Psalm 33:9
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New International Version
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

New Living Translation
For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.

English Standard Version
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

New American Standard Bible
For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

King James Bible
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He spoke, and it came into being; He commanded, and it came into existence.

International Standard Version
because he spoke and it came to be, because he commanded, it stood firm.

NET Bible
For he spoke, and it came into existence, he issued the decree, and it stood firm.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because he spoke and they existed; he commanded and it was established.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He spoke, and it came into being. He gave the order, and there it stood.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it came into being.

King James 2000 Bible
For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

American King James Version
For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

American Standard Version
For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he spoke and they were made: he commanded and they were created.

Darby Bible Translation
For *he* spoke, and it was [done]; *he* commanded, and it stood fast.

English Revised Version
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

World English Bible
For he spoke, and it was done. He commanded, and it stood firm.

Young's Literal Translation
For He hath said, and it is, He hath commanded, and it standeth.
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 9. - For he spake, and it was done; rather, and it was; the thing of which he spake at once existed. See the passage of Genesis which Longinus thought so striking an instance of the sublime, "And God said, Let there be light; and there was light" (Genesis 1:8). He commanded, and it stood fast; literally, and it stood. God's lightest word, once uttered, is a standing law, to which nature absolutely conforms, and man ought to conform (comp. Psalm 119:90, 91).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he spake, and it was done,.... Or "it was" (a), it came into being by a word speaking, almighty power going along with it; see Genesis 1:3;

he commanded, and it stood fast; every created thing continued in its being; not only all things were produced into being by his all commanding word and power, "nutu Jovis", as Maximus Tyrius speaks (b); but by the same all things are upheld and consist, Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:17. The poet (c) uses the same word of God in the creation of things; and is the phrase in Genesis 1:3 admired by Longinus (d): or this may refer to the implantation of the grace of fear in the hearts of his people; for as he speaks life into them in regeneration, commands light to shine in their dark heart, and says to them, when in their blood, Live; so by the mighty power of his word he commands the fear of him in them, and it continues.

(a) "et fuit", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Gejerus; so Ainsworth. (b) Dissert. 25. (c) "Jussit et extendi campos", &c. Ovid. Metamorph. l. 1. Fab. 1. v. 43. (d) De Sublimi.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. he spake—literally, "said."

it was—The addition of "done" weakens the sense (compare Ge 1:3-10).

Psalm 33:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise is Fitting for the Upright
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. 10The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.…
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.

Psalm 147:18
He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

Psalm 148:5
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created,

Lamentations 3:37
Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

Ezekiel 24:14
"'I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.'"
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of …

Psalm 148:5,6 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created…

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

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

and it stood

Psalm 93:5 Your testimonies are very sure: holiness becomes your house, O LORD, for ever.

Psalm 119:90,91 Your faithfulness is to all generations: you have established the …

Colossians 1:16,17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that …

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his …

Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for …

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