sublime power in confirming as in creating. Happy is the man who has learned to lean his all upon the sure word of him who built the skies!

Psalm 33:10

"The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought." While his own will is done, he takes care to anticipate the wilfulness of his enemies. Before they come to action he vanquishes them in the council-chamber; and when, well armed with craft, they march to the assault, he frustrates their knaveries, and makes their promising plots to end in nothing. Not only the folly of the heathen, but their wisdom too, shall yield to the power of the cross of Jesus; what a comfort is this to those who have to labour where sophistry, and philosophy, falsely so called, are set in opposition to the truth as it is in Jesus. "He maketh the devices of the people of none effect." Their persecutions, slanders, falsehoods, are like puff-balls flung against a granite wall - they produce no result at all; for the Lord overrules the evil, and brings good out of it. The cause of God is never in danger: infernal craft is outwitted by infinite wisdom, and Satanic malice held in check by boundless power.

Psalm 33:11

"The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever." He changes not his purpose, his decree is not frustrated, his designs are accomplished. God has a predestination according to the counsel of his will, and none of the devices of his foes can thwart his decree for a moment. Men's purposes are blown to and fro like the thread of the gossamer or the down of the thistle, but the eternal purposes are firmer than the earth. "The thoughts of' his heart to all generations." Men come and go, sons follow their sires to the grave, but the undisturbed mind of God moves on in unbroken serenity, producing ordained results with unerring certainty. No man can expect his will or plan to be carried out from age to age; the wisdom of one period is the folly of another, but the Lord's wisdom is always wise, and his designs run on from century to century. His power to fulfil his purposes is by no means diminished by the lapse of years. He who was absolute over Pharaoh in Egypt is not one whit the less today the King of kings and Lord of lords; still do his chariot wheels roll onward in imperial grandeur, none being for a moment able to resist his eternal will.



Psalm 33:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise is Fitting for the Upright
7He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. 8Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.…
Cross References
Psalm 22:23
You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

Psalm 49:1
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,

Psalm 67:7
May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Psalm 76:8
From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet--

Psalm 96:9
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.
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Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

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Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only …

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Psalm 76:7 You, even you, are to be feared: and who may stand in your sight …

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

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